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Published May 22nd 2012
Fresh food markets can be daunting, especially when you are not au fait with the variety of goodies available. It is easy to feel like a deer in the headlights when there are so many stalls and every single one of them is encouraging you to buy, buy, buy. So, how does one experience a range of market products in a more relaxed atmosphere, and at below-market prices? The answer is Patton's.
I am amazed at how few of my friends have heard of Patton's, which is situated in Aspley Shopping Village. I went there at the weekend for finger food, chicken breasts, salad and tiger prawns to take to a friend's house for a perfect late lunch. I bought the tiger prawns at the little seafood place whose name escapes me right now, but you will see it right next to Patton's. There is also a BWS for any last minute beverages.
When I finished in Patton's, my bill was so cheap that I had to check twice and ensure they hadn't neglected to scan something. A 200g wheel of King Island camembert for $2.00? A five-pack of avocados for $1.60? Chicken breasts for $5.95/kg? Yes, please.
The food I bought was gratefully devoured with virtually no leftovers. They even have a built-in smaller version of Super Butcher, with whole rumps and bulk packets of chicken wings, sausages and ribs at insanely low prices.
Patton's has everything you need for picnic supplies, dinner party essentials, barbecue lunch get-togethers, afternoon soirées with cheeses and cold meats, and anything really. This 'Aspley Underdog' is the one-stop market with maximum affordability, provided you can ignore that it is indoors and how strongly it resembles a grocery store.