The Pig & Pastry is like a 3hr marathon pacer. A middle-pack plodder with popularity mainly justified by extreme predictability. They strategically focus on nailing curly fried bacon.
Cafe competition in Petersham really lacks depth; a few egg-flipping mom-and-pop operators and then the nearby St Vincent’s Aged Care home which specialises in mushed peas and powdered mash potato.
An old-school, English-style menu. I am told by Instagram that fritters is the ‘go’.
Sweet corn fritters with a poached egg, crispy bacon and avocado – $17.50
Fritters is a rare choice because it is a stomach-filler: boring, mild flavoured and often overly doughy. At least this is pan-fried to golden crispiness with a suitably textural bite.
Spirit lifts as I work through a fatty cut of bacon. It’s all bout the edges, which are perfectly blackened to caremalisation. Quality.
The reality of a single egg bears down on me. A burst yolk fails to coat the fritters which translates to an asymmetric flavour profile. Disaster.
As I polish this off, I am still hungry. If only Instagram photos showed scale…
Bacon & Egg Roll – $9
Once again, too small with an offset in the bacon curls. These add necessary vertical to the roll and we know in food and life, height is a good thing.
Each bite into the bap roll finishes with a fantastic salty crunch. Perhaps cheese melt would be a nice addition?
As portions are small, we test the in-house baking operation.
Chocolate tart – $5.50
The basics are OK: buttery pastry, rich filler and not overly sweet. Not a product that warrants much praise. I conclude a better model is to re-sell Bourke Street Bakery goods at a 30% margin.
Flat white – $4.00
The wife’s flat white is ‘full flavoured‘. That’s code for she has no idea how to critique a drink.
– Food (♦♦♦) – simple things done well. No innovation.
– Value (♦♦♦♦) – the portions are very disappointing. Pricing is OK.
– Other (♦♦♦) – humble, local feel. Largely forgettable.
– Overall (♦♦♦) – a solidly forgettable experience.
If your mother’s group congregates at Petersham Park, then TP&P is a suitable end point. If you want a real brunch, head to Enmore or Marrickville.
Will I be returning?