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[Sydney] Bourke Street Bakery

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Bourke Street Bakery

Add: 633 Bourke Street Surry Hills
Tel: 9699 1011
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 7am~6pm [Sat-Sun] 8am~5pm
Price: [food] 3~10 AUD [drinks] 3~4.50 AUD
Visited on: 2012-04

Before my trip to Sydney, I asked an Australian friend for some dining tips, and here’s her note on Bourke Street Bakery: “Drink their coffee, eat a pork and fennel sausage roll (yes even as a vegetarian I still advocate this), drink their Belgian chocolate milk (it’s in the fridge), eat a dark chocolate and cherry chunk cookie and buy all of their pastries!”

And so that’s what I did.

As you can see from the pictures above, Bourke Street Bakery is quite the hot spot. This tiny corner shop is stuffed with beautiful artisan breads, pastries and gourmet goods that keep its patrons hooked. There was a long queue of people when we arrived at 11am on a Saturday, and, seeing that all the seats are occupied, I was assigned the important task of snatching a table while my friends joined the queue for food.

The line moved rather quickly and we had our food in hands for about 5~10 minutes before a table cleared up. It was slightly awkward to stand there, plates in hand, and stare at other diners to figure out who will move out of their seats first. If you’d rather not wait for a table, you can choose to take everything to a nearby park for a picnic too.

Though I actually didn’t do exactly as my friend dictated (there wasn’t any dark chocolate and cherry chunk cookie that day!), we did start with a gorgeously flaky and fragrant Pork & Fennel Sausage Roll (4.50 AUD).

Here’s another version: Chicken, Corn & Coriander Sausage Roll (4.50 AUD).

Lemon & Thyme Chicken, Mustard Mayo, Pickled Cucumber & Endive (8 AUD) – now this is one solid chicken salad sandwich that I wouldn’t mind eating everyday for lunch.

Strawberry & Vanilla Crème Brûlée Tart (5 AUD) in the front, and Rhubarb & Almond Tart (4.50 AUD) at the back. The crème brûlée tart was amazing from head to toe: Crackling caramelized sugar, creamy brûlée, slightly tangy strawberry purée, and crusty buttery pastry…what an absolutely lovely ensemble. Rhubarb & almond tart was likewise a delight, especially for those who appreciate a bit of tanginess in their pastries.

Mixed Berry Muffin (4.50 AUD).

Latte (3 AUD).

Mocha (4 AUD).

What can I say about Bourke Street Bakery? Come early and eat everything. Even David Lebovitz was wowed, so no, you really can’t afford to miss this place.

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June 5th, 2012 at 9:17 pm