Vinyl is the restaurant and bar area of live music venue, the Hi-Fi, located on bustling Boundary Street in West End. Commonly frequented for its pre-gig drinking qualities, it's actually the food that is the drawcard here.
Sitting kerbside at Vinyl you get to experience all of the great things about West End, including chatting with Craig, a friendly local bongo drum enthusiast who will shake your hand. The best part of the experience here though, is the menu, featuring delicious and unique takes on tacos, wings and burgers.
To start with my eating partner and I ordered tacos: the crispy pork belly with charred corn salsa and hot sauce, and the fried fish with chipotle sour cream and coriander salsa verde. Very accommodating to dietary requirements (low-gluten) they brought these out in crisp iceberg lettuce leaves – san choy bow style. At $5 each these tacos were mouth-wateringly tasty, with unique flavours working together well.
To continue the food-fest (accompanied by a Bulmer's Cider and Asahi) we ordered the twice-cooked chicken wings with hoi sin sauce – crunchy and salty - then a wagyu cheeseburger, served with cornichons and truffle dijonnaise. Served on a bed of thrice-cooked chat potato chips for the gluten intolerant, this is a rare win for those with dietary requirements.
With incredibly reasonable prices and a chilled vibe, Vinyl is the perfect place for a mid-week pigout or a Sunday lunchtime hangover cure.