Smith Street Alimentari

My modus operandi on Valentines Day is to avoid the over booked restaurants with their tables for two and head for the park.  I have a tradition with Meat-and-Three-Veg that we pack a picnic and head to the Botanic gardens.  This year I did the picnic in style and swung by Smith Street Alimentari to pick up some provisions.

Smith Street Alimentari

Smith Street Alimentari is the delicatessen attached to Gorski and Jones.  It’s packed with all sorts of goodies some of which are hard to get like pink salt, farro and rose water.  The star of the show though is the rotisserie which delivers bronzed chickens ($13.30 a kilo) and even whole suckling pigs ($35 kg).  I picked up a whole roasted chicken for the picnic and it impressed with crisp skin and juicy meat stuffed with a lemon and herbs.  


I’ve visited for lunch on another day and there’s a roast of the day for ($16.50) like crunchy pork served up in a soft bread roll from Baker D Chirico.  But Smith Street Alimentari is more a takeaway store than a cafe as there is limited space to sit.    


But the best thing I tried was the chocolate mousse ($8.50).  Made with Callebeaut chocolate it was rich, airy and smooth.  Worth a detour on Valentines Day or any day.   

Gourmet Chick has visited Smith Street Alimentari twice once independently and once for a free review. 

Details: Smith Street Alimentari, 302 Smith Street Collingwood 
Damage: Reasonable.  
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  1. I’m not a valentines day fan either – we just went to the pub this year, so much more low key! I had a browse at Smith St Alimentari when it first opened but it was super busy so I didn’t get a good look around, will have to pop back soon – that mousse looks delish!

  2. Happy Valentine’s Day! That’s such a cute tradition – I love it! The chicken and the mousse both look great, I think Smith Street Alimentari would be well worth a visit! 🙂

  3. Great idea! We never go to restaurants on V Day. We always cook something at home but a picnic is also a nice idea if the weather is good 😀

  4. Hubby organized a V Day degustation for us but next year we are having a picnic on the beach inspired by you! We haven’t done that for ages.

  5. Liz – def worth a return visit for the mousse alone.

    Sarah – Thanks you too.

    Lorraine – Yes a night to avoid I think!

    Gourmet Getaways – Well a degusation sounds divine as well – I wouldn’t say no to that either!

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