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Inner West Side Story: Majestic Harvest, Gourmet Market, Petersham


Petersham’s Majestic Theatre, a once grand old cinema-turned-roller skating rink, is pulling in a a different kind of crowd thesedays as it takes to its latest role of gourmet grocer with gusto. The Euro-inspired market-cum-deli-cum-providore, the brainchild of co-owners Cheryl and Tim Reen and restauranteur Carlos Ascenso, has a dash of Madrid’s Mercado San Miguel, a pinch of Barcelona’s La Boqueria, a sprinkle of Rome’s Testaccio, and a soupçon of Paris’ Les Enfants Rouges markets all rolled up into this newly restored and reschristened space. Majestic Harvest carries the requisite house-baked sourdough, along with black angus beef pies, spinach and feta rolls, Portuguese custard tarts, fluffy-topped cupcakes, hulking florentines and cherry dense slices at the Dough del Rey bakery; hams, salamis, coppa, porchetta, olives, organic L’Artisan cheeses, including “The Extravagant”, a sybaritic triple cream, and herb or spice infused olive oils at Mercado Europa; on-site filetted flathead, salmon and ocean trout, or flash fried or grilled fish and chips at El Capital; fresh fruit and vegetable centric salads and juices at Abacaxi, as well as shelves brimming with Murray River salt flakes, pistachios, sauces and spices, jams and chutneys, apple jelly and Enmore honey, Comtesse du Barry foie gras and blocks of Comptoir de Cacao chocolate, and a corner filled with seasonal fruit and vegetables. Everything for a take home (or make there) meal. Otherwise, there’s the restaurant led by the ex-head chef of Balmain’s London Hotel proferring basil and Taleggio scrambled eggs with Roma toms, eggs with chorizo and beans, or sticky French toast for breakfast, warm chicken and fennel salad with mint, green beans, housedried tomatoes and mayo (pictured), spaghetti with prawns, zucchini and chilli, charcuterie platters, and crispy skinned barramundi with peppers for lunch—all sourced from the produce counters here. Once the liquour licence is finalised, dinner will be added to the menu and the cosy upstairs wine bar will open for business. Just love what they’ve done with the place, especially the foyer, still framed by Art Deco stairs and banisters and now emblazoned with buckets of blooms—wattle, ranunculus, poppies, sweet peas, daisies and sprays of eucalyptus—courtesy of the Majestic’s resident florist. Majestic Harvest, 49a New Canterbury Road, Petersham, open 7 days a week.

One Response to “Inner West Side Story: Majestic Harvest, Gourmet Market, Petersham”

  1. Leslie Kilgour says:

    can we go next time I’m in Sydney please xx

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