Frewville Foodland is not your typical supermarket. Voted the World’s Best Supermarket and International Retailer of the Year, this locally owned and operated business aims to ensure every shopping experience meets and exceeds your expectations. The supermarket continually evolves through increasing their product range and listening to what the customers want. They’ve created a store environment that is inviting, distinctive, comfortable, attractive and educational. Examples of this are the live music that is played on weekends, and the opening of the Pasadena Flowerbar, for all your floral needs. Of course, shopping can really work up an appetite, hence the introduction of Mr Nick’s Kitchen & Coffee Bar. Named after the boss himself, the cafe has a seasonal menu that uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients straight from the supermarket.
We started off with the Italian Farmhouse Breakfast which was nicely presented on a wooden board. The saltiness from the layers of crispy bacon were balanced by the natural sweetness of the cherry tomatoes and Beerenberg tomato chutney. There were two perfectly poached eggs with runny centres sitting on top of wilted baby spinach. Hiding under all the ingredients was a parmesan crusted bread which was loaded full of cheesy goodness.
We love a good cheese burger and the Triple Cheese Burger was more gourmet than others we’ve had. Please note that “Triple Cheese Burger” refers to three cheeses and not three patties. Having said that, the beef patty was considerably thick and its diameter was slightly larger than the bun. The cheeses were nicely melted over the patty and their saltiness was balanced by the sweetness of the caramelised onion and tomato chutney. The dill aioli was also present and provided further contrast in flavours. The bun was nice and firm, and held all the ingredients in well. The chips on the side were crunchy on the outside and soft in the centre, with just the right amount of salt applied.
If we could combine our three favourite Greek dishes into one, the Char Grilled Lamb Skewers with Greek Style Salad would be it. There were two skewers full of lean, well marinated morsels of lamb that had lovely chargrilled flavours. These were covered in a thick yoghurt dressing which was very much like a garlic sauce. Underneath were slices of crispy haloumi which had a subtle saltiness. At the base of the bowl was the Greek Salad minus the feta cheese. The haloumi was a substitute for the feta so it was all good.
Next was a beautiful Asian inspired dish in the form of Pan Fried Duck Breast with quinoa salad, soy tahini and orange segments. The duck was perfectly cooked with a lovely pink centre, and the splashes of hoisin sauce on the plate very much reminded me of Peking Duck Pancakes. The slices of orange provided pleasant notes of citrus adding further depth to the dish.
Saving the best for last, the most beautiful dish was the French Toast. Full of bright and beautiful colours, it was almost too good to eat. Much of the sweetness came from the berry compote and vanilla ice cream, which was all balanced by the soft and delicate double cream. The French toast was light and airy with hints of cinnamon coming through with each bite. A very satisfying way to end the meal.
The cafe has a main dining area that is separate to the counter and kitchen area. We found this to be a huge advantage because you’re away from the busy shoppers and can actually sit down and enjoy your meal. The staff were always on hand in the main dining area so you never actually feel neglected. The average price for the breakfast and brunch options is $12, and the average lunch price is a bit more at $14. Great value for money for fresh and satisfying meals. It really is a complete experience at Frewville Foodland and it’s no wonder this place has won some world class awards. You’ll never want to shop anywhere else after you come here.
Mr Nick’s Kitchen & Coffee Bar is open for breakfast and lunch on Monday to Saturday from 7am-4pm, and on Sundays from 11am to 4pm. It’s also open for dinner on Thursday and Friday from 5pm-8pm.
WHERE: 177 Glen Osmond Rd, Frewville