The Pig & Pastry, Petersham (Jul-16) (♦♦♦)

The Pig & Pastry, Petersham (Jul-16) (♦♦♦)

The Pig & Pastry, Petersham (Jul-16) (♦♦♦)

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.

Score summary:
(♦=terrible, ♦♦♦♦♦=superb)

– 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?


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2 thoughts on “The Pig & Pastry, Petersham (Jul-16) (♦♦♦)

  1. Michael Jones

    wow.. a generous spirit you don’t seem and you oft sound pretentious in your writing. Does your opinion entertain? Very little me thinks.

    Your pictures and insights are interesting but the writing is just “breathable”. Dude, you should relax and try some prose. If you are more approachable it will help us readers feel like you are not uppity. e.g. I fail to see how the rest of Petersham’s competition is relevant, why you should make a comment to replace, an obviously housemade tart with a bourke st bakery one, even putting down your own wife, etc. All it does is make you sound ostentatious.

    Be approachable and don’t try for big words and imagery. I am sure people will start reading more.

    1. Mike Ho Post author

      Hey Michael,

      Good to get feedback and agree, I probably come across lacking in tact. Personally, I prefer reading reviews that don’t sugar coat opinions and separately, I think less is more (in word count).

      Will take on board your comments!


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