Ever since moving into Maxwell Food Centre, Lad & Dad has expanded their menu from solely stews to include timeless British culinary classics such as Bangers & Mash, Bacon & Chip Butty and the English Fry Up.

At $8, the bangers and mash comes with two excellent English sausages sitting pretty atop a mountain of chunky mashed potato, with a mushroom and onion chutney dressing the English bangers before everything is doused in a savory, thick beef gravy (chicken is available too).

The sausages were simply smashing, being juicy and tremendously tasty with a little hit of cracked black pepper every now and then. The buttery, thick mashed potatoes were rather satisfying to dig into, and when paired with that rich beef gravy (it might be their stew, I'm not sure), I was thoroughly enjoying that banging mash. The onion and mushroom chutney is pure brilliance, and the sweetness of the caramelized onions rubs off onto the mushrooms, and it provides a sweet respite from the savory onslaught.

However, it all just felt rather lacking today. Everything was just tepid, and it was quite disappointing to have such an excellent gravy just lose its appeal due to it not even being lukewarm. The mash was rather cold as well, and the sausages...that was barely warm. It's a shame really, all those fantastic flavors were let down by a distinct lack of heat from all elements involved.

Lad & Dad's grub is probably better than what I've sampled today. If only they'd remembered to make everything nice and hot.