Welcome to the first in the new series of cheap eats. In our previous series, which you can find in the archives, “cheap” was defined as “under $10”. Moving forward our definition will be less rigorous, including options a few dollars over that budget where we see fantastic value.
Our 1st review in this series is on Autolyse Braddon (plus its new 2 second shop one door down, Autolyse juice bar).
Autolyse is the brain-child of Mickey Gubas and Mariana Cavic, and Darren Perryman and David Damour. All four of these owners have been stalwarts of the hospitality industry for many years and you may recognise them from Milk and Honey, Alto, Bread and Butter and more.
I visited both sites so it only seems fair to report on them separately. Firstly I checked out Autolyse, the bakery and café side of the business for a piccolo latte and then a menu favourite. I was recommended the Sous vide lamb shoulder with pickled onion, tabouli and quinoa on a fresh baked Autolyse baguette, priced at $9.50 (plus of course the price of your coffee). My meal was delicious and you could tell the lamb had easily fallen off the bone, the tabouli quinoa and onion all complimenting it well and resulting in a nice fresh fusion.
There’s indoor and outdoor seating and the staff were great and very helpful.
I then needed to go and check out the newest creation in the group, so a hop over the Repco carpark landed me at Autolyse Juice Bar. It enjoys the same consistent fit out: nice, clean, fresh and white, and boasts a refreshing range of juices made while you wait, starting at around $6.50. My top choices are:
- the Happy Juice: which includes a mash up of apple, pear, pineapple, ginger and mint
- the Super C: carrots, pineapple, orange, lime and grapefruit
- and lastly, my favourite is: Strength: apple, beetroot, carrots, lemon, turmeric and kale.
So two lunch options and both easily under $13.
Let us know in the comments section if you have a tip for our next lunch, if you’re looking for a cheap eat in your area or there’s a venue that you think deserves to be in this series.