Hey there, Tony here, back as promised with some places in Sydney’s South East I’d recommend. Firstly, the Cheese Room (see previous story) in Alexandria is going from strength to strength. This week a delicious salad of roquefort and walnut was on offer – which I haven’t tried (yet) but can’t wait. Around the corner is the delightful St Germaine Patisserie – just go for the pastries, in particular the croissant and pain au chocolat, but owner/chef Gwenael “Gwen” Lecampion produces quiches, cakes, and delicious savoury sandwiches on baguette bread. An oasis on a busy inner city road.
Head south on Botany Rd to Rosebery, left into Epson Rd and you will find Allpress Cafe. Allpress has proven itself as a stayer, having successfully traded on this spot for many years and just completed an exciting renovation. Always busy with a loyal friendly staff (Michael the barista is a lovely fellow, and his skills matched with Allpress’ roast is worth queing for) churning out coffee and sandwiches. The bread, baked down the road at Brasserie Bread in Banksmeadow (itself worth a visit – see below), is superb. There are numerous fillings matched with a variety of breads (sourdough styles mainly, all good) Like Tropicana, Allpress has great atmosphere and is worth a sit down lunch or breakfast.
Continuing on Botany Rd, south to Banksmeadow, there is another treat in store. Croquembouche Patisserie spoils locals with their classic French pastries. Arrive early morning for still-warm croissants and other baked items. Come for lunch and enjoy savoury crepes or be surprised with the soup of the day (classic French onion or potato and leek are two favourites) served with a bread roll. Arrive after work and pick up a whole cake. I have even seen duck pate, cassoulet ingredients and other savoury items available. For chocolate lovers I’d recommend the Dark Chocolate Truffle (chocolate mousse with roasted hazelnuts and dacquoise biscuit), available in single serve or whole cake. The fondant (chocolate cake without flour, covered with rich ganache cream) is a treat too. Their classic Mille Feuilles (layers of puff pastry with vanilla custard cream) runs out fast, so be quick.
Finally, my favourite cafe in the south-east of Sydney, Brasserie Bread. Why? Quality, Service, Passion. This artisan bread maker (who also supplies Allpress cafe, mentioned above) has shared the product from its wholesale bakery with the general public by opening a retail cafe out front. Overlooking Botany Golf Course, this place is a gem. I’d recommend the bacon and egg florentine panini or mushrooms and ricotta bruschetta for breakfast. For lunch there are Allpress-style sandwiches (all good) and the coffee (also Allpress) is excellent. They sell all the breads over the counter, including interesting olive oils and condiments. Don’t miss a visit here when you’re in the area. It’s no surprise to note that Brasserie Bread won the Sydney Morning Herad Good Food Guide Editors’ Favourite Cafe in 2006 Be sure to check out the cafe’s new website just launched in November 2007.
St Germaine Patisserie
88 Rosehill St
Redfern, Sydney, NSW, Australia
P: +61 2 9319 7161
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