I don’t usually get invitations from PR companies to venues on Saturdays. Usually for cafes this means they are at their peak with no room or time for foodie freaks. Well the BAKE BAR venue at Double Bay was at its peak, it was packed to the rafters with people waiting for tables and the lovely venue still wanted to put up with myself and foodie partner @threespoonsfull. I have rarely seen a venue this packed to the rafters, and it was a thing to see, the venue never dropped a beat. The service was exemplary and the place ran like the most perfectly oiled machine I have ever visited.
BAKE BAR VENUE:
BAKE BAR operates three venues, I have only been to Double Bay so far, their other venues are in Randwick and Alexandria. This venue is located in Kiaora Lane, which runs parallel to New South Head Rd behind Woolies in Double Bay. The venue has oodles of seating inside and outside. Most of it is covered so you will be pretty safe outside on a rainy day. If you like it quiet this place won’t be for you, it is bustling and non-stop. But everyone keeps to themselves, enjoying their morning fix.
BAKE BAR BAKING:
BAKE BAR has open bakeries so you can see everything being made all day long. This also adds a nice smell to the place that changes and is ongoing all day long from 6 – 6 7days 365days (surely they close for Xmas?). They try and source everything fresh and local. Where possible everything is organic and they do not believe in preservatives so if it can be made without then it is. “Their director/head baker Gili Gold has dedicated her life to perfecting her craft and she has become one of the most innovative artisan bakers in Australia.” The baked goods really are that good.
There are so many baked goods I couldn’t get around to see them all due to it being so busy. The pastries, Danishes, breads, cakes and so on were all insanely gorgeous. I would have killed for the bagel and the below cinnamon snail for takeaway, alas they gave us a giant smoothie each in takeaway cups that I just couldn’t finish. But I love the place so will return for more, perhaps at the other stores.
The breakfast menu is mostly ONLY dine in – Mon to Fri until 12pm and Sat/ Sun until 2pm. Their lunch menu kicks in at 12pm every day. The lunch menu looks good. A lot of healthy sounding dishes and a few burgers that sound awesome – the buns will be perfect. But we were there for brekky and brekky we got, they were happy for us to be incapable of walking when we finished gorging. We asked them to order for us, the wait-person was excited to be able to choose for us. She picked some fantastic food.
We kicked off with the Bake Bar Benedict. It usually comes with salmon but we swapped it out for bacon because it’s how Laarni and I like to roll. The Benny consisted of an organic soft roll, avocado smash, spinach, poached eggs and topped with hollandaise. It was light, fresh and exactly what I would want from a Benny.
This was actually my favourite dish. I would never normally order a bruschetta, the ingredients always fall of the bread and it pisses me off. But the Bake Bar Avocado and Cherry Tomato Bruschetta survived until it’s demise in my belly. This light and delicious bruschetta consisted of smashed avocado, cherry tomatoes, feta, kalamata olives, zatar herbs and lemon wedges. The bread was fresh and complimented the additions more than I could imagine and the olives gave nice saltiness. It was perfect.
BAKE BAR offers three different Shakshukas, a standard, a green and a chorizo. I think you can guess which one we ordered. CHORIZO!! Believe it or not the photo above has been desaturated in colour slightly – it was way too bright and red haha. I enjoyed the shakshuka but out of all of the meals it was my least favourite, still perfectly fine but the rest were better.
We were feeling pretty stuffed at this stage and the sun was coming through the gap in our brolly and it was getting hot. But the waitress said she had some treats we would love and love we did. Both these dessert like pastries were next level awesome. They were both so different and so perfect I could not pick a favourite of the two. In the words of the little El Paso sage “why can’t we have both!’
The above was a organic cherry custard tart with fresh blueberries and pistachios – it was not too sweet and perfectly delectable – I would return for it alone. Then was the below – and boy was happy when Laarni said she wouldn’t eat anymore. The chocolate mousse tart was just sublime. A soft ganache-like mousse that needs to be devoured to be be believed.
BAKE BAR is definitely one of the best bakery cafes in Sydney. Its goods are phenomenal and they get bonus love from me because of their use of organics and no preservatives, something we ALL NEED TO EMBRACE. The only thing that failed to impress was the shakshuka but they appear to be everywhere these days and I am not hugely drawn to tomato based dishes. Besides the food, the location, and the incredible baked goods a true highlight of this place was their service. Any venue would struggle under how busy it was however the BAKE BAR staff appeared to thrive.
Special thanks to Wasamedia for this invitation.
SCORE BREAKDOWN: 3/3 food, 2/2 service, 1/1 drinks, 1/1 venue & ambience, 1/1 cost, 1/1 toilets and 1/1 bonus
Bake Bar Deets:
PH: (02) 9328 3213
7 DAYS/365 DAYS: 6am to 6pm
LOCAL DELIVERY: No
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Yes
GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS: Yes
KID FRIENDLY: Yes
*** JK (and any guests of Spooning Australia) were invited guests of the establishment. However, as always, if it was shite I would happily tell you as such.