Establishment 218

Our friend Gabrielle lent us her slow cooker and ice cream machine while she and her husband were in Europe. I copied a bunch of paleo-friendly recipes to make good use of both appliances; one of those recipes, Korean-style grass-fed short ribs caught my eye. My meat providor at the Eveleigh markets doesn’t sell them, so I googled “grass-fed short ribs” and Establishment 218 came up.

First I emailed them to find out the delivery fees. $18 + GST would be alright for a freezer load of meat but I was planning to buy only the ribs, so I decided to go to the shop. I emailed them again to ask if they would have any short ribs in stock on Saturday. They did and said would put some aside for me. Excellent customer service so far.

Alvaro and I drove to the markets and then to Establishment. First good sign: no need to fight over a parking spot, they have lots. We stepped in and followed the procedure: this is not your regular butcher, it’s a meat mega-shop/paradise/pure land or whatever you want to call it. You enter the building via the left hand side door, walk through the corridor and put on a super thick jacket.

Jackets

Jackets

Feeling like a firefighter, you enter the massive refrigerated room. Picture the IKEA pick-up section. But full of meat. Neatly packaged and labelled chunks of meat.

Beef

Beef

Pork, lamb

Pork, lamb

Completely overwhelmed by the protein on offer I forgot for a minute I was supposed to get my ribs, pay and go, and contemplated grabbing a supermarket trolley and filling it up. Back to Earth, I grabbed a shopping basket, gave it to Alvaro and started browsing the shelves. First were the hormone and chemical free chooks. Good stuff. I remembered I was cooking chicken thighs that week and grabbed 3 packages.

Chicken

Chicken

Then there was bacon. I remembered I “needed” some, too. Grabbed a big package and moved on.

Bacon, etc

Bacon, etc

Next came the sausages. The chorizos started screaming my name but unfortunately I couldn’t find any excuse for buying them.

Sausages

Sausages

We had a quick glance at the pork and lamb sections before a long stare at the beef section.

Marinated lamb

Marinated lamb

I had a hard time restraining myself from buying everything (porterhouse steaks were 20% off!). Alvaro found it amusing, considering that a couple of years ago I was trying to convince him how nice it’d be to introduce more vegetarian meals in our diet. Ha!

Beef

Beef

Beef steaks

Beef steaks

I asked one of the friendly staff if he was Vic, the person I had been told to get my ribs from. He wasn’t but offered to check on my order. He returned with the packaged ribs, told me they weighted more than what I needed but explained they could cut them to my liking and place the 3.5 kg I had ordered in one bag and the rest in other. Cool!

Beef

Beef

Cool indeed. My camera froze just when I was about to photograph some hanging pig and cow carcasses. We stepped out of the giant fridge and continued with the process.

The cashiers are in a room with a few more items for sale: preserves, sauces, eggs, and a few different meats (I saw rabbit).

Preserves, etc

Preserves, etc

After paying, you’re entitled to see the butcher and get your meat cut to your liking. Service from start to finish is top quality, as well as the products they source. Just keep in mind that not all their beef is grass-fed (if you care about your Omega-3/6 ratio, that is).

Establishment 218
29-31 O’Riordan Street
Alexandria NSW 2015
(02) 9690 0979
www.establishment218.com.au

5 thoughts on “Establishment 218

  1. Went there a couple of weeks ago after a tip-off from a friend and I am super impressed. I bought a big chunk of AAA grade rump ($12.99kg), a leg of lamb ($11.99kg) and a couple of packets of T-bones and pork chops. They cut the rump and lamb into steaks and chops for me.
    The rump and T-bones were some of the juciest and tastiest I have ever had and the lamb and pork outstandingly fresh.

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