After a big night out last night Gavin & I woke up this morning surprised that neither of us had much of a hangover. Considering we were drinking straight chartreuse, copious amounts of cocktails and lots of beer until 4am we were pretty chuffed with ourselves. In celebration of our new found alcohol tolerance and the fact that it was the first sunny day in two weeks, we decided to take a leisurely stroll down the road to Bourke Street Bakery.
As you approach the bakery in the relatively quiet street the first thing you notice is the queue. We were lucky & arrived at a time (about 10.45am) when there were only 2 or 3 people ahead of us. However, a moment later a large line erupted behind us. If you go, be prepared to wait. But I promise you, its soooo worth it! The front windows hold bundles of fresh bread, pastries, croissants and pain au chocolat. It's hard not to just stand and stare at the carby deliciousness in front of you.
Once inside, you realise its barely bigger than most people's bathrooms. The blackboards hold the hot food and sandwich prices and the display cabinet infront of you is filled to the brim with sweet and savoury goods all at reasonable prices.
First to be devoured was the Pork & Fennel Seed Sausage Roll ($4.50). The outside pastry is magnificent, flaky and flavoursome. The innards contain pork mince, carrots, fennel seeds and more. It has a reasonably strong fennel flavour and was pure magic. Even though it was pretty filling, I could have eaten about 5 of these (but I didn't, because I'm the picture of self control haha) as they were completely moreish.
I'm not usually a big rhubarb fan but Gavin was raving about his Rhubarb Danish ($4.00) as he ate it so I ventured a bite. The pastry was lovely and sweet and the rhubarb tender with a great balance of sweet and tart. As it was covered in icing sugar, we both ended up with the white dust all over ourselves much to our enjoyment.
Last was the amazingly delicious Strawberry & Vanilla Brulee Tart ($4.50). OMG. I could marry this tart. The top had that fantastic brulee crunch, the innards were custardy and at the very bottom strawberry deliciousness oozed out. Eating this Tart is my version of being in heaven!
Bourke Street Bakery is a MUST for the Sydney City locals & I suggest you all go there RIGHT NOW... or whenever... but make sure you check it out when you're in the neighbourhood!
x Sunny x
PS. Pictures (all bar Rhubarb) were sourced from: 1, 2, 3, 4 as my phone (currently acting as a camera) died!