You can finally take home Two-Bit Villains’ vegetable goods
Two-Bit Villains has launched a meat-free butcher shop with homemade, plant-based versions of delicacies such as pepperoni, sliced turkey, and breakfast sausages.
After enjoying plant-based meals at Two-Bit Villains in the Adelaide Arcade for 11 years, the Hughes family is finally letting the public take their meat alternatives home, with an in-store butcher shop and online.
Son-and-mother team Liam and Leigh Hughes began developing their plant-based meat alternatives in 2016 when they expanded the Two-Bit Villains menu.
The butcher shop officially opened last Monday, with loyal TBV customers eager to buy from its vegetable turkey slices, pepperoni, bacon, chicken, and beef patties.
CityMag sat down with Liam and his sister and business partner, Jacoba, to learn about the butcher’s offerings (and shamelessly grab a bite to eat).
“We put it on our mailing list Friday with a good response and received many orders from the lucky early birds,” says Liam.
“Our website traffic has increased by 110% and is flooded with orders from hungry customers.
“We’re already working hard to replenish and maintain our inventory so people can still get the goodies in-store.”
The Two-Bit team has been offering the products to customers in-store for some time now, testing the waters to see what hits and misses.
“It’s been a really good reception so far with a lot of really good feedback,” says Jacoba.
“People will buy and eat the pepperoni before they leave the store,” adds Liam.
While the couple keeps their recipes a secret, CityMag has pulled out some basics.
“It’s a seitan product, so it’s made from gluten protein,” Liam says.
Seitan was developed by ancient Chinese Buddhists who didn’t eat meat culturally, Jacoba explains, so they created an alternative with gluten.
“Since then, however, we have come a long way,” she laughs.
Beyond that seitan base, it’s about experimenting with different herbs, spices, and cooking methods to create faux meat.
“We keep expanding our range, so we keep trying new things and seeing if it works,” says Liam.
The butcher shop runs from the Two-Bit Villains restaurant, with fresh stock made in the restaurant kitchen and available daily. All products can also be ordered online for collection or delivery.
“At this stage, stuff in the store is just over the counter, and the online store has everything available where you can buy it for pick up, or we can deliver it for a minimum order of $30,” says Liam. †
“We can deliver up to 25 miles from the CBD, and one of our business partners is from Mount Barker, so we can also do Mount Barker deliveries from 25 miles which goes all the way to Murray Bridge.”
The team hopes to establish a more formal setting to sell their plant-based products as their range grows.
“If this works well, maybe we can set up a mini-supermarket [in the restaurant] with a small counter for our meat alternatives and shelves for some groceries,” says Liam.
Liam and Jacoba are excited about the new items they can add to their menu. They believe their fake meats will be popular, with Adelaideans wanting to try something new, local, and good for the environment.
“Factory farming is one of the biggest problems on Earth right now, in terms of climate change and all that,” Liam says.
“We are small and independent; we are a family business not backed by a giant corporation.
“We’re real South Aussies from the grassroots.”
At this point in our conversation, a turkey and cranberry sandwich was brought to the table and quickly gobbled up in an eager and impressed CityMag mouth.
Watch for Two-Bit Villain’s butcher shop options by following their Instagram or visiting the online store.