Bourke Street Bakery – Life Changing Ginger Brulée Tart & Sausage Roll
[Sydney, Australia] It was a 20 minute or about 1 km plus walk up from the bottom of Surry Hills, but that did not deter our way to look for the must-visit Sydney’s Best Bakery – Bourke Street Bakery. (Read: 10 Cafes to try at Sydney’s Surry Hills)
There are few things I would describe as life-changing, and two items from the famed bakery would fit that bill – Ginger Brulée Tart and Pork & Fennel Sausage Roll.
A friend ‘ta-bao’ a few tarts at Hillsong Conference which I was attending. I took a bite, went “Oh wow!” and thought that could possibly be the most wonderful rustic tart I ever eaten.
Chef sum bakers Paul Allam and David McGuinness started this shop in 2004 and never looked back. Their artisanal breads, pastries and cakes have embezzled a cult following, also spinning off many recipes for their most recognised products.
The bakery café at Surry Hills is a small space, rather cramped on the inside, with a queue of 5-15pax all times around the corner. We were blessed enough to get one of those outdoor tables, enjoyed the breeze with delicious treats.
Here are 5 of the items you should order
1. Ginger Brulée Tart ($5.00)
2. Pork and Fennel Sausage Roll ($4.50)
3. Beef Brisket, Red Wine and Mushroom Pie ($5.50)
4. Lemon Curd Tart ($5.00)
5. Carrot Cake ($5.00)
Their legendary Ginger Brulée Tart had a firm tart shell, smooth and thick filling of subtle ginger twang that reminded me of Christmas, with a layer of crisp caramelised sugar topped with pistachio. It was magic. It was unbelievably good.
My first Pork and Fennel Sausage Roll was eaten hours later and cold, yet I thought it was a god-sent, literally. The minced pork filing pleasantly enhanced with funnel seas with buttery flaky pastry was utmostly delicious. Then, I went again to get my second.
“You know Daniel, I went to try almost all of your 11 Best Carrot Cake Dessert In Singapore, but sad to say, none is as good as this.” I had to agree with my friend Stephanie then.
The Beef Brisket Pie ($5.50), Lemon Curd Tart ($5.00 and Rhubard & Almond Tart ($5.00) each found a fan, with differing degrees of likes. Though the other items we tried such as the Croissant ($3.50), Pain au Chocolat ($4.00) and muffins were thought to be closer to ordinary.
A visit not to be missed if you are Sydney’s Surry Hills, worth making a detour to.
Bourke Street Bakery
633 Bourke Street Surry Hills
Tel: +02 9699 1011 (To order for same day collection from the Surry Hills bakery, you can call +02 9699 1011.)
Opening Hours: 7am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 7am – 5pm (Sat – Sun)
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