Slavonija Continental Butchers, 75 Main Rd West, St Albans. Phone: 9366 2336.
The lovely staff at Slavonija Continental Butchers tell me the business has been in operation at these premises for about 30 years.
They answer my pesky questions as a succession of regular customers come and go.
They stock a nice but restricted line groceries such as pickled vegetables and so on.
But the main action here without a doubt surrounds the smoked meats and sausages.
Everything bar the salami is made in-house, I am informed.
There’s several different kinds of Polish sausage, the difference between them being something I only dimly grasp.
I buy a long length of low-fat Polish sausage at $20 a kilogram. If it tastes as good as it looks, it may become our default position for pastas, salads and bean soups and stews in which we use chorizo.
I buy, too, a half dozen frankfurts at $11 a kilogram.
These are fat and pale pink, as opposed to the long, skinny and red that is more familiar. They are smoked, though.
Most of them go in the freezer, but I have two for dinner – just with bread roll, dijon mustard and pickled cucumber slices.
They’re damn fine, juicy and with a only a mild smokiness.
And yes – joy of joys – they go “pop”.
At that sort of acceptable price, these, too, could become regulars in our household.
I’m looking forward to exploring the Slavonija range at greater depth, especially with a view to tarting up our work/school lunches.