Sydney carnivores take note – Haverick Meats is now open to the public!
I first read about this fabulous wholesaler on Not Quite Nigella (thanks Lorraine!) but only recently made the trek to Banksmeadow to check them out. They’re one of Sydney’s leading meat suppliers, providing produce to some of our finest hatted restaurants, including Tetsuya’s and Bilson’s.
Their retail outlet is only open on Saturdays between 9am and 2pm. It’s not a huge space, but every item is of superb quality, and many are vacuum sealed in thick Cryovac packaging, ensuring a long shelf life in the fridge.
Larger cuts, like the pasture-fed striploin below, can be sliced and portioned on request…
These meat trays are the bargain buy at Haverick’s – a far cry from any pub raffle prize, and great value at $70 for over $100 worth of meat. Each contains enough premium meat to feed my family of wolves five times over, working out at a very economical $14 a meal, or $3.50 per person.
On our last visit, we bought fresh Aylesbury Duck marylands – Haverick’s is the only place I’ve found that sells this cut unfrozen…
…some lamb mince and local diced lamb…
…and one of the meat trays for our neighbour Dredgey, who’d given us some money to spend for him. His box included certified Angus rump and sirloin steaks, Otway free range pork cutlets, free range lamb loin chops, and Italian style pork and beef sausages…
Haverick Meats is definitely worth a Saturday morning visit.
Don’t be intimidated by the industrial setting – the shop is staffed by cheerful, approachable butchers who are extremely knowledgeable without being the least bit condescending. They patiently fielded my annoying questions about where the meat came from and how it had been reared. If you’re after a cut which isn’t on display, they’ll be more than happy to go into the warehouse and search it out for you.
We found the prices very reasonable, but what really shone through was the quality of the meat on offer. And strange as this might sound, the outlet had a lovely vibe to it – everyone who worked there was smiling, relaxed and glad to see us. It was a very pleasant way to spend a little time over the weekend.
If you do go, take along a cold bag and some cash or your EFTPOS card, as there’s a 1.5% surcharge for credit cards. Remember to take a sweater as well, as the showroom is basically a fridge – although there are jackets available for loan if required.
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13-15 Green Street
Banksmeadow NSW 2019
Phone: 02 9316 8900
Open to the public: Saturdays 9am to 2pm