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Published August 18th 2016
Fancy a home cooked meal that is bought?
Herdsman Fresh is another upmarket fruit and gourmet food shop in Perth suburbs. They call themselves "inspiring" and I would have to agree with this description.
Their range of fruit and vegetables is excellent, the shop is always "sparkling", and the fruit and vegetables are always so fresh and enticing.
Added to all this, they have unusual gourmet foods that you cannot buy at many other places - they even had fresh turmeric which I have never seen before.
Fresh turmeric by the kilo!
Lunches, and pre-packaged dinners also looked like they were screaming my name! But in this instance I resisted only to be caught in the bakery where I bought a mouth \-watering salted caramel cronut (a mixture between a donut and a croissant).
There is quite a large array of sliced vegetables and fruit and these are also bright and so easy to use, and therefore more expensive - but for those who are busy, this is a great way to shop.
Hard to resist this!
Much of their gourmet foods are not available in supermarkets and these include fresh pasta, home-made soups, ice cream, desserts, and much more.
It was hard to walk past their deli section, so I did not! I bought some chicken and mango balls and a gourmet roll, and my friend bought a roast dinner in a roll and this was a huge meal with no skimping on the beef.
Our lunch for the day
They have a good cheese section with local WA cheeses, as well as imported fine French ones.
A small section of their cheeses
They have the most beautiful florist who displays their flowers both outside the shop and inside as you walk in. In keeping with the rest of this exciting shop, their bouquets and fresh flower arrangements are difficult to walk past and not buy.
Fabulous arrangements available
The butcher is a gourmet one with all different types of meat cuts and organic beef and while quite expensive, is worth that bit of extra for quality meat.
Very small part of the range at the Butcher
The fish department also left me reeling with the delightful crabs, smoked salmon, smoked fish, prawns, oysters and much more.
Quality fish and seafood products
Then there is the dedicated bakery where you can buy some small cakes, as well as in-house breads.
Much more available at the bakery
As if that is not enough, as you walk out, there is a coffee area where people were milling about talking -there is no sit-down space inside, however, the outdoor tables and chairs are in a nice, sunny position. I did get a look at their cakes, and they had some lovely looking ones including a good range of small ones, which are ideal for people like me who are supposed to be cutting down on sugar.
All in all, this shop is an experience not to be missed, though you will need more time than you usually spend in a fruit shop, to look around at everything.
More items available at the deli
See more at their website or just go on down to Wembley Downs to enjoy some of this gourmet food!