Get your sauce straight from the source – the crew behind locally made Changz Hot Sauce have opened a canteen dedicated to food you can eat with your hands.
Business partners Tom Jacobson, James Forge and Josh Monteiro are creating their fiery habanero-jalapeno concoctions onsite, with a production kitchen out back and snack bar up front.
The furnishings are minimal, the sound system is cranking and there's a Banksy-inspired Pulp Fiction/Star Wars mash-up mural. Niche.
Monteiro says they're not aiming to be a novelty burger restaurant (there's a three patty rule) – just a local hangout serving roll-up-your-sleeves bar snacks.
For now, the boys are turning out a reduced menu of fried snacks (giant padron peppers with an anchovy and basil crumb, fried chicken, pork scratchings), banh mi and burgers on Japanese-style milk buns from Brasserie Bread – medium-rare patties with good char, American-style cheese, mustard and pickle with optional fries, jalapenos and bacon.
New dishes will roll out over the next month, you'll find more hand-held options, perhaps a reuben sandwich, a soft-shell crab roll, and some vegetarian alternatives (a vegan, gluten-free bun is in the works).
Grab a good handful of napkins, no cutlery required.
Open Wed-Thu & Sun 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-late.
256 Glen Eira Road, Elsternwick, 03 9077 0353, changzhotsauce.com.au