Sunday, September 5, 2010

Review : Formaggi Ocello

Shop 16,
425 Bourke Street,
Surry Hills (St Margaret’s)

Monday to Friday 9.00am - 7.30pm

Saturday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday 10.00am - 6.00pm

It was a rainy Saturday lunchtime & Buggles & Squeak decided to head to Formaggi Ocello to sample some of the cheese & cured meats on offer.

Buggles and Squeak love cheese in all its wonderful & varied forms, so we were really looking forward to our lunch.

Formaggi Ocello offers a huge selection of cheese which includes;
soft goat cheese & ripe white mould and wash rind cheese from Australia, Italy & France;
blue cheese from Australia, Italy, France, Spain & UK;
semi-hard and hard sheep, goat, cow, buffalo & mixed milk cheeses from Australia, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland & Holland.
They also have premium cured hams available freshly sliced.  From Italy – Proscuitto San Daniele & Proscuitto di Parma.
From Spain – Jamon Serrano and Iberico.
Locally - Free Range salami, leg ham, pancetta, bresola & culatello.
Add to this a range of organic sourdoughs, grissini, mustard fruits, jams & honeys & you can see Formaggi Ocello is a one stop shop for all things indulgent.

The great thing is, you can sit instore & sample some of the great cheese & cured meats available.

We decided to order a Premium Cheese Plate along with a Salumi Plate.

The Premium Cheese plate is  selection of three premium cheeses with accompaniments for $35.

The three cheeses today were;

Quadrello di Bufala - a cheese made from Buffalo milk & very similar in taste & texture to Taleggio (a Buggles & Squeak favourite), the flavour was quite rich & a little sweet. Delicious.

Fossa Venturi - a hard matured cow's milk cheese, it had a sharp, strong flavour & was quite similar to pecorino, it had a deep gold color having been matured underground in carved out holes or pits. It was unbelievably good.

Basajo - a soft sheep's milk blue soaked in moscato. This cheese had a rich velvety texture with a hit of fruitiness, it was sinfully divine!

Our cheeses were accompanied by crisp bread, grissini, muscatels & mustard fruits.

Formaggi Ocello also offer cheese & wine matching which Buggles & I will be sure to try next visit.

The Salumi plate ($25) included; Prosciutto, salami, bresola, mortadella & jamon, with pecorino & feta and organic sourdough bread.
The meat is sliced to order & is incredibly fresh & full of flavour. 

All in all this was a most pleasant & relaxed lunch & very reasonably priced.

Squeak

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1 comment:

Simon Food Favourites said...

i believe during the week they have a glass of wine deal which comes with some free cheese :-) hoping to check it out one day.