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Salt, Meats & Cheese Alexandria NSW

The Fisher Board:  Zucchini fritter hair  with marinated baby squid, baby prawns and baby calamari on a salad.

I must confess that we already had lunch before we checked out 21 Fountain Street.   Looking at Salts, Meats & Cheese, we decided to have a sampler - and did not regret this initial exorbitant choice.   The SMC is one of five outlets in this renovated warehouse, sited at the very right if you stand in front of this building.   We are immediately greeted by a pleasant young man in black T-short and pants, informal but still professional, and most important of all, friendly to the customers, even if it was a busy Saturday afternoon.

What captivated me was some dishes done in Sardinian and Sicilian style, apart from the mainland Italian choices.   Friends tell me they come for the pizza, made in a special contraption that came all the way from Napoli.    SMC did  not project itself as overly serious, but more like authentic, in a hipster setting.  The outlet in Alexandria was not big for seating but had a welcome space walking in.    The ceilings are high, the interiors still evoke the industrial nature of the building and yet you can view the street outside and not feel hemped in.   Young families, twenty somethings and couples predominate.

I am so glad this SMC outlet in Alexandria has moved away from the Bourke Street space next to the Grounds of Alexandria  - for me, going to this site has been a vehicle parking nightmare which defeats the purpose of a leisurely weekend brunch moment.

One may want to compare with the crab meat Tagliolini with the Linguini version at the nearby Devon on Danks,  but to me the SMC version was a different cuisine and dish.   The pasta had a different texture and the gravy made with  from a dissimilar recipe - to each their own! 

I am not a fan of Ragu in Itallian cooking, but I noticed the clever addition of burnt orange to enhance the flavours at the SMC.   The braised lamb is still served with Papperdelle as in the classic recipe, but garnished with thyme, Gremolada and Roman styled Pecorino cheese shaves.

Heart felt touches in ingredients are noticed, like the chargrilled pumpkin on the Antipasto platter.   Best of all, from 1 August 2016, this Alexandria outlet will become a patisserie, run by  Pastry Chef Laurence Pagano, formerly from Adriano Zumbo and Mercato e Cucina in Gladesville NSW.

The breakfast menu and the drinks list are both simple though, with the choices in Paninis, egg variations and wholegrain bowls.

Directors Stefano De Blasi and Edoardo Perlo have got something right at the SMC.  It is not just dining on tasty Italian or gulping good pizzas, but there are also cheese  making classes.    SMC also offers a unique Farinata list, served with Proscuitto San Daniele, goat cheese, Buffalo Mozzarella and shaved Parmesan options.

Tagliolini with crab meat, cherry tomatoes, garlic and Zucchini.

It was a cold day outside, so my group of four persons did not feel the overheated effect as some have claimed visiting in summer.   To me, the SMC at Alexandria allows you to have more wholesome meals, but if you just want to snack you are also accommodated.

When leaving this SMC for Affagato at the adjoining Campos Coffee in the same building, I must say each of us did not regret having checked out the SMC here.   I cannot wait to return.......

Salt, Meats & Cheese visited is located at  21 Fountain Street Alexandria NSW, opposite the Dan Murphy store and not far from the junction with McEvoy Street.   Cooking class and delivery options are available on enquiry.

The current opening hours are from 11am to 10pm from Wednesdays to Fridays and from 8am to 10pm on the weekends.  It is closed every Monday and Tuesday.  

Please note that from 1 August 2016, this SMC outlet will become a full range patissserie, open from 5am to 3pm every week day and a base for an expanded cooking school.

Contact +61 2 9690 1065.

There are in addition other dining restaurants of Salt, Meats & Cheese in Surfers Paradise, Queensland and in  the greater Sydney region NSW at the Broadway Shopping Centre in Glebe, Mosman on the lower North Shore and in Drummoyne across the ANZAC Bridge from the city centre.

My impressions of Salt, Meats & Cheese at Alexandria NSW:

Ambiance:  3.5 out of 5

Customer Engagement: 4  out of 5
Culinary Delight: 3.5 out of 5
X Factor:   3  out out of 5
Overall:     14 / 4  out of 5

My recommended dishes from the menu are:

Antipasto Plate: laden with herbed buffalo Mozzarella, Prosciutto San Daniele, handmade Italian styled Hummus, house chargrilled pumpkin topped with Feta cheese, marinated mushrooms served with a toasted sourdough.

Ravioli bursting with Ricotta cheese and spinach, flavoured by burnt butter and sage, graced with Parmesan shaves, walnuts and pumpkin and drizzled by Truffle oil.

Black Lobster, served with squid ink pizza with Fior Di latte, Fontina, lobster tail, thyme and garlic oil.   Also available with a white base pizza option.

Going Nuts - a heady mixture of raw almonds, low fat natural yoghurt, banana, almond milk and Cacao.

The Salts, Meat & Cheese outlet in Glebe is reviewed by Zomato on the following web link:

Salt Meats Cheese Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 


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