The Majestic has undergone a recent restoration. Initially a theatre, it then became a roller rink and throughout this time fell into neglected disrepair. Well now Majestic Gourmet Grocer has moved in to reclaim the building and on the same site, opened Majestic Harvest. This café couldn’t wish for better surroundings in the form of the small but well equipped and stocked grocer. Fresh seafood, flowers, meats, cheeses, breads, muffins, pastries, fruit, vegetables and imported goods are available and if you can tear yourself away to line up for a table, you won’t be disappointed.
Things are very busy at the moment due to the fact that they have just opened their doors but the host, Richard, will keep you amused with his quips and friendly demeanour. The staff were on point this morning. Despite the busyness, they managed to keep the crowd satisfied and were knowledgable & friendly throughout my visit. There are only two small tables outside round the side of the building but you could keep your pet there too.
Allpress provides the beans. Excellent coffee ($3.50) but I found my flat white slightly too milky. It may have just been a one-off but my guest thought the same. I enjoyed the flavour but would order a long black next time.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Belgian chocolate ganache milkshake (kids $4, regular $6.50). Also available as vanilla bean or berry jam & lemon! The Belgian chocolate flavour was pronounced and it was ice cold with great consistency. I would order this again in a heartbeat.
Affogato ($6), house made sticky chai ($4.50), a huge selection of loose leaf teas ($4.50) and daily cold pressed fresh juice ($6.50) are also available.
The traditional savoury Greek dish of spanakopita ($14) is best described as a flake pastry pie filled with spinach and feta. It is well represented here with fine, crispy pastry and a superb filling of spinach with delicious chunks of soft feta. My guest added bacon which she admitted didn’t work together with the dish so just enjoyed it by itself! The serving of spanakopita is a large one so you will definitely be satisfied. Cucumber and yoghurt are served on the side to lighten the dish because it can become quite dense and filling. Definitely adding this to my “would order again” list.
Simpler but just as tasty was the teleggio, basil scrambled egg ($14) which also offers a great flavour combination to add some flair to folded eggs. The teleggio cheese gives the eggs a wonderful stringy consistency and mild but complimentary flavour. The basil is also subtle (I would have enjoyed even more) and the result is delicious. The roasted tomatoes again are served simply but tasted absolutely fantastic. Sides are available including bacon, mushrooms, avocado, feta, ricotta, baked beans ($3.50 each), smoked salmon, black pudding ($4.50 each) or Serrano ham ($5).
Other dishes on offer include bacon, krispy kale, egg roll ($8), bacon, lettuce, tomato on a Turkish roll ($7.50), sticky French toast with caramelised stone fruits ($11), the vege patch (quinoa, chickpea and sweet potato slab with asparagus, field mushrooms, poached egg, truffle salsa verde ($18.50) and eggs al forno with chorizo, mixed beans, potatoes, sugo (a tomato based sauce) and sourdough ($15).
As you can see, the prices are excellent and the servings will satisfy. Gourmet Harvest’s stellar start isn’t going to fade any time soon so you can be sure that
once if the crowds die down, you’re in for a treat at this inner west centre of food bliss.
Overall Rating: 19/25
Website: http://www.majesticgourmetgrocers.com.au/ and https://www.facebook.com/majesticpetersham?fref=ts
Address: 49a New Canterbury Road, Petersham, 2049
Phone: 8097 2222
Payment Options: Credit cards, EFTPOS, cash