Shooter McGavin, the fictitious villainous golfer in Adam Sandler’s ‘90s comedy Happy Gilmore, might be timelessly unlikeable. But the sangas at this eponymous Grattan Street cafe are a different story.
The sandwich shop offers eight-or-so sandwiches weekly – with fresh, hot and toasted options – plus weekend specials. Chef and co-owner Liam Lowther channels the flavours of his childhood into the menu, using his north-east-Yorkshire nanna’s recipe for “biscuit buns” among other things. Like a savoury scone, they’re loaded with buttermilk fried chicken (with a hot honey glaze), crunchy pickled cucumber and his nanna’s ranch sauce.
Other favourites include the fish butty (soft white bread with crumbed market fish, hand-cut chips, iceberg, malt vinegar and tartare) and an Italian ciabatta with mortadella, salami, ’nduja and ricotta. For the veggos, there’s a curried-egg-salad sanga and a cheesy delight with English cheddar, gouda and Gruyere (with a green-tomato dipping sugo).
You might also find cinnamon brioche scrolls, buttermilk pancake stacks and smashed sausage bagels.
Coffee is from Inglewood, and co-owner Josh McAsey whips up super-thick shakes in flavours such as choc-malt, coffee and Biscoff. Plus there are two iced teas: peach and pineapple, and coconut and lime.
The fit-out works with the building’s heritage, featuring white-tiled walls and a deep green trim. Happy Gilmore posters hang on the wall for a splash of colour, and you can sit up at the curved bar by the open kitchen or check out what’s happening on the corner by pulling up at a bench seat next to one of the four-metre-high windows.
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