12 Oct 2012
Vegan MoFo 2012 – Sydney vegan eats: Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher
The Inner West's first 100% vegan ‘butcher’
Happy end of MoFo week 2! With new vegan eats popping up all the time, today I thought I’d review the Vegetarian ‘Butcher Shop’, Spoon’s, who recently opened in up Enmore.
Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher started as a weekly stall at the Marrickville Markets in early May this year.
My husband and I went along on their first weekend to check out the offerings. We didn’t catch any of Spoon’s hot takeaway food (just starting up), but we did buy some packaged schnitzels and gluten-free sausages.
Sausages and schnitzels
We returned home eager to try the schnitzel, fired up the BBQ and my husband (of German descent), pulled out the fixin’s to make a top Bayerisch-style sandwich!
The schnitzel was excellent. They were fairly large, quite thin with a nice crispy-crumb coating. I think these schnitzels would be really versatile: great by themselves, with a side or even cut into slices on a salad.
I don’t have a photo, but we cooked the polenta sausages on the BBQ and at first, some were a little fragile. Luckily Suzy at the market stall did mention this and it was nothing a little extra oil on the plate couldn’t solve. Once the polenta had browned up with a crispy outside, the sausages were much easier to work with.
I remember the polenta sausages as being particularly tasty. The flavour of the tomato and basil was really noticeable. I’m a big fan of concentrated tomato flavours. We agreed that they were a great gluten-free option and we’d buy them again.
Since Spoon’s opened their market stall at Marrickville, they’ve gone from strength to strength.
I think it’s fantastic that – in a market scene where much of the takeaway options tout the “free-range, organic happy meat” angle – Spoon’s are now there, raising awareness and providing totally cruelty-free option.
By all accounts it’s been a hit. Each week at the market, it’s common for Spoon’s to sell out of products and demand has only been increasing. Go vegan food-activism :)
Due to their growing popularity, Spoon’s have recently opened up a shopfront on Enmore Road. They’re now selling both hot food and their packaged products, along with other sauces, tofus and vegan condiments.
We dropped by last week to check out the new residence. It’s in a great position, on a busy street and just a few minutes’ walk from Newtown station.
The signage is bold and the name has certainly attracted attention from media and passers by.
We entered Spoon’s and it looked clear there’s room for expansion (yay!)
There’s a refrigerated cabinet containing pre-packed products and differnt types of tofu.
Along the wall they offer an array of hot sauces and other products, including an Aussie liquid smoke.
But onto pressing matters: Spoon’s takeaway menu was on the blackboard and the prices looked fairly reasonable.
Upon perusal, we both decided to order the same thing. Hey, we live close by and figured there is plenty of time to work through the rest of Spoon’s menu ;)
Our orders were cooked up while we waited. Sausage sizzles all round!
I must say for $6, this Spoon’s sausage sandwich is one of the better takeaway options in Newtown. The sausage was really herby and flavoursome, and it’s served on a sesame bun topped with onions, mustard and tomato sauce. The fact I didn’t wear it as I was eating and walking down the street is a big plus!
We will surely be regular customers of Spoon’s and I’m keen to try more. I’ve got my eye on the mushrooms but I’ve just seen they’ve added pies to the menu…
Spoon’s continue to run their stall at Marrickville markets on Sundays in addition to the Enmore store, so please do visit and support them if you can. You can also like Spoon’s on their Facebook page to stay in the loop.