The cute store in Bondi Junction's Royal Arcade has brought to Bondi Junction, something that has been missing. Cousin Jack's has that hipster chic feel without being pretentious. It's run by a lovely group of guys and girls who know their pasties, back to front and make them from scratch. If you're anything like me, you can even watch the boys in action as they make them in the back through the glass window.
Owned by Mark Bedford who migrated from the UK and found that us Aussies just cant seem to get a pastie right, decided to show us by opening up Cousin Jack's, where he brought in his own take on the favourite Cornish Pastie, a combination of freshly diced potatoes, turnip, onion and chunks of steak in a deliciously crispy pastry.
However, the best-sellers are the Steak and Ale, Chicken and Mushroom; and of course the incredible Pork and Apple pasties. The Steak and Ale is delicious prime selected beef poached in ale and is served with a thick gravy - delicious!
My personal favourite is the Chicken and Mushroom, which is some succulent chicken breast pieces combined with chunky slices of mushrooms in a deliciously creamy sauce.
A mouth-watering portion of pork that has been stewed in cider mixed with an apple sauce, potatoes seasoned with onions, bay leaves and sage.
These are incredible however, these are only three out of the vast menu. Although you could probably devour two or three of these in one sitting, make sure that you save some room for a sweet pasty dessert. My suggestion is the Apple and Cinnamon Sweet Pastie or the Chocolate Hazelnut and Banana Sweet Pastie.
All I can say is thank you Mark Bedford for introducing us Aussies to the world of incredible pasties.