Justin North’s hard-earned reputation as one of Australia’s best young chefs may have a lot to do with his surname – he just keeps on heading in new compass directions. He makes unexpected U-Turns, reverse parks and then suddenly steps on the accelerator leaving your heart in your stomach – literally. He does suspense better than Hitchcock.
Don’t judge Josh’s Cafe by the bright multi-coloured walls and noisy family cafe vibe – as I did. Josh is very serious about his food. Very serious. As an understudy of Serif Kaya’s at the Ottoman I suppose I shouldn’t have under-estimated how damn fine his persian-inspired menu would be.
But this in Berrima? Who would have believed it. A food stop on the highway between Canberra and Sydney doesn’t do it justice. Make Josh’s Cafe your destination. Now.
Scallops wrapped in proscuitto with pea puree
Lamb shish-kebabs with grilled vegetables, harissa and yoghurt
Chicken with mushroom cream sauce and garlic mashed potato
Croissant bread pudding with vanilla ice cream
Isn’t civilisation a fickle thing?
Remember when it use to be the height of style and sophistication to eat a frozen dinner in front of the telly in one of those plastic compartmentalised trays? I shudder at the memory.
Now the trend is to ditch processed foods and embrace natural ones. From farmgate to the fork. No middlemen. Hallelujah!
He is a passionate champion of organic, free-range, and therefore happy meat and vegetables.
Mixed bread rolls – pumpkin bread, potato bread and sourdough
Dessert: Goat’s cheesecake, rhubarb, burnt rosemary butter crumble and Lord Nelson Admiral ice cream.
And how much did I enjoy it?
Slow Food International Vice President Opening Ceremony Terre Madre
One of the greatest disciples of the Slow Food Movement is US chef and restaurateur Alice Waters who runs the famous Chez Panisse Restaurant and Cafe in Berkley California.
Alice was featured recently (mar 15th 2009) on American ’60 Minutes’ about her slow food philosophy – a sign that slow food is finally going mainstream! Take a look…….