Big Sam’s St Albans Market, 3 St Albans Rd, St Albans. Phone: 9366 2237
Despite becoming quite familiar with the many wonders of the shopping and fun precinct that surround Alfrieda St in St Albans, Big Sam’s has until now escaped our attention.
For one thing, it’s often been closed when we’re in the neighbourhood.
For another, I heard – somewhere, somehow – that it’s nothing special.
A single, quick glance about as I enter amply demonstrates that latter point is untrue.
Instead of being just a single business, this appears to be many under the same roof and inhabiting quite a large space.
I don’t see any ordinary supermarket items such as loo paper or detergent, but between them the many stalls appear to have just about all the other bases covered. Certainly this is much more than a fruit and vegetable place.
There’s even a florist!
In that way, it’s a sort of multi-purpose market along the same lines as Sunshine Fresh Food Market – only a lot more meatier and a lot less halal.
There’s only a single seafood stall but a handful of butchers, each with a slightly different emphasis.
The prices are pretty keen.
I see several lots of tomatoes under the $2 mark. These are all very ripe – which is how I always buy them. Some are spoilt – but I have no problem at all finding some good still-firm ones to take home.
These bargain basement red capsicums are blemished – each one has what looks like some sort of frost burn the size of a 20 cent piece. But that aside, they are firm and fabulous. If the freezer at home didn’t have plenty of roasted and peeled ready to go, I’d be on them in a flash.
The market cafe has an Elvis thing going on … note the bongos.
I can see this place getting some handy usage from us when lunch adventures take us to St Albans.
It’s our kind of place with a really nice vibe.