On a recent Saturday it was a long overdue visit to my local Bunnings, rather than Manly beach, that caused me to be in the Baglowah area. Keen for a quick and inexpensive lunch I tried The Butchers Cafe on Sydney Road.
The Butchers Cafe is based on a very simple but rarely seen concept – it’s a cafe that adjoins the neighbouring butcher, Fairlight Gourmet Meats. Outside you’ll find a few street side tables – they’re not positioned to be basked in Winter sun but heaters and blankets are provided to keep you warm. There’s limited and highly sought after indoor seating, but if you arrive at peak time your chances of sitting inside may be slim. Chances are youll grab a table like this one….
The menu is short and, not surprisingly, it’s all about the meat. So don’t even consider this place if you’re after a quinoa & kale salad or avocado & feta on sourdough. The only vegetarian options are zucchini fritters and bircher muesli.
I’m very picky when it comes to eating only the best quality meat – ideally organic. So I was pleased to see The Butchers Cafe includes the origin and quality of the meats on the menu, such as free range chicken breast and Cape Grim scotch fillet. Menu items are priced between $4 (for banana bread) and $13.50 for the Wagyu burger. Inside there’s also a cabinet with a range of pre-prepared sandwiches at around $8.
The coffee is the familiar Allpress Espresso. I’ve enjoyed this coffee at many spots across Sydney but only when writing this did I actually find out a little more about Allpress Espresso. It’s a company founded by Michael Allpress back in 1986 across the Tasman in New Zealand. After entering Australia in 2000 the company then expanded into the UK in 2010 with Shoreditch Roastery & Cafe in London. In Sydney you’ll find their Roastery and Cafe in Zetland and the Melbourne branch is in Collingwood.
Enough about the coffee onto the food. As much as the whole menu was tempting here’s my verdict on two items. Even though each menu item comes on a particular style of bread they seem happy to take modifications. I swapped buns for sourdough and skipped the sugary caramelised onions.
The beef burger itself is jucy and tasty, it’s also man sized. And the extras like the relish and cheese give it an unexpected x factor. If you can’t resist a good burger then you won’t be disappointed. All it needed was a little something on the side.
Roast Cowra lamb leg with rocket, tomato, tzatziki, caremelised onion ($11)
I’m always biased when it comes to lamb meat – and the slower it’s cooked the better. The amount of lamb on this sandwich is generous. All it needed a little more of was the tzatziki. Other than that I’d happily devour this time and time again.
What about the flava sticks? There’s nothing worse than constructing a sandwich or burger that falls apart. Well the flava sticks seem to solve this problem – being a handy little tool that holds the bread, the meat and other fillings neatly in place. I couldn’t resist putting my sticks into my handbag – yes there were literally no leftovers on either wooden board, as even the flava sticks were irresistible. There are a lot of other cafes that could benefit from using these.
By Feast Wisely
- 152 Sydney Road, Fairlight, NSW, 2094
- 02 9949 2566
- 6am – 2.30pm Monday to Friday
- 6.30 – 2pm Saturday and 7am – 2pm Sunday
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