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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

DJs Cheese and Antipasto Bar

You've been shopping all day in town. The Christmas rush is getting you frazzled. The bags are cutting into your fingers. You need sustenance but substance and style too.

Thank goodness for the oases of food counters at David Jones. Oyster Bar? Noodle Bar? Chocolate counter? Just let me sit down and have someone pour me wine!

We ended up at the DJs Cheese and Antipasto Bar, drawn by the allure of crusty breads, oozing cheeses and fat juicy olives.

Woodside Brie, vine ripened tomato and basil on wholemeal sourdough $9.50

The wholemeal sourdough was delightfully fresh and crusty, although you definitely needed all original teeth intact to chew through this one! But that's what makes sourdough so good... bread with substance! The basil, tomato and brie provided simple, classic flavours.

Ploughman's Lunch $12.50

A banquet of nibbles to pick at, including a funky pickled brown onion. I was particularly impressed with the pate which was jam-packed with liver-y goodness. The texture and density was consistent with the usage of plenty of liver. The pate was definitely the real McCoy. The cheese was nice and sharp too.

There's something delicously decadent about eating at the various food counters at David Jones. Maybe it's because you feel like you're eating in a giant gourmet larder. Maybe it's because you get to swing your legs on the high stools and feel like a kid in a lolly shop. More likely it's because you get to sit, sip and sup whilst exhausted shoppers glance on in envy.

Cheese and Antipasto Bar
David Jones Food Hall
65-77 Market Street, Sydney
Tel: 02 9266 5544
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posted by Anonymous on 12/15/2004 11:59:00 pm


  • At 12/30/2004 4:44 pm, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    New food hall is fantastic. What a shame we did not have digital handy to take picture os the fresh black truffles that were on sale for $3000/kg

  • At 1/29/2006 2:04 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I must say, I was utterly delighted to have tried the Grill Bar at DJ's after having noticed that Tetsuya himself ate lunch there. How good a place must be where the worlds no.3 chef himself opts for a meal at the little bar.

    After having tried the grill bar, there is a particular chef, although I can't quite recall his name, he was excellent!! His salmon was like no other I've ever tasted (mind you, I've had my fair share of fantastic salmons).

    Ofcourse after one of the best meals I'd ever had, and the most enjoyable and exceptional service might I add (his cooking skills are somewhat like a cooking show with acrobatic methods), I reccomended all my friends and their reactions were no different from mine.

  • At 10/17/2006 9:17 pm, Blogger Liz + Louka said…

    We used to go to the grill bar a lot, but now the "acrobatic" chef has left. Haven't tried it since he left.

  • At 11/03/2006 7:54 pm, Blogger Liz + Louka said…

    OK, we went to the grill bar again. The new chef has changed the menu slightly - you can no longer mix and match mains and veggie side-dishes, and everything seems to be served with either chips or mashed potatoes - but the actual dishes are much the same. Still nice, but the new chef doesn't have the flamboyance of the old one (Meng something?) and doesn't chat to the diners, so the experience isn't nearly as much fun.


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