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Some of the Sweet Options at West Juliett (Image by TSL)

Some of the Sweet Options at West Juliett
(Image by TSL)

What if I told you that the Twelve hour pork with ‘slaw on offer at West Juliett is so good that I forgot I was meant to photograph it before I started eating…?

True. I LOVE this meal. See – here it is…

Twelve hour pork, fennel, sharp cabbage, apple, kohl rabi, parmesan (Image by TSL)

Twelve hour pork, fennel, sharp cabbage, apple, kohl rabi, parmesan
(Image by TSL)

And, when I say I love this meal, I mean really love it. Whenever LM asks me what I want for lunch, I say the West Juliett pork salad. It is so good – it goes without saying that the pork is full of slow-cooked yumminess, but the spicy-sweet slaw is equally good. I think there may even be some home-made pickled cabbage in the mix.

We have visited the fine establishment that is West Juliett on several occasions in the past two or three months and I always have the pork salad. Honestly? – it got to the point, on my previous visit, that I was compelled to try something else on the menu. I felt I was being unfairly biased towards the pork. Our lovely waitress assured me that the Juliett Salad of avocado, seasonal vegetables, leaves, nuts, seeds and herbs with a side of chicken, was equally fab’. Turned out, it was pretty fab’. It just wasn’t quite on a par with the pork number that I so love. It’s a matter of taste, I reckon’.

LM loves the burger. He always loves the burger! And, the good folk at West Juliett are pretty good at ensuring his dairy-free requirements are met, too.

Grass fed burger, beetroot relish, butter lettuce, pickles and aioli (but sans cheddar) served with a bowl of hand cut chips with crisp herbs Please note the beetroot juice is only like that because LM has already had a hefty bite out of his burger! (Image by TSL)

Grass fed burger, beetroot relish, butter lettuce, pickles and aioli (but sans cheddar) served with a bowl of hand cut chips with crisp herbs
Please note the beetroot juice is only like that because LM has already had a hefty bite out of his burger!
(Image by TSL)

But it’s not just the food that rocks at West Juliett. LM will tell you that he has had his best coffee ever in a Sydney café here. He’s an espresso man. If you’re a connoisseur of such matters, the café uses a ‘seasonally changing coffee that is contract roasted locally by White Horse coffee’.

And, they even make their own milkshakes and sodas. I’ve not tried a milkshake (yet) but we often partake of a soda…

Rhubarb and something soda at West Juliett (Image by TSL)

Rhubarb and something soda at West Juliett
(Image by TSL)

What I particularly love about places like West Juliett (and Cornersmith), apart from the fact that they are located in my wee neck of the woods, is that they care about where they source their product. And, it shows. They make all their own yoghurt and baked goods on site (and the smells are seriously
a m a z i n g when the chocolate chip cookies are just coming out of the oven). There’s a section on their menu dedicated to explaining the provenance of their supplies – fresh jersey milk from Warrnambool, grass fed beef from Taralga Springs and free range eggs, tomatoes and honey from Mary in Wyong.

West Juliett's Menu (Image by TSL)

West Juliett’s Menu
(Image by TSL)

The cafe is pretty unassuming from the outside. But, every time we’ve visited it has been humming. The people watching isn’t bad, either. Lots of hipsters in this corner of Marrickville.

On a nice day, there’s a fair amount of outdoor seating. Sadly, when we were there last week it was a tad chilly for al fresco dining so we headed inside. There were a few hardier souls than us who braved the wind…

The unassuming West Juliett (Image by TSL)

The unassuming West Juliett
(Image by TSL)

Inside the bustling West Juliett (Image by TSL)

Inside the bustling West Juliett
(Image by TSL)

Homemade preserves at West Juliett (Image by TSL)

Homemade preserves at West Juliett
(Image by TSL)

West Juliett is open from Monday – Saturday, 7am – 4pm. You can find it at 30 Llewellyn St, Marrickville. It’s seriously worth a visit!

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