Sitting in the gutter with some rare-breed bresaola from Meatsmith will soon be a thing of the past. The Fitzroy butcher is now serving booze and charcuterie in-house. Andrew McConnell and Troy Wheeler’s fancy-as butchery has 15 street-side seats where diners can sample cold cuts along with some natural wines.
“People can come in, buy anything they like out of the charcuterie cabinet, and we’ll slice it up and plate it,” says Wheeler. “You can sit out the front and eat it.”
Though the selection changes regularly, homemade deli items such as mortadella, Wagyu bresaola, foie gras parfait terrine and house-made pickles will always be on offer. And, it’s relatively inexpensive; Wagyu pastrami is $4.80 per 100 grams, and the award-winning rare-breed ham is $3.40 for 100 grams.
“Because we do make everything here ourselves, it’s quite cheap,” says Wheeler. “Compared to somewhere else … when you’ve got to buy through someone else it becomes expensive.”
Supernormal sommelier Leanne Altmann has done the wine list. There are five bottles regularly on pour. Current drops include a Collector sauvignon rose, a Chablis, an Italian greco and a nebbiolo rosato from Western Australia.
“We’ve got some really interesting progressive wines poured by the glass,” says Wheeler. “And you can also take advantage of the retail prices, take a bottle of wine from off the shelf and sit out the front.”
Diners can have sit-down deli whenever Meatsmith is open, which is from 9am–7pm weekdays, and 10am–5pm weekends.