04 August 2020

Shalom - Indonesian, Mascot Central

The new bit of Mascot around the train station is just getting better and better food-wise. And it just got closer!

 

There's a bunch of new little restos along Bourke Street. Sadly a couple of them succumbed to the zombie invasion but others like Shalom are doing well.

Shalom is part of a small chain that is up and down like the Assyrian empire. They had an expansion frenzy several years ago, seemed to be everywhere, then closed most the stores down. Now they are expanding again.

There is another Shalom in the ye olde part of Mascot, but we are most excited about this one in the newer part of Mascot because it is just that bit closer to our Newtown bubble, and it has outside seating, essential for dining pleasure during the zombie apocalypse.

We have eaten at Shalom many, many times over the years and we are constantly impressed at the level of awesomeness across the menu and across all stores. Highly recommended.
 


Mie ayam jamur pangsit - $11. Yellow noodles with chicken and mushroom with soup on the side. 



Ayam bakar padang - $11. Grilled chicken with green chili sauce. If you are feeling brave order the version with the 'Shalom' sauce, holy mother of Richard Dawkins it's hot.



Bakwan penyet - $11. Sliced beef balls with hot and sour sauce - a super fun and surprisingly yum dish of fried manufactured mystery meat.



Mie goreng Jawa - $12. Stir fried noodles featuring friend chicken, googie, cucumber and crackers. The noodles are mild on the spice and quite eggy, not our favourite mee goreng but the fried chicken pieces on the side take it from good to glorious.



Soup iga - $14. Big hunks of beef on the bone in thin turmeric-y soup and rice on the side.



Gule kambing - $12. Big hunks of lamb on the bone, with bonus marrowbone, in a coconut-y curry soup. It's kind of like a lamb laksa without the noodles and rice on the side. Yeah.



Bakso Malang - $11. Small bakso (manufactured mystery meatballs) and an eye-poppingly good hunk of fish cake, with noodles and cracker. We are big fans of bakso, a light soup that is perfect in hot weather. This version has a nice chili kick to it.



Shalom Mascot Central's official address is Shop 11/ 42 Church Avenue, the shopfront is actually on Bourke Street, near the corner of Church Street. www.shalomrestaurant.com.au


We're super excited about the new bridge connecting Burrows Road in St Peters to Bourke Road in Alexandria, right near the south-east corner of Sydney Park. It is now a very pleasant and quick walk from Newtown to Mascot via Sydney Park. Thanks Westconnex!



Previously to get to Mascot we had to undergo a trudge of despair down the shabby end of Burrows Road and over the Ricketty Bridge, with its narrow footpath and constant stream of semi-trailers wooshing past. We shit ourselves every time walking over this bridge.



And how gorgeous is Sydney Park these days? It was like our own little secret hideaway until the lockdowns hit. Now it's a blur of activewear, kids on razor scooters and dogs.



More OT - a big thanks to whoever maintains the magic fairy tree on Erskineville Road.. It always brings a smile.



Not even the magic fairy tree escaped the lockdowns...


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