Acclaimed Melbourne restaurateur (and now cafe-owner) Andrew McConnell and renowned butcher Troy Wheeler have opened a fourth Meatsmith butcher, in Balwyn.

McConnell and Wheeler opened the first Meatsmith in Fitzroy in 2015 and it quickly became one of the city’s premier butchers. The pair followed it up with a St Kilda location in 2017 and a Brighton outpost last year.

Meatsmith Balwyn is in a space that housed butcher’s shops (most recently the popular, old-school Bouchiers of Balwyn) for more than 40 years. The interior has been touched up and restored to match the Meatsmith aesthetic, but it’s slightly more subdued than the striking Fitzroy flagship.

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The simple, winning Meatsmith formula hasn’t been messed with here. Shoppers can expect the full range of cuts, with a focus on showcasing small Aussie – and often Victorian – producers raising animals in a way that’s ethically and sustainability minded. That means lamb backstrap from Gippsland, Sommerlad chicken from Trentham’s award-winning Milking Yard Farm, heritage pork courtesy of Glen Eyrie Rare Breeds Farm, Aylesbury duck from the Macedon Ranges, and David Blackmore’s famous high country Wagyu beef. Plus, house-made sausages and ready-to-fry chicken schnitzels.

You can also expect beef en croute, lamb bastilla (a Moroccan pie) and stuffed chicken ballotine. And for something a bit spesh: suckling pig.

But if you’re after zero prep, in-house chef Sascha Randle’s menu is a doozy – with cost-effective dishes that are low on effort and high on reward. Coq au vin, family-sized lasagnes, braised pork cheeks, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, roast pork and confit duck are all on offer.

Like its other locations, Meatsmith Balwyn stocks more than just meat. The shelves are filled with pantry staples from local and international small producers. You’ll find dry pasta, jars of sugo and passata, condiments such as mustard and savoury spreads, pickles and preserves, tinned sardines and anchovies, and more.

A concise but excellent roster of wines, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks also lines the shelves.

431 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn

Mon to Fri 9am–6pm
Sat 9am–5pm