Sunday, January 3, 2016
Its quite a coincidence that Berry has the famous doughnut shop and another famous pie shop. Well, the famous “ Berry Pie Shop”- small little café and serves a wide array of pies, sausage rolls, pasties and quiches. Simple pie shop. You have the regular pies- steak, steak and cheese, steak and mushroom, steak and kidney. Then you have the sausage rolls, spinach, ricotta and feta roll, vegetable pasties. In the gourmet pies, various versions of the chicken pies- the chicken leek and mushroom, chicken and vegetable, chicken and curry, the butter chicken, chicken with honey and mustard. You also have quiches, and freshly baked bread.
Look overall, there is usually a long queue. This is a cash only joint. When I went there, I was interested in the chicken and curry pie or the butter chicken pie. Unfortunately, both were sold out. I was tempted between the Thai green curry pie and the chunky lamb pie. Eventually settled for the chunky lamb pie and the chicken and mushroom pie.
To be honest, it was just about ok. I do give marks to it-hot pie, fresh. However, I have high expectations from pies. After having the butter chicken pie at Hayden’s Ulladulla, and the curry Chicken pie at Harry’s, there is certainly a high expectation. To be honest, both the pies I tried were just about okay, but not legendary or out of the world. The pies cost $4 - $5.
If I am in Berry, I might give it a try again, but just about okay is my verdict.
110 Queen street
Berry, New South Wales
(02) 4464 1122
All right, this is my second post about Berry. This small little village, which I am totally in love with. A small cute place which has its own charm. Lost in time, old architecture and boutique shops. Now in one of my visits, thanks to the excessive long traffic queue due to the holiday period, we ended up reaching berry, just in time for the restaurant we wanted to eat at closed. Nonetheless, we wander around and I come across this small little door with the name Mezzadellas. Look at the menu and its all about wood fired pizza’s. Well there is an instant interest and I walk down a small narrow passage to open up into a wide restaurant.
It’s a nice little spot, a bit of rustic setting, and beautiful outside seating in the garden as well. the décor is casual, with natural wooden textured tables on an iron frames and funky colorful plastic designer chairs. Plain white interiors ads to the charm and big window frames overlooking the garden seating.
Look into the menu and this in interesting. They do pizza’s – wood fired, the regular appetizers such as garlic breads, salads. But what makes it interesting is that they also do tapas.
I order the chicken skewers on the tapas. Its description reads, its marinated with coriander, cumin, white wine and oregano. This one is served on skewers along with some fat yellow rice, more like risotto rice, but not sticky and gooey as risotto. The chicken is a little bit charred and its really good. Really juicy, very delicious and flavoursome. The spice mix is incredible. When you have the rice, just by itself, it is a bit bland, but then you have it with the chicken. Its great. So, I loved it, and would love to have it again.
Next came the pizza’s. being a chicken lover, there were about just two options. Interestingly, there quite a few vegetarian options- which is quite a delight. I ordered the pizza called Taipan. This one has satay marinated chicken, along with onions, capsicums. The pizza when it came, was awesome. It looked bright and pretty with amazing red colours of the red capsicum, the green fresh coriander. There is sprinkled sesame seeds, cashew nuts. A very thin crust pizza, and tastes yum. Its got this hint of sweetness, I believe due to the pineapple chutney. Thin slices, and fresh. That’s the word. Fresh. When I ahd this pizza, it instantly reminded me of the pizza’s I had as a kid at home. Simple, fresh ingredients- a bit sweet, with fresh cheese. I liked the pizza here. I liked the pizza. Overall, I have had pizza’s at a number of places, and I will say I really liked the ingredients, the freshness – it’s a bit different.
One large pizza served the three of us, although we were all mildly hungry as we had eaten some doughnuts before. But if you are wildly hungry, I’d say a large pizza would go for two people.
Will I visit again- most likely yes.
Phone: 02 4464 2045
Shop 6, 97/99 Queen st. Berry. NSW
Entrance on Alexandra st. Behind 'Pottering Around'
Saturday, January 2, 2016
All right, this one is about a small little town, more like a cute village. Now if you are driving from Sydney down to south coast towards Jervis Bay or beyond, right after Kiama and Gerringong, you drive past Berry. I have in the last few years driven so many times past this little village and didn’t pay too much attention until last year and well, it was so worth it. With its boutique shops, candy stores, classy and elegant furniture stores, hippy shops with the Indian touch, its got it all.
A village of hardly a kilometer in length, and towards the end on the right, there is a doughnut van. Now from what I have heard, although it’s a van, it’s a fixed van there for the last 20 – 30 years. And the specialty- Doughnuts. Very simple – fresh cinnamon doughnut nuts. And its just heavenly. They are made fresh to order. So not reheated and served, but freshly made.
It’s just beyond words – warm fresh soft doughnuts, covered with mellow sugar crystals which just melt in your mouth.
Other than doughnuts, they serve hot coffee, milkshakes, ice cream shakes. In hot food, there is meat pies, sausage rolls, and hot dog with onions and cheese. Now I have tried the milkshake and it’s pretty good.
Highly recommended and I would suggest and recommend anyone passing Berry to definitely visit this jewel.
73 Queen St, Berry NSW 2535