Sunday, 4 September 2016

Bake Bar, Double Bay

I venture out on a Saturday arvo to try Bake Bar’s cafe at Double Bay. I can't tell who's more hungry, me or my other half (DT)?

It was absolutely bustling at 2pm when we arrived, with Bake Bar prominently the busiest amongst all the cafes on Kiaora Lane. We have a look at the menu and the food is noticeably value for money prices for this side of town. Luckily the tables change frequently and we are seated within 2 minutes of arriving.

Ordering food is at the counter which is probably a good thing. Bake Bar delivers in terms of their wide range of freshly baked artisan savoury and sweet goods which you’ll want to ogle at first before deciding as everything looks amazing!

Bake Bar’s co-founders includes master baker Gili Gold, and you can truly appreciate her passion and attention to detail in the baked goods.

We start with a regular soy chai latte ($4.10, below) and large cappuccino ($4.30, below) with beans from Gusto coffee. Coffee was solid and with speedy service too.

Chorizo Shakshuka baked eggs (15.90, top photo, below right) – For breakfast we had a large baked eggs pan packed with pieces of chorizo, several eggs and a homemade tomato salsa which brought a freshness and zing to the palate.

Prawn Linguine ($19.50, above) – From the lunch menu, this was generous amount of prawns and al dente linguine cooked just the way we like it. Flavour-wise it needed a touch more flavour like chilli flakes on the side, though overall great value for lunch.

Baked Treats
These weren’t too big thus we were able to enjoy a couple of baked treats as well as our main meal.

Mango and coconut tart - $4.50 – Velvety smooth cream with a crispy thin biscuit tart topped with toasted coconut flakes. Highly recommend.

Spinach and feta pastry $2 each – Warmed up these treats were melt-in-your-mouth with fluffy buttery pastry and tasty fillings. We were told these were one of their most popular baked goods, having done a second batch as they’d sold out halfway through the day. Also highly recommend.

Bake bar also sell a range of freshly made pastries so you can serve fresh from your own oven which is a great idea.

Modern and laid back café vibe with speedy service which is welcoming, without being intimidating.

The layout was spacious, with a variety of seating including alfresco dining for pet owners and pram pushers, communal dining tables inside, and funky bar stools for couples to watch the barista in action.

Highlights: The sheer range of baked treats, as well as the quality and value for money for Double Bay was a standout.
Price: About $25pp (coffee, food and baked treat)
Location: 451 New South Head Road, Double Bay. Amongst the cafes on the corner of Kiaora Lane.
3 Bake Bar cafes at Randwick (original), Alexandria and Double Bay.
Opening Hours: 6am to 6pm Mon to Sun, all year round.
Summary: Buzzing and sophisticated café for freshly baked goods, a quick coffee, brunch or lunch.

This blog post was contributed by Mel and DT. Weekend Food Escapes dined as guests of Bake Bar. All words, opinions and photos are our own.
Bake Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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