Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Central Baking Depot

Such a low key name for such a brilliant entity. The team from Bourke Street Bakery finally plugs a gourmet hole in the Swiss cheese foodscape that plagues Sydney CBD. Pick up fresh sourdoughs and other loaves, baked in house to take home to the wife and kids. At lunch, the beef pie is divine, with real chunks in a nice peppery gravy captured within pastry that could end wars between estranged lovers. The same pastry is used to construct its signature sausage rolls. Beef and chilli bean has a Mexican feel, and seems catered to the western folk that will cry cry if it’s too spicy. Excellence is the lamb, harissa and almond and chicken and fennel options. Won’t recommend the sandwiches, pre-packaged, poor meat to carb ratio, a little cold (it has to be fridged after all) and generally unsatisfying. The pizzas simply brilliant, served toasted warm, my favourite the eggplant, olive and stracchino. Plenty of sweets too, a range of cakes, tarts and of course all extremely gourmet. Cupid must have struck, in love with the dark chocolate and raspberry muffin and gets my repeat custom. Besides the trek required to reach the holy grail of bakeries and the masses which prevent you from reaching the counter quicker, it’s difficult to find a flaw.

4 / 5 yums!
Where? 37-39 Erskine St, Sydney, NSW
What? Under $5

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