Sunday, December 12, 2010

Brekky @ KO Catering and Pies

G'day mates! December marks the third official Boston Brunchers outing which was held this past Saturday morning at the only Australian inspired food business in New England, KO Catering and Pies. Run by Aussies who hail from Sydney, this take out + retail food shop + catering business landed on A Street in Southie just steps from the Broadway T stop. This months brunch was complementary and offered exclusively to bloggers via a contest on Renee's blog. Seven winners were chosen anonymously based on their comments and so today I was joined by a much smaller group, compared to last months whopping count of 24 of bloggers and non bloggers alike. I was honored to have been chosen and I have a feeling Katie, Athena, Jason, Rachel, Elizabeth, Kimmy and of course Renee felt the same.(If I had a group photo, I'd insert it here. Instead you get Tim Tams.) As Rachel and I arrived a few minutes early we were greeted by Cara, the owner and face behind all the tweets! Cara's genuine personality was evident as she took the time to get to know us. She has a real kind spirit and a fun Australian accent to match! And a handmade table runner just for us?! This goes above and beyond. The cozy take out shop with clean white tile floors and a tan wall boasting a black utility pole mural is home to a rustic wooden communal table seating eight and a tiny bar behind it seating three. Black industrial metal stools await customers looking to linger. Shelves of Aussie treats line the far wall, next to it a coffee station and a counter filled with meat pies and sausages. There is no way you can visit without grabbing a cheesy meat pie and sausage puff pastry to go.
Cara certainly outdid herself with the spread that included individual coffee cups, water bottles and a Tim Tam wrapped with a cranberry candy cane. The evergreen centerpiece was dotted with tiny Australian flags.When the rest of the brunchers arrived Cara let us know we could choose anything off the Brekky menu and that they'd be starting off our meal with a Vegemite toast basket.I was super pumped to try Vegemite. And yes, Men At Work "Down Under" lyrics were absolutely ringing through my head. He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich.....It wasn't as bad as they say it is! Though the vessel of thick slabs of sourdough toast definitely helped its cause. Vegemite is a salty "concentrated yeast spread" that is as much a part of Australian culture as Kangaroos and Koalas. I was not about to take a tub of the Kraft product home, but I am certainly glad I got to try it and did eat two pieces of the savory toast!Some of the other brunchers Brekky choices included:Herbed Potato Rosti w/ slow roasted tomato, bacon & topped with a fried egg. Sweet Corn Fritters w/ bacon, avocado & arugula. I chose the Croque Madame. The classic grilled sandwich oozed melty provolone cheese from its thick crispy sourdough bread walls. Lined with smoked ham, topped with an immaculate fried egg and a dusting of fresh herbs, breakfast Aussie style did not disappoint.
As if we weren't sufficiently stuffed, Cara followed our entrees with a surprise round of sausage rolls.
I topped mine like they do in the land down under, with ketchup of course!The locally produced sausage is mixed with fresh herbs and a secret ingredient, which I am assuming gives it that melt in your mouth quality. Never before and most likely never again will you hear me describe sausage as "melt in your mouth", but that is the honest to gods truth. The envelope of a flaky doughy puff pastry aided in this feat while the ketchup added a contrasting element of cold to the piping hot roll. Lastly, we sampled the Sticky Date Pudding w/ vanilla ice cream & butterscotch sauce. Sweet was a lust worthy factor after a meat heavy meal of smokey bacon, ham and sausage. The warm date pudding was delivered bathing in butterscotch. When topped with a scoop of cool vanilla ice cream, the combination rounded out the meal in perfect harmony.If you live in Boston and have long been wondering what Southie has to offer by way of visit-worthy eats, look to KO Catering & Pies at 87 A Street. Likewise, if you've visited Australia and have been lusting over Tim Tams and Vegemite ever since, you can be guaranteed to get your fix here.
KO Catering & Pies, where local time = pie time.
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20 comments:

MelissaNibbles said...

OH MY GOD. I love vegemite! I had it in college and was hooked. Everyone thinks I'm nuts and thinks it's gross. Now that I know where I can get it, I'm going to stock up!! The fritters sound yummy too. Definitely going to hit this place up!

Elizabeth said...

Nice shot of the building from afar. I didn't even notice the KO on either side of the doorway!

Bridget said...

This looks like it was a really fun brunch! I don't think I really ever knew what Australian food was except for Tim Tams (one of my old roomie's brought them home when she was is Australia). The best thing ever was a Tim Tam explosion which she taught me, you bite a little piece off of each end (the short ends), and stick it in hot chocolate like a straw. Suck until the hot choclate get through the cream filling layer then put the whole Tim Tam in your mouth...melty, warm chocolatey goodness :)
Happy Monday!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Aw, I love the hand made sign. I love it when businesses go out of the way with the small details.

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

Looks like a fun brunch! I am pretty sure my husband would love this place!

Emily said...

Dang those sausage bites looks good. The table decorations were super cute - glad it was a good time!

Justin said...

That's a pretty awesome looking Croque Madame... I'm really looking forward to trying this place.

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

the food looks yummy! my friends studied abroad in australia and are dying to go here- i know they love those tim tams...haha

We Are Not Martha said...

I don't know how I never knew KO Prime was Australian. So crazy; I need to go!! Good for you for trying the Vegemite. And your sandwich looks AMAZING with the egg on top!! :)

Sues

Amber Blue Bird said...

wow so you ate the Vegemite and it wasnt that bad? I will take your word for it :)

Jan said...

Sigh....Tim Tams......

Bill and Debra said...

Great photos...Food looks good too.

debra
http://www.takingbelize.blogspot.com

Megan said...

Those Tim Tams look tasty! As does everything else. I really hope to get over there one of these days.

Jason Phelps said...

Daisy,

I love how many pictures you took! It definitely tells the story better than I did. We had a lot of fun and it was great to meet you.

Happy eating and I can't wait for the next time we get to brunch together.

Jason

Simply Life said...

Oh I'm jealous - that looks incredible! How do you find out about all these fun things in Boston?

mr. pineapple man said...

love vegemite and tim tams!

Tricia said...

reading this makes me want to go back to sydney! do they happen to serve lemon lime and bitters?!

Kelly said...

Wow everything looks so delicious...what a great idea for a restaurant!

A. Chris said...

Everything tastes better with an egg on it! Congrats on #17 top urbanspoon bloggers! A. Chris

jac@loolys.com said...

So I just moved to South Boston and I can't wait to try this place. :D Thanks for sharing all your lovely food recommendations.