Baker Street is another one of Sydney's classic hidden secrets. From the outside it looks like a simple coffee shop set-up in a converted terrace, but step inside and owner Juan Duret's display cabinet beckons with a raft of traditional Argentinian treats.
The cafe offers bacon and egg rolls, burgers and pies and is a popular haunt for local ABC workers and TAFE and uni students. There's seating indoors, including a spot in the outdoor courtyard, but on a warm day it's probably most pleasant out the front, sipping on a coffee and watching the world pass by.
Alfajores, empanadas and meat pies at Baker Street
Argentinian empanada $3.50
The empanadas are generous with meat, packed tightly into a crescent-shaped parcel of dough. The savoury mince is mixed with bits of olive, carrot and egg and isn't overly oily.
Salad sandwich $7
The salad sandwich is probably a little expensive for what it is: cheese, tomato, onion, carrot, lettuce and cucumber on a bread roll, especially given that you can order a chicken sandwich for the same price.
Burger with the lot $8
The burgers offer much better value. The burger with the lot is a hungry man's bounty: a teetering stack of beef patty, bacon, tomato, lettuce, cheese, onion, beetroot and fried egg. It's simple but hearty, and the patty looks and tastes homemade.
Chicken fiesta burger with salad
The chicken fiesta burger is also a winner, a flattened piece of breast fillet pan-fried and served on a roll with lettuce, onion, cheese, mayonnaise and avocado. The chicken is surprisingly juicy.
Chicken fiesta burger and chips $9
Alfajores and chocolate tart
It's hard to go past dessert, especially when there are so many temptations on offer. The bakery offers a mix of standard Western and Argentinian sweets but the lure of dulce de leche always wins out. This milk jam--made by heating sweetened milk until it caramelises--is spread, dolloped and piped on everything you can imagine.
We've tried the dulce de leche in tarts, in choux pastry eclairs and sandwiched between biscuits and rolled in coconut - a local favourite known as alfajores.
Lemon curd tart and coconut tart
And if caramel tarts don't take your fancy, there's always chocolate, lemon and coconut to keep your inner sweet tooth satisfied.
Don't forget you only have two days left to enter to win one of four boxes of mooncakes. The competition closes at 9.30pm on Tuesday 6 September so enter now!
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