Westfield Sydney CBD
Pitt St Mall
Sydney NSW 2000
When the revitalised Westfields shopping precinct opened (the signage actually says “The Opening Begins”, which doesn’t make any sense), it was reported that there were queues of people waiting to be the first to enter and part with their cash.
As well as those queueing to enter the new shopping mall, queues were also present, for the first day (and subsequent days in that first week or so) at some of the eateries within this new shopping centre, with people happily waiting for up to TWO HOURS for their food in this shiny new food court.
One of these new eateries is EAT Deli Kitchen, owned by Panerai wearing chef Michael Moore. I haven’t managed to get a clear view of which Panerai it is (Luminor, bracelet), but I was there to try the Reuben (100kg of that salt beef was sold on day one of trading), for which I didn't have to wait for more than about five minutes.
The Reuben – Blackmores Wagyu Salt Beef served on Rye with Swiss Cheese, Dill Pickles, Sauerkraut, Mild Mustard Mayo ($13.50)
Why aren’t Reuben sandwiches more popular in Sydney? I mean seriously – why? Lauren Murdoch’s new restaurant Felix, which has just opened, also has it on the menu (and I can’t wait to try it); perhaps this is the start of a new trend?
Two visits, two Reubens – a decent amount of quality salt beef (but not too much to make the sandwich unwieldy to eat or difficult to finish), enough sauerkraut (quite mild) and pickle to cover each mouthful. It is fairly filling, but not overly so. I’d order it again.
The same can’t be said for the other sandwich (or rather roll), I’ve tried, the ‘Picania’.
Picania – Pepper Crusted Beef Rump, Balsamic Onions ($12.50)
Shoestring Fries with Pink Salt and Rosemary ($2.50)
The description sounded so promising. The meat looked so promising. It’s just that something got lost from there to the point of completion.
Most of the ‘something’ that got lost was the meat.
The roll contained not only balsamic onions, but also mushrooms. This was fortunate, as it added both bulk and flavour to the filling, most of which seemed to consist of onions and mushrooms. The amount of actual meat was somewhat meagre; I’d say that almost half of my bites didn’t contain any, and those mouthfuls that did, seemed so fleeting. It’s a shame, as what meat I did taste I enjoyed, especially the pepper crusted bits.
The accompanying fries were good value at $2.50, but the taste of the rosemary was well, rather subtle.
Would I return to Eat Deli? I would for the Reuben, but not the Picania. As for trying the other four sandwich/ roll options, I’ll get back to you on that.