The weather is on the improve, and it's time to start thinking about having a cheeky snack and wine out on the deck once you get home. Si with that we thought we’d throw together a list of our favourite charcuteries, butchers and salumi bars. Here are some of the best places to grab your assorted meats:
Toorak & Melbourne CBD
A one-stop shop for all things meat, Peter Bouchier is one of the best butchers in Melbourne, providing anything from amazing small goods and homemade sausages to premium cuts and full racks of ribs. Being one of 14 butchers in the family Peter definitely has the chops (see what we did there) and is always more than happy to answer any meat related questions.
There has been a butcher operating out of 218 Swan Street since 1870 so Bertie’s Butchers know a thing or two about the meat business. Focusing on organic, free- range and grass fed products, Bertie’s is a paddock to plate, full carcass butcher that encourages you to pick your own cut and have a chat about how to prepare it.
Canning’s Free Range Butchers
If you’re looking for variety then Cannings could be the place for you. Boasting a great collection of free range and grass-fed beef, lamb, pork and poultry, Cannings also has a selection of ready to go meals, sauces and stocks. The deli and seafood section are pretty loaded too if you want to chuck that little bit extra into your Sunday arvo BBQ.
Hagen’s was established as one of Melbourne’s first organic butchers and they pride themselves on it. They work closely with their farmers and know exactly where your meat is coming from, seriously you can even go online and check. Hagen’s are also offering butchery classes for all you meat lovers who want to learn a bit more about the craft.
Having only been open since October 2015, Meatsmith is a younger butcher but don’t let that fool you. Seasoned restaurateur Andrew McConnell and butcher Troy Wheeler teamed up to bring us this part-deli, part-butcher part-kitchenware supplier. The shop also has a range of premium salts, oils and spices to add a bit of flair to your meaty feast.
If you’re looking for a truly authentic Italian feed then look no further than Saluministi. The folks over there live and breathe Italian cuisine having grown up surrounded by the culture. Their Saluministi board is a stand out but their Panini menu is nothing to scoff at either. Everything here feels like Italy, fresh and homemade.
Ombra Salumi Bar
Arguably home to some of the best-cured meats in Melbourne, Ombra Salumi Bar is Guy Grossi’s Italian inspired ‘salumeria’. In tradition Italian fashion, you will not be leaving this place hungry. Ombra serves up four-course set menu options, or you can dive into their salumi options and make a meal with any combination of cured meats and cheeses.
The Meatball and Wine Bar
Richmond, Collingwood, Melbourne CBD
The meatballs may be center stage here but if you’re willing to dig a little deeper into the menu then you’ll find a nice little selection of charcuterie boards. The Meatball and Wine Bar has a great selection of cured meats, cheeses and salads to suit any appetite. Pair one of the meat/cheese boards with one of their signature wines to round off you dining experience.
Two Little Pigs Charcuterie & Grind
If you’re not overly keen to brave the crowds of the CBD and are searching for a bit more of a relaxed vide, then head down to Sydney Road and Two Little Pigs Charcuterie & Grind. You won’t sacrifice any quality at this small Brunswick Bar as it serves up some of the best pork in town. With charcuterie boards featuring San Jose Aged Chorizo and Barkly Smokehouse Grandmother Ham, this is a great stop on any meat tasting tour.
Prosciutto Bros. Craft Bar
Beer and meat. Sometimes it’s just that simple and Prosciutto Bros. do it well with a great selection of local brews and traditional Italian cured meats. The bar has up to 20 different breweries showcasing their stuff at a time and the top-notch charcuterie boards are piled high. Grab your fellow meat lovers and check it out.
Image Credit: Two Little Pigs Charcuterie & Grind.