The September issue of Time Out Sydney
is now out with my latest Food & Drink column highlighting Sea Sweet Patisserie
It was Fouad from The Food Blog
who first put me onto this suburban gem, just one stop on a delicious fooding day out. He had told me about a Lebanese breakfast that involved cheese in a bun that was drowned in syrup. My first question was where, and quickly followed by when.
Fouad's deep-seated affection for Sea Sweet is a result of his childhood memories frequenting the same shop in Lebanon, which began in Beirut and now numbers ten branches. The Parramatta store is its first international foray.
You'll find a huge range of Middle Eastern sweet here, and, most impressively, everything is clearly labelled with names and a brief description of the ingredients. This takes a lot of guesswork out of ordering, although at the same time, it makes it so much harder to choose!
By the time we'd left, I already knew I'd be returning to research a piece for Time Out Sydney. This kind of sugar paradise is too good to keep to myself!
Sea Sweet Patisserie
WHAT IS IT?
A patisserie serving European and Middle Eastern sweets.
WHAT'S IT LIKE?
The shop is split in two with European desserts on the left, Middle Eastern sweets and biscuits on the right.
WHAT SHOULD I ORDER?
Knefe cheese ($13.90 eat in/$7.90 takeaway) is a cheeseburger made for sweet tooths. Take one ka'ak sesame bun, slick the insides with syrup and then sandwich around a generous square of creamy knefe cheese coated with semolina. A quick grill results in a toasted sesame bun with a stretchy-sweet core of syrupy molten cheese.
Semolina-encrusted knefe cheese inside the bun
Kashta (thick clotted cream) is celebrated here in an endless choice of desserts. Sea Sweet might be the only place in Sydney to serve kashta ice cream ($14.90). Otherwise go all the way and order the Beirut Delight ($14.90), an island of pure kashta cream smothered with honey and a tumble of crushed pistachios. You'll also find kashta on top of the fruit cocktail ($14.90), a refreshing fruit salad piled in a parfait glass atop a bed of smooth avocado puree.
Kashta ice cream $14.90
Fruit cocktail $14.90
Strawberry, mango, pineapple, banana, kiwi fruit and sweet avocado puree
topped with honey, pistachio, almonds and kashta
Pistachios and kashta on top of the fruit cocktail
DOES EVERYTHING COME WITH KASHTA?
No. Chocolate baklava is a modern twist on a traditional favourite, with chocolate-flavoured filo pastry drizzled with stripes of chocolate icing. Also grab half a kilo of baklava take away for $13.90 - by the time you get home you should be ready for more.
Bite-sized cashew and pine nut-filled baklava known as lady's fingers
A layered pistachio centre with a light coloured string outer
A walnut-centred delight with rosewater scent
Semolina and almond traditional favourite
Sugar syrup and menu on the dine-in table
Znoud el set $2.90 per piece takeaway
Date-filled ball rolled in sesame seeds
A pistachio-encrusted shortbread with a date centre
Baba au Rhum $5.20 takeaway
Sweet-syrup infused sponge with pineapple centre and topped with fresh cream
Sea Sweet Patisserie
4/354 Church Street, Parramatta, Sydney
Tel: 1300 90 80 70
Sunday to Thursday 8.30am-11pm
Friday and Saturday 8.30am-1am
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Parramatta - Temasek (Jan09) and (May08)
Granville - El Jannah
Baklava - El Bahsa Sweets, Bankstown
Baklava - Rabieh, Punchbowl (Aug07) and (Feb05)
Baklava - Sabbagh Patissery, Greenacre
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Balkan Oven, Rockdale
Durban Dish, Baulkham Hills
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Hijazi's Falafel, Arncliffe (Lebanese breakfast)
Island Dreams Cafe, Lakemba (Christmas Islands cuisine)
La Paula, Fairfield (Chilean empanadas, lomitos and sweets)
Sizzling Fillo, Lidcombe (Filipino pork hock crackling)
Tuong Lai, Cabramatta (Vietnamese sugar cane prawns)