After eating the Godfather ($18) at the Foragers Market Bulli, I headed out to Bačka Gourmet Foods to visit their factory store. Factory store feels a bit like a misnomer here though, because these smallgoods are actually produced on the Gold Coast in a business owned by Richard Krstin. Krstin was born in Melbourne, but is of Yugoslav heritage, explaining his interest in traditionally made artisan meats.
Set in a corner strip mall on a suburban street, the Bačka Gourmet Foods outlet I visited is a small but aesthetically pleasing shop. Black and white tiled walls leave the hanging salumi – visible through a glass window into the climatically controlled cool room – to be the hero.
The Revesby outlet store receives a delivery from their Queensland parent every Thursday, and then – along with their market trade - open up for business between 9am and 5pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sadly they freeze their delicate ćevapi (skinless sausages) as soon as they arrive, in packs too big for our two-person home. I was forced to make do with bratwurst ($14.99/kg), which actually proved to be well priced and tasty enough for me to plan a return visit for more.
All of the European smallgoods they’re selling are gluten, preservative and additive-free; and smoked using natural wood smoking. You’ll also find pungent smoked cheese, jerky ($25/500g), speck ($30/kg), and prosciutto ($12/200g) in their small artisan range. The speck is amazing, though slightly thicker slices made the Bačka prosciutto more of a cooking one than an eating one for me.
Bačka Gourmet Foods
1/64 Beaconsfield Street, Revesby
Ph: (0418) 646 092