Salt Meats Cheese (SMC) resides in the best-in-breed Drummoyne Harris Farm Markets. Colourful produce is everywhere on display. It’s a kick in the face to Aldi and the Asian grocers found in Sydney’s west, whereby ‘lowest price wins‘ and you get free fungus on the underbelly of any fruit.
Back at fungus-free SMC, here’s some brunch options: bakery, pizza or for those with a high disposable income, an Oyster Bar. Unlike in Chinatown, there is no ‘fishy‘ smell that wafts down the corridor. That’s a positive.
At the bakery, for $7.50 the prize is a Bacon & Egg roll. Before we get there, it’s worth checking out the barista.
In my expert opinion, this soy flat white tastes like a soy flat white….
In the same way you judge a woman’s beauty by her eyes, I look at size of roll, fattiness of bacon and degree of cheese melt as encouraging lead indicators.
Bacon & Egg ‘Grande’ with provolone cheese and special HFM sauce – $7.50.
There is two because after a decade-long relationship, we still don’t know how to share.
Bold hit of flavour, largely credited to a yellow condiment commonly seen in one particular American street food. Yes, I actually can’t quite distinguish this from a mustard hot dog aside from a sausage for bacon swap.
Beware an overwhelming molestation of mustard on all five senses. Positive – generous bacon. Negative – overly puffy and dry bread roll.
Next is one is not for calorie counters. There is a beautiful hit of sugar, butter and almond flakes wedged inside the corpse of France’s finest invention since the guillotine; the croissant.
Almond Croissant – $4.50.
Seriously crispy pastry, not overly sweet and very dense. Again, big tick albeit not the ‘health tick’.
We then waddle over to the deli counter for a palate cleanser.
Wild Rice with Eggplant and Farrow plus Prawn and Couscous Salad – $10 (large)
Visually stunning and equally sophisticated if you appreciate salads. Despite my death stares, the staff only provide 3 prawns. Borderline unacceptable.
My learnings are: farrow is a nicely chewy grain, prawns are fresh and I’d happily come back for thirds (in rare times of dietary guilt).
The fun continues with the in-house pizzeria. This is for next time.
The dedicated fromagerie is perhaps tall an ask for my lactose (in)tolerance.
SMC is now a weekly staple in the grocery shop with an upgrade opportunity in a B&E fix:
(♦ = terrible, ♦♦♦♦♦ = superb)
– Food (♦♦♦) – good quality but a frustratingly simple bakery breakfast menu.
– Value (♦♦♦♦♦) – hunger fulfillment for $10 or less.
– Other (♦♦♦♦) – co-location synergy with Harris Farm.
– Overall (♦♦♦♦) – simple things done right.
I would say don’t go out of your way for brunch only. Bring the grocery bags.
Will I be returning?