Friday, 20 July 2007


Had it not been for a young man’s childish act, that is to throw a rock at another boy’s face, I may never have come across this classic French bakery in the heart of Balmain. A bakehouse of love it is, everything is made with TLC. Also stocking a fine selection of cheeses and other gourmet tidbits, it’s Victoire’s display at the front window that stops people in their tracks. I think more drainage outside the shop is needed to direct the drool away. The tart is a not so naughty combination of sweet from the apple and grains of sugar scattered on top and rhubarb tartness. Soft slices of pear are encased in a rich, buttery, crusty pastry excite and warm up the palate for the main attraction. It’s a crème brulee that’s a must have. Only 20 odd made a day, the quality custard is soft, rich, and creamy, with an exquisite vanilla essence, topped with a layer of hard caramel. Boys will be boys, and thank goodness.

3 / 5 yums!


Where? 285 Darling Street, Balmain

What? Average item $5

Left to Right : Apple and Rhubarb Tart, Crème Brulee, Pear cake

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