Sunday, June 14, 2009

A day of eating: Part II (Bourke Street Bakery, Surry hills)

Tea at Bourke Street Bakery
(or rather post lunch snack attack)
Bourke Street Bakery

Being patisserie students, we often venture into the different bakeries, cafes and chocolatiers to look, taste and critique their desserts and pastries. It also meant that we were on a look out for good patisseries to try.

Bourke Street Bakery is along Bourke Street (well, that’s how it got its name) at Surry Hills. It has another branch at Broadway too. According to many Aussie food bloggers, it has one of the best breads in town.

Sarah and I took a walk from Bills to Bourke Street Bakery. It is almost like a hidden gem for it was just a tiny corner store with little seating area. For those who don’t know better would have barely given it so much as a look. But one strange little fact about this place is that there is often a queue forming on the outside.

Well, we didn’t wait long for the queue moves pretty quickly since it’s pretty much a takeaway place. We caught eye of some desserts at the shop window and even though we just had lunch, we couldn’t resist the strawberry, vanilla brulee tart and a rhubarb tart. Since it was a bakery, we also bought bread to take home which would become our breakfast. I got the fig and barberry sourdough because I thought it sounded interesting. The breads here are all artisan loaves and all pretty rustic loaves.
The rhubarb tart and the strawberry vanilla brulee tart

While others were debating on what loaves to get, Sarah and I were examining the way the loaves were made: from the colour, to the size and to the shape.

We tried the the desserts and the strawberry, vanilla and brulee tart was simply amazing! It was a flaky tart pastry with a caramelized crispy toffee top that breaks and flakes in your mouth the moment you bite into it. The vanilla brulee part was a beautiful custard like texture, so smooth and silky and then came the layer of strawberry spread just above the tart. The combination is so simple yet so amazing.

Can't wait to be back for this one tart!

Bourke Street Bakery
633 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
(Corner Devonshire Street)
Tel: +61 (02) 9699-1011
Open Tue-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-5pm
Also located at 130 Broadway
Tel: 92813113

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