Imagine the equivalent of a lolly shop but for grownups. Dark black shelving makes the colours of the jars of preserved lemons, bottles of wine and packets of arborio rice pop. There’s a rotisserie turning slowly behind a high counter with bronzed chickens wafting their aroma around the store mingling with the smell of Dukes coffee. Welcome to Pickett’s Deli and Rotisserie.
This is the new opening from Scott Pickett who is best known for his fine dining restaurants The Estelle and Saint Crispin. At Pickett’s Deli and Rotisserie, Pickett offers a much more affordable and easy way to wrap your mouth around some of his acclaimed food.
The rotisserie chicken is the star of the show here. I tried it at the launch in tiny buns filled with crispy skin, shredded chicken and a dollop of mayo. While I pride myself on cooking a mean roast chook myself it’s impossible to compete with a rotisserie for tender meat and cooking the skin into sweet and salty little shards.
Each day there’s also a rotisserie special and when I visited for a solo lunch it was porchetta cooked so the meat was still juicy and enlivened with a dollop of slightly fiery chimichurri. It’s one of Melbourne’s best bargains at $10 a roll.
It’s best to keep things simple and team it with a serving of Pickett’s crispy chips or salad of crispy Cos lettuce with a tangy dressing. Keeping with the adult lolly store theme I should mention now that Pickett’s Deli and Rotisserie also has a soft serve machine which delivers up whirls of ice-cream topped with a brownie crumb for $6.50. Think a luxe version of a Macca’s sundae.
The space is pretty tiny so don’t try and come with a group and there’s no toilet. But the main problem you’ll encounter is walking out of here with just what you came in for. It’s too hard to resist an egg and bacon butty with your coffee, chips with your chicken roll or some quinoa for the pantry. Well played Scott Pickett, well played.
Gourmet Chick was invited to attend the launch of Pickett’s Deli and also visited independently.
Details: Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie, Queen Victoria Market, Corner of Therry and Elizabeth Streets, North Melbourne
Damage: Such a bargain my mother would approve. This is one of my picks for Melbourne’s top bargain eats, you can check out the rest here.