In the last 12 months, Swan Hill has seen a number of new additions to the food scene. All have brought their own ‘little something’ to the town, which 3585livestayplay is only more than happy to research and report back to you, our dear reader. The first place we are putting under the culinary microscope is ‘High Thyme’ located in the southern end of Beveridge Street.
I’m going to get this part out of the way first. The shop front and the décor. It does such a disservice to what is actually offered inside in terms of food and drink. I was always brought up not to judge books by their covers. But guess what, I do. And I most definitely do with the shop fronts of places I want to eat in. The store name font screams old fashioned but the menu is far from that. I get overwhelmed every time I walk into the shop- the OCD in me doesn’t know where to look and why is there a skateboard/snowboard/scooter contraption hanging off the divider?
But clearly the good folk of Swan Hill are able to see past all of that and I’m glad that I was able to as well. Having visited for breakfast, lunch and dinner, High Thyme is certainly gaining popularity and is a consistent provider of quality food and drink. Promoting themselves as an eatery that serves wholesome food, made from local produce where possible, they certainly are targeting an ever booming market in the culinary scene.
3585livestayplay first visited High Thyme back in February after our first mountain bike adventure along the Wakool River. We needed to power back up and both ended up selecting the caramello porridge. Made with quinoa, oats and dates, this creamy bowl of deliciousness was just what we needed to refuel. On a second visit, this time with child in tow, my co-contributor treated herself and her youngest to a blooming tea and a babychino. Both visually appealing and almost too pretty to drink. I went solo for our third visit, this time for lunch. As I was alone, I delighted in being able to choose a meat dish with no one lifting an eyebrow at me (this was pre-confession stage). Meatballs served with zucchini noodles was more than enough to satiate this vegetarian on the verge of crossing back over. They packed a delightful spicy punch and I’m glad that High Thyme is on point with following current food trends with the inclusion of the zucchini noodles- so much lighter than the traditional pasta noodles.
The final visit was on the Saturday night of the Swan Hill and Region Food and Wine Festival.
A stroke of genius if you ask me- setting up two giant paella pans out the front of the shop and serving seafood or chicken versions to hungry festival goers or those who saw the post on High Thyme’s facebook page. The paellas were whipped up by a visiting Mildura Chef who was willing to participate in some banter with the slightly tipsy crew I was dining with. And boy were they good paellas- a bargain at $12, filled with fresh seafood and chorizo or chicken and chorizo, it was almost like we were in Spain…
High Thyme has definitely established itself as a solid option when looking for somewhere to dine whether it be for breakfast or lunch. They currently host dinners for groups when specially booked, but I really hope they consider doing more street-style evening dining throughout the year. A larger commercial kitchen is in the installation stages as are some more of the owner’s treasures… including a purple UFO. I’m prepared to look past it as long as they keep producing the quality and variety of food they have been doing. Well worth the visit, if you haven’t been already.
Open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 9am-2pm, closed Sunday
Shop 2/257 Beveridge Street, Swan Hill