In Melbourne, there is an increasing awareness as to where our food actually comes from and the trend is definitely towards organic and gourmet trendy foods that are actually good for us; so just exactly where is Melbourne's best gourmet food store?
For a high quality grocer which actually cares about the fruit, vegetables, meat and other food it mainly sells (with the occasional chocolate slipping through), I would have to say Thomas Dux Grocer's, located in Port Melbourne and Armadale.
Although you are paying a little extra for your groceries, it is well worth. The food is fresh and flavoursome - from the antipasto deli items, such as sun dried tomatoes to their meat and fish. On the sweet side, their macarons (for only $1.95 each) are just divine and rather chunky and filling. Nothing small and petite here.
As an added convenience you can also buy the highest quality organic teas that you would normally have to go to a health food store for. Also there are skin care products such as the Burts Bees range that you would normally have to buy at Myer.
Now it is over to you, what do you think? Where is Melbourne's best gourmet food store? It can be a butcher or a grocer - it does not matter. Looking forward to your insights on this one, and this topic should make for an interesting discussion.
Thomas Dux is owned and operated by Woolworths, so I don't believe that their fruit and vegetables are and/or taste any better than regular Woolworths ones. Personally, I'm more likely to shop at Monaco's Deli and Fresh Foods (Camberwell Road) or at one of the independently owned Leo's Supermarkets for a gourmet range of products. However nothing beats the markets for fresh, less handled produce.
My favourite is Scicluna's Real Food Merchants in Mentone (they've got a few other stores as well). Their produce is the best I've encountered in Melbourne, and they've got heaps of other gourmet products available too. I signed up for their VIP Member's list atwww.sciclunas.com.au - you can get recipes and discounts etc through there... Great personalised service!
I am a big fan of oasis bakery murumbeena. Seriously great range! Huge choice of spices, pulses, nuts, oils, dips, dried fruit, Lebanese sweets etc oh & you must leave with lunch from the cafe...their shawarma is delicious. I drive across town to go & stock up now.
Must try their house made labne & tahini...& I am addicted to the dried mulberries.
I notice that the writer basis the judgment on ownership rather than experience. It's not actually likely that Woolworth's runs this chain in the same way that it runs its flagship. Anyway, for a butcher I recommend Malvern's Würsthütte. This Swiss shop makes its sausages the real German way:)