I think the time has come to finally do a list of my top picks for dining in Berwick and beyond.
As I have mentioned before, I have been living in lovely Berwick for more than a year now and in that time I have visited a lot of the local restaurants, cafe’s and foodie spots. I won’t lie, there was a bit of disappointment early on and there were a lot more coffee’s being made at home. There was also quite a bit of jealousy toward other foodie blogs who nonchalantly complain about the plethora of food trucks lining their streets I’m taking about you http://www.considerthesauce.net . But after 12 months, and a lot of research, I finally have a list of places to visit. So here it is, my gift to you Berwick!
Pane Di Fiore. Shop 1 Oakview Boulevard, Narre Warren North.
They do cakes, they do coffee, they do delicious sandwiches. They also have a lovely assortment of bread and often have some kind of “theme” food for Easter or Christmas. They do not have a website yet but you can check them out at their Facebook page.
There are some great photo’s of their sourdough loaf and their hot cross buns if you’re feeling hungry.
Lucky Dumpling. 19 Webb St, Naree Warren.
This is a very new, small, utilitarian dumpling restaurant in Naree Warren. It is rating pretty well on urbanspon.com and when I visited it we had a lovely dinner of noodles, dumplings and spring onion pancake. You do not eat here for le ambiance but for le tasty dumplings. Yum! I am so glad Chinese street food finally found us out here in the South Eastern Suburbs.
Best Farmers Market
This is a hard one. I love the Berwick Farmers Market which I have previously posted about here. http://eatmystreet.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/farmers-market-at-the-old-cheese-factory.
But this week my winners gong goes to Emerald Market at the Emerald community hall. They win because they have the BEST bread EVER in the whole world. I never exaggerate. 😉 It has to be seen and tasted to be believed and this is one of the only places they sell it. They are called Artisan Crust boulangerie and patisserie.
They can be found here
For more information on the Emerald Market and when it is run look here.
The Emerald Market is more of a craft and produce market than a strictly farmers market so really they are both very good markets and it is hard to choose. I know, try both!
Goodys Charcoal Chicken. Shop 8, 215 Parkhill Drive, Berwick.
This one is easy. I am mad keen on chips. Some might say addicted (anyone who knows me well does indeed say this). I really don’t go a fortnight without eating hot chips. I frequently travel across Berwick to eat these chips. Crispy, clean, very salty. I had better stop talking about them or I might need to eat more. So here are the details:
There is really not much to say about hot chips right? Everyone loves them. Get on them!
Carlei Green Vineyard and Cafe. 1 Alber Rd, Upper Beaconsfield.
I have blogged about my disappointment with pizza in Berwick before. I have eaten quite a bit more pizza since then but my opinion has not changed. I will say this, if you will not use real olives, then do not talk to me. Those pre chopped bit of black lego tyres taste like cardboard so WHY BOTHER? So I refuse to recommend any pizza restaurant bar Crust in Beaconsfield and that is nothing amazing. BUT, if you want to eat out for pizza and it is Sunday, then visit Carlei green vineyards and winery. They have their own wood fired pizza oven and a chef/cook who know’s their way around it. It is a small menu but so far every pizza I have tasted is delicious.
Best Soft Cheese
Le Dauphin from Thomas Dux grocery in Glen Waverley. Centro the Glen, 235 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley.
I have had some major misses with buying cheese in Berwick. I was basically very spoilt in the past. But really, in Berwick and surrounds I have bought cheese with metal in it, mouldy cheese that was not meant to be mouldy, off sweaty cheese and bouncy rubbery cheese. I love cheese and would like to live off it (plans are currently under way). So far Aldi would have to be my best place to buy it and that is not aiming particularly high it would be fair to say. So this one is a bit out of left field but here it is.
I know that is a long way to drive from Berwick, but if I am ever in the area I pick some cheese up. It is always good and ripe and well looked after and beats food poisoning from rank cheese near by any day. Le Dauphin coincidentally means, The Prince and indeed this Prince of the Brie that is made up on the Rhone Alps of France is delicious and perfect and I am in love with it. I bought it for $60/ kg at Thomas Dux, which is cheaper than buying it at Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder ($80/kg). So while it is expensive, it is also a bargain and it did fly all the way from Europe so I guess fair is fair.
Best Fine Dining:
This gong definitely goes to O.My in Beaconsfield. 23 Woods St, Beaconsfield.
You can read my post about them here
or visit them here
Interesting and delicious food in a sophisticated, modern restaurant. I can’t wait to go back!
I know you want to know my tip for best coffee. It is a big call though….. We do have our very own specialty coffee roaster
But they do not have a cafe.
I think the Gold FLogie (food logie) has to go to Four Figs in Beaconsfield. The coffee is consistently good here. They did charge me $4.50 once for a take away coffee which put them straight onto my bad list, but if you want to drink in, then this is the place.
Or you could just come to my place. The coffee is always good here.
Happy Eating Berwick!