Shokupan x Romu Pop-Up
Q le Baker’s Quentin Berthonneau makes such a good fluffy shokupan (Japanese milk bread) there’s a waitlist for it. At his side hustle, Shokupan, he makes just 30 of the loaves – which make topnotch katsu sandos – a week.
In July, Berthonneau began a series of collaborative pop-ups with venues around town, including with Romuald “Romu” Oudeyer, a chef with Michelin-starred restaurant pedigree – and Bistro Gitan and Mo Vida Aqui – on his CV, who pre-pandemic brought Parisian-style dinner parties into people’s homes.
Right now, he's mostly delivering fancy four-course meals around Melbourne, but on Sunday mornings from November 1, find him at Alphington Farmer Market manning the latest Shokupan x Romu pop-up.
On the menu? Three Japanese-inspired katsu sandos including sake-marinated chicken with native togarashi (made with lemon myrtle, saltbush and pepperberries); Yarra Valley Trout (a zhooshed-up tuna-mayo combo); and wanpaku, which is a beautifully layered veggie-and-cheese sandwich with hard-boiled eggs, stracciatella, cabbage, carrot rocket, pickled beetroot, sesame pesto and rhubarb sriracha.
All the sandos are $16 and available to pre-order (as well as a Japanese potato salad). A handful of chiffon cakes will also be available on the day.
Pre-order via Romu and swing by the market between 10am and 1pm to collect your meal.