Fairly new to the Clayton dining scene is a casual dining establishment with a delivery service to suit the busy lives of students and workers alike who may be looking something a little different to the usual Asian or Indian takeaway. My friends and I arrived here one Thursday evening to grab some food after an evening bike ride and were initially going to an Indian restaurant when we saw this new place.
We were greeted by the owner and given free range on where to sit while the waitress at the counter barely looked our way at all. The contrast to attentiveness was real and distinct. Once we had decided what we had wanted to eat, we had to order the food from the counter but not have to pay for it yet which was a bit strange. After all why make us order food if not to pay for it at the same time?
Food didn’t take too long to arrive at least.
Auber parma $14.00
Panko crumbed eggplant layered with napoli sauce, mozarella, fresh basil and chips
Parma bolognese $16.00
panko crumbed chicken breast with bolognese, mozarella and chips
El Parmagiano $16.00
Napoli sauce, chorizo, Jalapenos, mozarella and chips
The eggplant parma was the first to come out and it looked really good. The eggplant was cooked just right with enough sauce, cheese and chips to keep you satisfied. All the chips that came with the parma tasted great as well. The chicken parmas themselves were another story as both the parma bolognese and el paramgiano were dry and didn’t have enough sauce on them.
Veggie patch slider $5.50
Zucchini, corn and cumin fritter, tomato relish and spinach
I had opted for a vegetarian slider which was surprisingly good. The crisp fritter with the tomato relish in a soft brioche like bun was all that it took to make me happy.
Veggie fritters $9.00
Spice battered mixed veggies (potato, cauliflower, eggplant, potato) with sweet chutney and aioli
The best surprise of the night for me were the veggie fritters. I was expecting pancake vegetable fritters to be served with some dipping sauce, but instead I got a whole dish of tempura like battered vegetable fritters for a bargain of a price. I couldn’t finish it all, but was more than happy to taken the rest home for later.
The Assembly FD has a decent selection of vegetarian food options that I would not have expected a burger and parma restaurant to have. They also have a delivery service which is always handy for students and people who live nearby, a big plus. However, as a business, there but still a lot of improvements to be made both on the food and the customer service fronts especially when you’re getting bad Zomato reviews on hand hygiene and the poor quality of burgers. I can’t attest to the quality of the meat burgers, but I can understand concerns for safe food handling practices and overall hygiene, especially where the customers can see you.
Regardless to say, I’d still come back for those veggie fritters.