If you've been to Westfield Sydney lately and ventured up to Level Five you may have seen the new Quarter Twenty One, a gourmet grocery store, cookery school, and a European restaurant. Quarter Twenty One is an enterprise that's part of the renowned Becasse family, run by chef Justin North.
The fine-food grocer stocks the likes of gourmet cheese, wine, honey, and everything else that's luxuriant. The chic store nurtures its "feed the soul" motto with high-quality and indulgent products. From gourmet take home meals to cured meats, you'll find everything you'll want from a fine-food grocer.
From the retail store you can look through the windows into the space where the cooking classes take place. Classes range from knife skills and butchery to masterclasses with guest chefs like Adriano Zumbo. See the schedule online here.
Nearby Quarter Twenty One is Becasse Bakery, where you can pick up bread, croissants, pastries, or desserts. Here we buy one of the sourdough baguettes ($7.95). From Quarter Twenty One we choose the Nashua Washed Rind from Bangalow Cheese Co. ($18). The next 20 minutes are spent in absolute delight. The cheese is bold without being overpowering and the baguette is the perfect accompaniment.
Becasse, which formerly was on Clarence Street, has also recently relocated to Westfield. Serving top-notch Modern French cuisine, this restaurant offers a three course a la carte menu for $120 or degustations from $150. You can download the menu here.
If you want to further delve into the Becasse family without burning holes into your wallet, give Charlie & Co a go. This gourmet burger outlet can also be found at Westfield Sydney.