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 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