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Last week Good Living reported on Iggy’s bakery – it was a wonderful, inspirational story about a family of bakers who have had great success in Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA) and have now moved to Sydney and opened a new bakery.  I’d recommend visting their USA website, clicking on “US” then “History” to see the background of the lovely Ludmilla and Igor and their successful business.  The website, incidentally, is a nice looking site, and it’s interesting to compare with Brasserie Bread’s very informative and well presented site, here.

Today I paid a quick visit to Iggy’s Bakery in Bronte.  It’s in the old Hanks Jam premises on Belgrave St, across the road from the lovely Favoloso Cafe (worthy of a seaprate blog post – note to self 🙂  I was served by a friendly chap named Ivan, who apparently had only arrived from Boston yesterday.  He’s a family friend and very knowledgeable about Iggy’s bread.  I briefly met Iggy himself, a charming fellow, and his lovely wife Ludmilla, who was extremely warm, welcoming and I am sure Ludmilla, who takes care of the customer service side of the business whilst Iggy does the baking, is a big part of the reason for their success.   These people really care about people and their craft.

First of all, I tried the bagels – they were larger than the bagels I’m used to, from the popular Wellington Cake Shop.  The good news is they are excellent.  There were several varieties, including poppyseed and sesame seed – and they will definitely give the Wellington Cake Shop some healthy competition.  In fact, I think I prefer these bagels.  Ivan informed me they are steamed, not boiled, as Iggy does not believe in boiling bagels.  I will need to research further into that particular debate – suffice to say Iggy’s bagels wont disappoint.  Full of flavour with a rich, heavy consistency – they will be a welcome addition to breakfast tomorrow, toasted with some Plum jam.

Secondly, the sourdough bread – solid and heavy too with a lovely flavour, just delicious.  There were several sizes available in round loaves and a “ficelle” – from the French, meaning a half-baguette, very thin.

Iggy’s Bakery is a welcome addition to Sydney’s artisan bread-making community.

Iggy’s Down Under Pty Ltd

Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 8am-4pm
49 Belgrave St
Bronte, Sydney, NSW  2024
Phone: 02 9369 1650
USA Website
Link to Google Map

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G’day folks, Tony here, repoting on a one of the best value suburban Chinese BBQ restaurants I have come across.  I first heard about Cheung Sing Restaurant back in June 2008 after reading this SMH review.  Finally we stopped by to pick up some takeaway this week and we weren’t disappointed.

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G’day folks, Tony here with an excellent Thai takeaway experience had in Newtown.

 

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G’day folks, Tony here, back again to talk about a recent dinner had at this restauarant/pub in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.  Excellent food and service, especially considering it was a busy Thursday night and we were a group of 12 diners celebrating a birthday.

 

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Hey there, Tony here, just enjoyed a Father’s Day breakfast at this Coogee beach institution.  Breakfast here done well.

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G’day folks, Tony here reporting on another quality Italian meal in Sydney.  I recently celebrated my anniversary over dinner at Haberfield’s Dolcissimo Restaurant.  Well, I was not disappointed.  I couldn’t help myself by reading a few Eatability reviews prior to dining there, so it was with mixed emotions that I commenced the evening, as some of the reviewers weren’t too happy with the service, some even unhappy with the food.

As far as I’m concerned, it was a perfect dinner.  Coming in at around $70 for two plus wine (licensed and BYO), it was exceptional value too.  In some Sydney city-east and eastern suburbs equivalent restaurants you’d pay 50% more at least, and likely for poorer quality food.

So what did we eat.  For starters, how about home-made whitebait fritters, and classic penne carbonara.  The fritters were so light they melted in your mouth, complemented by a green salad and mayonnaise.  Just delicious.  The carbonara was rich, creamy, and balanced – not gluggy nor too sweet – with the pasta cooked perfectly, retaining a slight bite to it (al dente)

Whitebait Fritters
Whitebait Fritters
Penne Carbonara
Penne Carbonara

For “Secondi” we enjoyed the Gamberi pizza, complemented with a rocket and parmesan salad.  Sublimely good pizza.  Thin crust, simply done with large fresh prawns, garlic and chilli, with mozzarella cheese lightly seasoned with chopped parsley.  One of the nicest pizzas I’ve ever had.

Gamberi Pizza - Prawns, Garlic, Chilli, Mozzarella
Gamberi Pizza – Prawns, Garlic, Chilli, Mozzarella

For “Dolci” we enjoyed a made to order Cannoli – sweet ricotta filled biscuit with crushed almonds.  We shared that – then each enjoyed some of the finest gelato in Sydney – pistachio, chocolate, vanilla, Zabaglione and coffee flavours.  These guys can justifiably say “Sydney’s finest Gelato” (no offence Ciccio, your gelato rocks, but this is very good)

Haberfield is a gem of a suburb spoilt for choice in Italian food and culture here in Sydney.   It’s so accessible now from the city and east via the Cross City Tunnel – about 25 minutes from the airport.  Earlier I blogged about Napoli in Bocca, just a few doors up from Dolcissimo.  Years ago I visited La Disfida and I noticed it too is still busy so I hope to get back there soon too.  To have 3 top Italian restaurants all busy in one small neighbourhood, really says something about the quality and value to be found.  Happy Haberfield Eating all!

Dolcissimo
96-98 Ramsay Street Haberfield (corner Dalhousie Street), +61 2 9716 4444
http://www.dolcissimo.com.au/
Link to Google Map

G’day folks, Tony here to report that a favourite pizzeria of mine is better than ever.  15mins west of Sydney’s CBD (Anzac Bridge – City West Link) is the incredible suburb of Haberfield.   Haberfield was one of Sydney’s first “1/4 acre block” suburbs settled just after Federation in 1901.  Today it has a strong Italian community supported by cafes, restaurants and quality produce in the local commercial precinct around Ramsay St.

Last night we picked up a takeway pizza from Napoli in Bocca restaurant – the Caprese pizza.  This is so simple – Bocconcini cheese, tomoto and basil leaves.  Thin crust cooked to perfection.  It was delicious.  Here’s how it looks (with thanks to the SMH article here.

Caprese Pizza - Napoli in Bocca Restaurant, Haberfield

We also picked up a spaghetti bolognese and this was perfect – the pasta cooked “al dente”, and the sauce rich with tomato. 

Not surprisingly the restaurant was as usual completely packed – with whole families on long tables down to intimate tables for two.  The atmosphere is amazing here, and the service fast and friendly.

We’ll defnitely be back as soon as we can.

Napoli in Bocca Restaurant
73 Dalhousie Street
Haberfield, Sydney, NSW  2045
P: +61 2 9798 4096
Link to Google Map