is a girl-about-town and general, adventurous, know-it-all.
Published December 12th 2011
Welcome to The Epicurean
At the Epicurean, the coffee is lovingly crafted by an authentic, Italian barista. Fine, bottled produce adorns wooden shelving within the store and the counters are filled with specialty cold meats such as; mortadella, salami, smoked ham and a range of cheese like; mozarella, bocconcini, provolone and pecorino.
Your visit to the Epicurean is likely to begin with a glance over the biscuit boxes, decadent dessert sauces, cloth-wrapped puddings, brandy butter, olives and olive oil that are on display. Your attention will soon be drawn however, by the aromas of fresh cooked food and you'll want to place your order.
The breakfast menu offers a spectacular range of distinctly Italian meals. There's 'Colazione Fiorentina' which consists of an 'open ciabatta (dipped in egg), smeared with homemade pesto, topped with grilled tomato, mushrooms and melted gruyere' ($16.90). You could also get your day started with the 'Scrambled egg on pane casareccio (fried bread) with serrano ham, asparagus and drizzled with truffle oil' ($17.90).
Both dishes are an excellent choices, although if you decide upon one of them too early, you might end up drooling with envy over other diners in the cafe, who instead selected the tower of fluffy pancakes, stacked with summer berries and mascapone.
8232;The Epicurean can at times, attract quite a bustle. A steady stream of people pile through the door, choosing seats either on the at the front, side or in the outdoor courtyard area. An elegant option for a large group, is the heavy, eight-seat dining table with high backed chairs that sits beneath a gild-framed mirror.
Despite the rush, the Epicurean staff remain pleasant and serve courteously. During my meal, a waitress walked around the store with a silver tray, and offered samples of a macadamia and apricot, seasoned, turkey fillet to all of the customers.
The Epicurean is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Tuesday to Friday and from 8:00am - 3:00pm on Saturdays. They serve breakfast, lunch and can provide catering. They also sell coffee making equipment like Moka brand coffee makers, imported Italian, German, French and local provincial fine foods.