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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Bourke Street Bakery, Broadway

Olive, rosemary and salt crust flatbread

EDIT: Bourke Street Bakery on Broadway has closed

There is something to be said for good quality baked bread.

Something like ngh mrph nj mmnh *ahhhh*

Or perhaps just a simple "More".

At the moment I'm in the middle of reading Not On The Label by Felicity Lawrence, and the chapter on commercial breads has me craving the nourishing satisfaction of lovingly proved and nurtured real bread.

Thank goodness for places like Bourke Street Bakery, which not only satiate all your authentic sourdough cravings, but all your sugar requirements as well.

The ever-popular Surry Hills bakery has just opened another branch on Broadway. Unfortunately major Council works have ripped up the foothpath out the front, so much so that the other day I actually walked straight past it on my way there!

We've popped in here a couple of times during its opening month of trade. The heavy drone of trundling traffic doesn't add much atmosphere so we grabbed our goods takeaway for an impromptu picnic in the greenery of Victoria Park.

Chorizo and thyme roll $2.50

The chorizo and thyme roll was a little lacking in chorizo (about one slice cut into tiny pieces) but that's okay, because I was happily nursing my purchase, the olive flatbread.

Olive, rosemary and salt crust flatbread $3.50

The olive flatbread is giant-sized (see the first pic of this post) and an absolute bargain at $3.50. The bottom is crispy like a deep-pan pizza, the bread is soft but chewy, and the top is smothered in good-quality salty kalamatas and garnished with aromatic rosemary tinsel.

Apple and oat sourdough $5.00

Apple and oat sourdough cross-section

The apple and oat sourdough is reassuringly heavy with a lovely crust and a fluffy interior. We had a few slices plain and the sensation was a little like eating a healthy apple pie. A generous dousing of cinnamon was what I really wanted. And maybe a scoop or two of vanilla bean ice cream.

We also tried this toasted the next day slathered with butter which was delicious.

Good both ways. The only fatal flaw is getting your clothes snowed on by the dusting of flour.

Pear tart $3.50

I didn't choose the pear tart. It looked a little almondy for me, and it was (to the immense disappointment of the purchaser). I didn't try this but it was like a tart shell with almond-meal cake and a few slices of pear.

Pistachio and ginger brulee tart $3.50

Instead I chose the pistachio and ginger brulee tart which was a real hit *gloat gloat*

Pistachio and ginger brulee tart cross-section

There aren't enough superlatives for this little beauty. What can I say but buttery crisp pastry, rich eggy custard, generous chunks of pistachio and a satisfying crack of hardened toffee. The custard was imbued with heartwarming ginger. And it was real ginger. You could tell. *sigh*

I want to try every bread and pastry here but I have a feeling I'm going to be stuck on the olive flatbread and the pistachio tart. Poor me.

Bourke Street Bakery on Broadway CLOSED
130 Broadway, Sydney
(next to Kinko's printing services and opposite the turn-off for Mountain Street)
Tel: 02 9281 3113

Open: Tuesday to Friday, 7am-6pm
15 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Anonymous on 9/28/2005 11:59:00 pm


  • At 9/29/2005 5:17 pm, Blogger Reid said…

    Hi AG,

    OK. It really looks like you picked a winner there. I'm sure the pistachio and ginger tart was soooooo good! =P

  • At 9/29/2005 5:36 pm, Blogger tytty said…

    i cant say i loved everything i tried at surry hills' bourke street bakery, some i found too sweet for my liking and some just didn't excite me.

    but still i think there must be some good stuff yet to be discovered, and the last purchase was indeed exciting .. the blackberry and walnut bread .. the walnuts went perfect with the berries and the bread had a smokey flavour to it .. recommended!

  • At 9/29/2005 9:16 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    awww you beat me to the post! was gonna post about it, have been finding every opportunity to walk by just so that i can pop in to buy something.. i love the ginger+pistachio creme brulee tart too! lovelovelovelovelove it :p

  • At 9/30/2005 9:20 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    AG, where on Broadway is this?

  • At 9/30/2005 9:06 pm, Blogger R said…

    Oh you!

    It is an awesome bakery, and as for the comment I just read by Tian - Too sweet??? There is no such thing!

    Excellent blog spot. Pity that they don't have space for tables etc. Great spot for breakfast.

  • At 10/02/2005 11:20 am, Blogger deborah said…

    mmmm yes the ginger and pistachio brulee tart is delicious. i can only eat it in half sessions though... or maybe it is my sub conscious pro-longing the ginger glory :)

  • At 5/06/2008 10:10 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I go to the Broadway store every day. It is crazy delicious.

    If you ever get the chance, try the pumpkin and speck soup with ricotta, parmesan and tarragon dumplings. It is pure heaven.


  • At 5/14/2008 10:53 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi AC - I haven't been to BSB in a while but that pumpkin soup sounds amazing!

  • At 7/03/2009 8:39 am, Blogger novice said…

    I am just to Sad, We just moved to broadway and the bakery has shut down! Please Please Please reopen in Broadway dont go any where else Notre Dame be buggered for the greater good HA! not mine

  • At 7/03/2009 8:47 am, Blogger novice said…

    Please Come Back to Broadwayxxxxx

  • At 7/08/2009 8:45 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Rosanna - It was sad news indeed to hear that Bourke St would be closing. Hopefully they will find another location nearby?

  • At 7/09/2009 10:53 am, Blogger Marianne said…

    It is tragic that Bourke Street Bakery has had to close due to faceless corporations bulldozing over small thriving local businesses. We who live in Chippendale are devastated and angry that this could be allowed to happen. For who's Greater Good? Not the hundreds of people who loved this lovely little bakery, and who WANT IT BACK!!!

  • At 7/13/2009 11:03 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Marianne - Hopefully local support will bring another bakery to the area. It is a shame when loved businesses are forced out, but hopefully Bourke Street will find another site nearby?

  • At 3/05/2010 9:22 pm, Anonymous PastryPrincess said…

    ive neber been to the one on broadway as its closed now but i went to the actual one on bourke street the other week. what a lovely little corner shop! the breads do look gorgeous and my chocolate tarte was nice too. nothing special though and the sourdough bread i bought was kind of a disappointment and not what i expected. my friends olive rosemary brad was heavenly though! ;) maybe this little gem is a wee bit over-rated in general. back to basics and its all good. :)

  • At 3/16/2010 1:32 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi PastryPrincess - Sorry to hear you were disappointed by the experience.

    My favourite product of their entire range is their pistachio and ginger brulee tart. Others adore their pork and fennel or lamb and harissa sausages rolls. Glad to hear your friend's rosemary olive and rosemary bread was a winner :)


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