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Food adventure @ Lucky Coq

Famous for their super cheap $4 pizza deals (which haven’t changed in YEARS) and their ability to not skimp on the size or quality of the pizzas, most Melburnians know about the restaurant duo Lucky Coq and Bimbo Deluxe. It’s been years since I first heard about the restaurants but I have only just visited Lucky Coq for the first time. Talk about being slowwwwwwwww…

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Located on the corner of Chapel St and High St, the colourful building that houses Lucky Coq was quite distinct. The inside possessed all the makings of a standard pub/bar. There were a few tables outside on the High St side, and these spots seem quick to go on a sunny day or warm evening. My visit with thehouseofem took place on one such night, and we were fortunate enough to secure a table outside. 

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Chat patata - oven roasted potato chunks, with rosemary and salt. 

Feeling super hungry, we decided to order the potatoes to nibble on just in case the pizzas took a while (it didn’t matter anyway since everything came out at the same time). Served hot, the surface of the potato chunks were crispy while the interior was velvety soft. The flavour was bursting with each bite as the rosemary hit the nostrils and taste buds hard. It was a little too salty for my liking but easily rectified by shaking off the excess salt flakes.      

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Pollo diablo - spicy chicken, garlic, brocolli and capsicum. 

The chicken pizza should perhaps undergo a name change to garlic pizza. It possessed plenty of garlic: garlic mince and WHOLE cloves of garlic (as shown in the above photo). Needless to say, I didn’t have to worry about encountering any vampires after that meal! The chicken was succulent and had a very subtle but pleasant spice that, unfortunately, paled in the presence of that overpowering garlic flavour. As with the other pizza we had ordered, the crispy and thin pizza base was enjoyable to eat.  

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Lo zenzero prawn - prawn, ginger, garlic, chilli, coriander, caesar dressing, lemon, and bean sprouts.  

While the previous pizza had me thinking that’s what you get for paying $4, this pizza had me thinking the complete opposite. It was every bit as refreshing and flavoursome (pleasantly so) as I had anticipated after first reading the description on the menu. The lemony tang and creamy mayo-like caesar sauce matched perfectly to the crisp bean shoots, coriander and occasional ginger encounters. The pizza also delivered on the spicy element, with the sparing use of chilli lingering to spice up the remainder of the pizza. Great Asian flavours captured on a pizza base. 

Next on the to-visit list: Bimbo Deluxe! 

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Lucky Coq

179 Chapel St,

Windsor, Victoria, 3181.

(03) 9525 1288

http://www.luckycoq.com.au/