14 January 2016

IGA Supermarket Ritchies Maille Boutique, Spit Junction + Maille Hamper Giveaway


Bridgepoint Shopping Centre
1-3 Brady Street, Spit Junction NSW 2088

A boutique world of mustard

“Created in 1747 by Antoine Maille, La Maison Maille stepped into history when its refined secret recipes caught the attention of King Louis XV becoming his official purveyor of vinegar and mustard, an honour later granted by the other most prestigious European Royal Courts including Russia, Prussia, Austria and Hungary.”

Thanks to History Will Be Kind for inviting me to visit the Maille Mustard Boutique which is 1 of only 7 worldwide. Before I visited the store my experience of mustard have been pretty basic. The wholegrain, the dijon and the hot mustard come to mind. Generally I've bought Maille as a preferred brand for the wholegrain mustard but that's all I really knew of the brand. Upon arrival it's impressive to see how many mustards Maille actually do make and I never knew they also made vinegars. They also have mustard fresh from the pump served in a stoneware jar suitable for future refills. If you're curious to try before you buy there's plenty on offer at the stand to sample with some bread or at the time I visited a bit of ham and cheese. I learnt the Parmesan & Basil Mustard would be a tasty one to mix in with some pasta for a simple dish at home. Each mustard is labelled with tasting notes and recipe suggestions which I found very helpful.

The Maille Mustard Boutique showcases their boutique products while the more mainstream mustards including tartare and aioli are located on the general supermarket shelves. I personally think there would be benefit to the customer to include all the products on the Maille stand to really highlight the extent of the range. For those with money to burn they have a Mustard with Chablis White Wine and Black Truffle for $500. The stand is located at the front of the store near the check out so it's in a highly visible area although its unfortunate the service person attending the Maille stand and helping with sampling also needs to help customers at the checkout if they have any queries so it can become a bit disruptive for the taster and the service person. A dedicated person would be ideal.

Thanks to Maille one lucky reader will have a chance to win a lovely Maille hamper. All you have to do is comment below and tell me which Maille mustard or product you would most love to try and what you'd have it with. Too easy. Competition open to all residents of Australia and they'll organise the delivery to you. I'll also be sharing the competition on my Facebook groupSydney Food Bloggers group and Instagram so entry comments can also be made there. One entry per person and competition ends Sunday 17 January 11.59 pm EST. Your name, number and address will be required if you're the winner to receive your prize.

The hamper* will include:
• Fresh mustard with Sauternes white wine
• Aged Balsamic Vinegar 3 years
• Vinegar with Mango Puree
• Honey mustard with Balsamic Vinegar
• Extra Fine Cornichons
• Mustard with white wine and Cognac

*These varieties are subject to change based on availability and will be substituted with a product equal or higher in value.

PROS: An extensive range of Maille mustards available to sample and purchase
CONS: For their standard mustards you'll need to find them within the supermarket rather than at the Maille Mustard Boutique and the service person might have to attend to other check out customers while you're interested in sampling the products
MUST TRY: As many as you can to decide which one you love
VERDICT: Great place to bring a mustard loving friend or buy a mustard gift for someone you know who will appreciate something different for their tastebuds


Jessica said...

Hi Simon,
Great pictures of mustard.
I always have Maille in my fridge. There is no better snack than fresh ham, mustard and tomato on a whole what cracker.

Weekend Food Escapes said...

Wow, what a great competition! I love Maille Mustards and I didn't realise they had some an extensive range. I had a minor foodgasm looking at the blue cheese Maille mustard so I would love to try that. I love blue cheese and I love mustard so I would forsee this being a heavenly combo. It would be a bit indulgent and quite unique.

Pleeeeeeeeeaseee pick me!!! Pretty Please :)

Lisa from Weekendfoodescapes

Simon Leong said...

Entries from Instagram:

qoo01Honey Dijon mustard, have it in my sandwich πŸ˜†

jacicanI can't go passed a extra fine cornichon on anything - on their own, in a fresh @ambercreekfarm ham sandwich to add some crunch or chopped nice a extra fine in my tartar sauce next time i take delivery of some #gippsland fresh flake. Jaci

xxrlillyHoney Dijon on roasted brussels sprouts πŸ™Š

confessions_of_a_gluttonWhole grain mustard - spread a layer of it on the tart base of a gorgeous homemade salmon quiche; adds a wonderful popping texture and zing of flavour

hayday3777Dijon in a dressing for a potato and green bean salad

19kinggeorgeLove to try the horseradish mustard on a thick juicy barbequed rib eye

niccileeHoney Dijon glazed roasted ribs!!

justthe_two_ofusThe horseradish! On a piece of rare steak!!


cloudyclutzHorseradish on a rare roast beef sandwich!

mango_lovesWholegrain mustard on my beef welly

robynllittleI love Maille products. Their Hollandaise is fabulous, despite coming from a jar. Their mustards are superb. I have just bought some beautiful Black Forest ham that would go nicely on some dark rye bread with Maille's Honey Mustard πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

frenchcookinozI'd most like to try the Vinaigre de Figue (fig vinegar). I already use the Maille Dijon (of course i do!) and would like to swap my traditional red wine vinegar for the fig one to make vinaigrette (french salad dressing) πŸ˜„

guiltlessgluttonyWholegrain mustard! I want to make a nice baked salmon with a wholegrain mustard, honey and dill sauce. Yummo

jennyo_cHoney Dijon, on a big kransky

thehungryplumI'd love to try the honey dijon for a slight twist of the ever-traditional Beef Wellington! Mmm!

debidomoLove to have wholegrain mustard spread on gourmet burgers but also love the Dijon on dressings, homemade mayo, potato salads - give it a heat and a depth of flavour to it.

mailleusπŸ‘ to mustard!

Simon Leong said...

Entry from Simon Food Favourites Facebook:

Amber Boyce I''d use the mustard with white wine and cognac to make a delicious sauce for serve with baked chicken and potatoes - yum!!

Simon Leong said...

Some great suggestions and thank you everyone for entering. After reading all the entries 3 times over I've decided the one I keep wanting to try the most is by @jennyo_c for the Honey Dijon on a big kransky. I can almost taste it now if cooked over a good charcoal BBQ. Congrats. Please email your full name, address and phone details to simonleong@hotmail.com so I can organise delivery of your Maille hamper

Unknown said...

So every time I have a ham sandwich I covet green mustard. I have memories of green mustard from when I was in the UK and France many many years ago. I have contacted old friends and tried to research where I would find it. I have even feared that that mustard may be just an imaginary friend. Tee Hee! So...... I just wonder... just maybe.... the parmesan and basil mustard may be the mustard of my dreams that I am yearning for. Life would be just that little bit better :)

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