You might remember this post from last year where I ate my way around Sydney in 3 days with my Sydney-sider (still Brisbane at heart) friend Kristin. Last weekend, we repeated the food fest this time with the boys too. I have lots of food adventures to share from the weekend and the first stop, today’s post, comes from the Bourke Street Bakery.
Oh how I’ve heard good things about this bakery. It started before Kristin even told me about it when I heard tales of their amazing sourdough bread. Then, just a few months ago, they opened a branch within walking distance of her house and the tales of delicious sausage rolls and mouth-watering pastries started coming.
I left the itinerary for the weekend entirely to Kristin with just one request – a trip to Bourke Street Bakery. I was not disappointed!
We actually made two visits in the two days we were there, the first to sample a few loaves of bread for Saturday’s lunch.
After much deliberation we settled on a loaf of olive oil bread and a personal sourdough (for a giant!). We had a little grazing plate with olives from the markets and homemade pesto (thanks Dylan it was delicious!). I loved both the breads but I’d have to say the olive oil loaf won my heart. It was so soft and fluffy I could have eaten the whole loaf.
We also ‘had to have’ a chocolate cookie. It was rich and chocolatey with a few hidden tart little cranberries.
On Sunday it was back to Bourke Street Bakery this time for breakfast. We managed to grab a table outside on the pavement and perched on our little stools. It’s actually quite a nice spot outside. It’s in a dead end so you’re not put off by the constant stream of traffic thundering by, you’re just shaded by the beautiful big trees.
Kristin ordered her second favourite menu item (there were no almond croissants), the rhubarb and pear danish. She’s a regular here so knows the best things to get.
Given my recent obsession with berries I went for the mixed berry muffin. To be quite honest, it’s not the best muffin I’ve ever had. The top was nice and crunchy but the inside was very wet from all the berries. It was almost like it wasn’t quite cooked through. It’s probably the only thing I wouldn’t go back for though.
Animals seem to sense that I don’t particularly like them around me while I’m eating and so gravitate towards me. This dog wasn’t my only visitor that weekend. I know, he’s pretty cute. Don’t get me wrong, I do love animals just not when they’re rubbing their wet noses on me when I’m trying to eat. Does that make me evil?
I also ordered a serve of sourdough toast with homemade berry jam and ricotta. This was just delicious. I’d already sampled the bread the day before so knew it would be good but combined with the sweet but tart jam and ricotta it was the perfect breakfast toast.
You know I’m not a coffee drinker so I can’t comment but according to the coffee drinkers at the table, Bourke Street Bakery does good coffee.
The pan au chocolat had a good ratio of chocolate to pastry and was beautifully fresh.
I have heard rave reviews of their sausage rolls and I now know why. The buttery pastry just melts in your mouth and the fillings aren’t your average boring beef. The lamb was so tasty with a hint of spice. It was the perfect mid-morning treat.
I’d have to say, I’m rather jealous that there’s no Bourke Street Bakery up the road from me. It’s probably a good thing though.
What about you? Have you sampled anything from the Bourke Street Bakery.
Burke Street Bakery is located at 46A Macleay Street, Potts Point. It is open Monday to Friday 7am-5pm and Saturday & Sunday 8am-5pm.