George St Deli brings American-style bagels to Redfern
George St Deli opens in Redfern on Saturday August 27 the start-up of mother-daughter team Bernadette Sheppard and Anna Berlyn. In many ways, it’s a three-generation project.
When Bernadette’s mother, Colleen, lived in New York City after World War II, a bagel and lemonade at famed Russ & Daughters was her lunchtime ritual. Thus was born a family obsession with bagels.
“There’s nothing like a warm toasted bagel topped with pastrami or salmon, and served with a homemade schmear [cream-cheese spread]Berlyn said. “I feel like bagels are in our blood. Opening this shop would make my grandmother so proud.”
Sheppard adds: “Sydney is definitely going through an obsession with sandwiches, and we feel like there’s a lot of Italian deli meats, but there’s a void in the American-style deli market selling bagels and pretzels. traditional.”
They are particularly proud of their schmears, whipping together Philadelphia cream cheese, sour cream and lemon juice into a smooth spread, to which they will add other ingredients such as honey truffle or chives and freshly ground black pepper, which goes wonderfully with lox.
On the menu, the Lox Classic bagel (smoked trout, cream cheese, red onion, capers and tomato), as well as pastrami and an egg and potato salad. Want more? They also serve homemade schmears and lemonade, pretzels and babka. It looks a lot like New York.
The opening also on the charcuterie circuit this week is Chef alum Jess Hodge’s Small.Good. The pop-up is bringing small Australian produce, sandwiches and snacks in-store and to-go to Playfair St in The Rocks for the next three months.
Expect “roo-ben” sandwiches with pastrami wallaby, kangaroo katsu sandos, emu ‘nduja, smoked barramundi croquettes and pepperberry stracciatella.
“We hope our Aussie favorites with native Australian ingredients will remind diners of familiar tastes and surprise them,” Hodge said.
The venue is the first of several launches as part of the Playfair Takeover, a series of pop-ups that open within the compound.
George St Deli, open Monday to Friday 7am to 3pm; Sat-Sun 8am-2pm. 82 George Street, Redfern, georgestdeli.com.au
Petit.Bon, open Monday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch; Thurs 5pm-8pm dinner; Fri-Sat 11.30am-10pm midday and evening; Sun 11.30am-5pm lunch. Shop 21 Playfair Street, The Rocks, petit-bien.com.au