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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The Sausage Factory, Dulwich Hill

Chicken, pork, beef, camel and lamb sausages from the Sausage Factory by Chrissy's Cuts in Dulwich Hill

The first thing you'll notice about the Sausage Factory are the knitted sausages in the front window. They've all been handmade by Chrissy Flanagan, who adds pickle pro and Sausage Queen to a comprehensive list of long-forgotten skills. Chrissy is the force behind Chrissy's Cuts, a well-loved snag supplier at local markets, pop-up events (you may have eaten her sausage dogs at this year's Sydney Festival at The Beach in the Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve) and restaurants (her camel sausage is on the menu at Anason).

Earl grey tea and pear blonde ale at the Sausage Factory by Chrissy's Cuts in Dulwich Hill
Merchant Brewing Co earl grey tea and pear blonde ale $14

The Sausage Factory is a natural progression of their expansion, enabling customers to dine on sausages cooked in the same kitchen in which they were made. The space is small and cosy, a 30-seater restaurant filled every night with locals. Meat hooks from its former life as a Greek butchery have been deliberately maintained, but there's also a long open shelf stacked with pickles, jams and gourmet salts.

All tables are walk-in only although there is a large birthday table that can be reserved for six to ten people. They've also recently had their alcohol licence granted which means an interesting list of beers (earl grey tea and pear blonde ale with a sloth on the label!) and gin and tonics with native rosemary.

Dinner for two at the Sausage Factory by Chrissy's Cuts in Dulwich Hill
Dinner for two $55
Five sausages with pickles, bread and choice of salad

The menu is short and sweet. Choose from eight different meat sausages and three salads. Vegetarians can order the scamorza cheese, zucchini, almond and currant "sausage". Sausages are also coeliac-friendly.

Order by the sausage for $8 each (served with pickles and condiments) or get the dinner for two for $55 that includes your choice of five sausages, pickles, bread and your choice of salad. If that's still too much, you can get a sausage in a bread roll with tomato sauce for $11.

Housemade chicken, pork, beef, camel and lamb sausages from the Sausage Factory by Chrissy's Cuts in Dulwich Hill
[L-R]: Chicken thigh with preserved lemon, honey and oregano;
Pork shoulder with bacon and maple syrup;
Beef chuck with brown sauce and worcestershire;
Camel pastourma;
Lamb shoulder with sumac and mint

We opt for the dinner for two. Our sausage selection covers one of each beast. Somehow we end up with two extra from the kitchen because a couple have burst their skins. Eight bucks a snag might sound a little steep until you realise each sausage is made using free range meat with no gluten or preservatives. They're a far cry from the usual sausage sizzle suspects.

These sausages have a noticeable meatiness without any of the greasiness you get from cheaper offerings. Of the four types we try, it's no surprise that my favourite is the pork shoulder with bacon and maple syrup. There's only a hint of sweetness but it works brilliantly. The camel pastourma is also a winner, a juicy number that's fragrant with Middle Eastern spices.

Housemade pickles and beer mustard at the Sausage Factory by Chrissy's Cuts in Dulwich Hill
Apples in Poor Tom's gin, pickled carrots and radish, lemon garlic yoghurt and housemade beer mustard

All sausages are served with housemade pickles, thin discs of carrots and radish and slivers of apples macerated in Poor Tom's gin. And you can alternate between little pots of lemon garlic yoghurt and housemade beer mustard to add flourish to your sausage.

Radicchio, cauliflower, hazelnut and prune salad from the Sausage Factory by Chrissy's Cuts in Dulwich Hill
Radicchio, cauliflower, hazelnut and prune salad 

Don't go looking for mashed potatoes. There's a deliberate move away from this combo - although I can think of nothing finer than terrific sausages with Paris mash and gravy. Instead it's all about the veggies. We relished bitter crisp leaves of radicchio against finely shaved slices of raw cauliflower, cooked prunes and toasted hazelnuts.

The salad was included in our dinner for two but if you order this separately it'll cost you $14. Other salads include a pear beetroot labne combo plus a brussels sprout salad with popcorn shoots. Yep, that's the result of specific popcorn kernels germinated and planted so they sprout shoots.

And the biggest surprise of all we discovered during our dinner? Chrissy and her husband Jim are both still holding down day jobs, racing to the restaurant for weeknight and weekend trade. Props.

SMH Good Food Guide

Sydney's Top 20 Cheat Eats for 2017


And just in case you missed it, my list for Sydney's Top 20 Cheap Eats for 2017 came out as a cover story for Good Food. This is my third year in a row compiling this list for the Good Food Guide. It's never an easy list to compile, only because we're spoilt for choice in Sydney when it comes to incredible food options.

My mission this year was to finally throw a spotlight on all the suburban cheap eats that rarely get a mention in mainstream media lists. I couldn't fit in everyone but I hope I've provided a balanced cross-section of cuisines across the geographical megalopolis that is Sydney. Read the full list.

The Sausage Factory bistro bar and cellar door by Chrissy's Cuts in Dulwich Hill

The Sausage Factory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Sausage Factory
380 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill, Sydney

Opening hours
Wednesday to Friday 5pm-10pm
Saturday 4pm-10pm
Sunday 4pm-9pm

Walk-ins only.
Reservations available for the birthday table for 6-10 people only. Email chrissy@chrissyscuts.com.au

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 8/01/2017 01:19:00 am


  • At 8/01/2017 8:51 pm, Blogger gaby @ lateraleating said…

    I had the opportunity to taste Chrissy's sausages for a review and they were awesome. Can't wait to check The Sausage Factory out!

  • At 8/02/2017 1:30 am, Blogger 17th stitch said…

    I love your Top-20 list and I only wish I didn't live half-way around the world from you all these lovely places to eat.

  • At 8/02/2017 7:40 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I hope they paid well for your review. $11 for a sausage in a roll is ridiculous.

  • At 8/03/2017 11:13 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Anon - I wasn't paid, nor have I ever been paid, for any post/review on Grab Your Fork. This was an anonymous visit that was paid for using my personal money.

    I don't disagree that the sausages here are more expensive than other places, but then as I point out above, most other places aren't small-scale operations using free range meat. Just as some people are happy to pay $100 for a bottle of wine, others don't want to pay more than $5. The perception of value, or return on investment, is individual.

  • At 8/03/2017 4:58 pm, Anonymous Berny @ I Only Eat Desserts said…

    Woot congrats on being the cover story for Good Food :D This is why I love blogs so much - suburban cheap eats are the best food around and usually only bloggers write about these places

  • At 8/04/2017 4:46 pm, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    yas congrats on the cover story!

  • At 8/04/2017 9:41 pm, Blogger K said…

    Those sausage flavours sound amazing! Need to find a time to try them.
    Nice work on the article too :)

    And LOL at the anonymous comment, some people can be so presumptuous and rather rude hiding behind their anonymity. Hats off to you for your diplomatic response; I wouldn't have been as kind.

  • At 8/08/2017 12:59 pm, Blogger Ramen Raff said…

    Congrats on the cover story Helen!

  • At 8/17/2017 10:13 pm, Blogger Vivian - vxdollface said…

    Congrats on the cover story!


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