Pepe Saya factory tour, Tempe7

Posted on December 28, 2011 by ChristieTaste Tests

“I know you” says the woman as soon as I walk in the door. “You went to Bethany College, didn’t you?”.

Startled, I studied her face, ‘Cindy?’. No – Cindy is her sister, who I went to high school with. They look very alike. This is Merna, owner of the dessert company Homemade Finefoods. What a small world!

Today I am with my very good friend Lorraine visiting a factory shared by Pepe Saya, Pat & Sticks, Booza Ice Cream and Homemade Finefoods. Baby Poppy has also come along as she just loves a good taste testing adventure!

Pierre, the owner of Pepe Saya, takes us through the factory. He explains the origin of the company name (Pepe is his childhood nickname and ‘Saya’ came to him in a dream) and shows us his team who are busy hand rolling every butter order, some of which are destined for Sydney’s top restaurants like Rockpool Bar & Grill and Cotton Duck.

His butter is in high demand due to the single-origin cream from grass-fed herds and murray river pink salt – it’s slightly creamy, slightly acidic and completely moreish.

I particularly like the salted version sliced into thick wedges when ice cold because you can see the salt flakes marbling through the butter (not unlike fat in a wagyu steak) and the delicious salt crystals melt on your tongue. That’s if you eat the butter straight. Hang on, did I just admit to that?

Above, the friendly peeps at Unit 4, 3 Wood St, Tempe.

From L to R: “Stick” (Pat & Stick, co-owner), Merna Taouk (Homemade Finefoods, Owner), Ben Dutton (PR for The Stock Merchant + Pat & Stick), Pierre Issa (Pepe Saya, Owner), Tedy Altree-Williams (Booza Ice Cream, co-owner).

The factory is open to the public and is located in a little cul de sac street behind the new massive IKEA. A little shopping, a little indulgence – it’s the perfect half-day outing. I recommend you get down there to check it out.

We were going to go to IKEA for lunch, but then we got given this super generous goodie bag to take home so had to get it into the freezer ASAP. There was no way I was going to let all these delicious treats melt before being enjoyed.

Not pictured are the Homemade Finefoods Tiramisu and Rice Pudding or the Booza Ice Cream petit fours as hubby and I gobbled those down before they got a chance to be photographed! The Tiramisu in particular was AMAZING!

Also, special mention to Pat & Stick’s Vanilla Lace which is vanilla bean ice cream sandwiched between two crunchy oat and almond lace cookies. So good!

Plus, non-sweet related, I got given a brand new product by The Stock Merchant – crab stock. Keep your eyes peeled for a recipe using it, although I’m still deciding! Any suggestions?

Christie x

Fig & Cherry received these products to taste test with compliments of Pepe Saya, Homemade Finefoods, Booza and Pat & Sticks.

  • What a fun visit that was! And snap! The vanilla lace is totally my favourite flavour. I told Mr NQN that he could help himself to the flavours except for the vanilla lace ;)

  • P.S. the rice pudding is delicious and I am waiting to try the tiramisu!

  • InTolerant Chef

    I love to see the people behind the product, especially such a great artisan product.

    Oooooh crab stock! Well a delicate risotto, a light creamy sauce for pasta, the base of a jellied terrine, for poaching less exciting seafood in, reduced down to a thick slick of stunning sauce….. So many exciting ways, I hope they gave you a few packets to play with!

  • Hurrrah! I can now persuade Mr Sticky to visit Ikea with the lure of a Pat & Sticks icecream if he is good :)

  • Ohhhh Nice I’m so jealous! I’ve only had Pat and Sticks once cuz Mr Bao is always complaining about having too much dessert…i don’t even know how that’s possible!!!

    I’d love to try the hand made butter too :)

    Happy New Years in advance!

  • Their bread and butter pudding is DIVINE!!

  • sounds like lots of great products under one roof. i do wish the pepe saya butter came in a resealable container though. every time i open the foil packaging i get butter on my fingers.

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