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Friday, November 26, 2010

Luxe Bakery Cafe, Newtown

Ham and cheese crossiant

Man cannot live by bread alone, they say, but maybe they haven't yet been to Luxe.

Bright, airy and ever popular, Luxe Bakery Cafe is not quite when you expect when you step through the doors of this former five bedroom cottage. Co-owners Jonathan Harvey, Simon Cancio and Tony Leibowitz gutted the building to create this buzzy cafe packed with loaves of fresh sourdough baked on-site, filled baguette ready to takeaway, and a display cabinet groaning with cakes and pastries.

Chorizo and caramelised onion muffins

Roast chicken baguettes

Tomato, basil, asiago cheese and grilled eggplant sandwiches

Flat white $3.30

Although Newtown coffee stalwart Campos is literally next door, there's no shortage of caffeine addicts lined up before the barista here. Luxe uses Single Origin beans and the barista works non-stop throughout today's weekday lunch service.

Roast chicken baguette

The roast chicken baguette arrives cut in half, and served with a couple of olives on the side. Each half is the size of a small submarine, the baguette blessed with a chewy crust and a dense but fluffy interior. The chicken is fresh, chunky and generous.

Tomato, basil, asiago cheese and grilled eggplant sandwich $9.50

Asiago cheese is like an old matriarch that binds this Italian-inspired sandwich together, the sharp and crumbly cheese working majestically with yielding slices of grilled eggplant, fresh basil and brilliant red tomato slices. The tomato is noticeably sweet, and the soy linseed bread makes its presence known, too, in both flavour and texture.

Sweet potato and chickpea salad $12
with coriander, tahini, yoghurt, rocket, shallot and pomegranate molasses

Two floor-to-ceiling blackboards list the breakfast and lunch options. Sweet potato and chickpea salad is a nourishing combination of roasted sweet potato, baby spinach leaves and tender chickpeas drizzled with creamy yoghurt and a trail of zingy pomegranate molasses.

Flourless orange cake

We can't leave without a few desserts. The flourless orange cake is a compact package that is moist and concentrated with citrus.

Custard tart $4.50

The custard tart has the reassuring appearance and taste of genuine custard, dusted generously with nutmeg and baked in a crisp pastry shell.

I pick up a loaf of soy and linseed sourdough to take home - it makes an amazing sandwich and toasts well for breakfast. Perhaps man cannot live on bread alone, but I reckon this woman could!

Belgium dark chocolate and oat chewy biscuits

Carrot cake

Almond tart

Custard tart

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Luxe Bakery Cafe
195 Missenden Road, Newtown, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 8084 1775

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 7am-4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am-4.30pm

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22 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 11/26/2010 06:02:00 am


  • At 11/26/2010 6:40 am, Blogger Gourmet Getaway said…

    Ohh!! I shouldn't read food blogs before breakfast! That all looks so yummy, and I bet it smells amazing as you walk through the doors. (Now I am just torturing myself imaging...)

    I loved the look of the sweet potato and chick pea salad!

  • At 11/26/2010 9:17 am, Blogger Fouad @ The Food Blog said…

    Hehehe Helen! Man cannot live by bread alone! Jesus said that, and I'm pretty sure that yes, you're right, he hasn't been to Luxe.

    I love that cafe. It's fantastic. The cheese and ham croissant is one of my favourites. When Lainy gave birth in the RPAH I was ferrying Luxe breakfasts to her. Really good. A bit on the pricy end of town for Newtown but really good.

  • At 11/26/2010 9:48 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    heh i totes could live on bread. oh and cheese. i really want to try asiago cheese now!

  • At 11/26/2010 9:51 am, Blogger Anna said…

    I've been meaning to go to Luxe for ages but jut haven't got around to it! Looks utterly scrumptious :) Mmmmm.... baked goodness

  • At 11/26/2010 10:26 am, Anonymous vxdollface said…

    Gosh everything looks so good! Now I'm craving for a ham & cheese croissant :P mm.. buttery and cheesy goodness

  • At 11/26/2010 10:57 am, Blogger Mel said…

    Oooo - I went here quite a few months ago and it didn't look nearly as good as your post. I'm going to give it another whirl on Wednesday when I'm in Newtown...and I already know what I'm having - Chorizo and caramelised onion muffins!

  • At 11/26/2010 12:53 pm, Anonymous betty said…

    everything looks scrumptious!

  • At 11/26/2010 2:01 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow, everything looks so good. I can almost smell the warm bread and melted cheese...

  • At 11/26/2010 2:59 pm, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Hmm. Can someone remind me again why Wonder White and mass-market fluoro-yellow custard tarts exist?

    Sigh. And yet those are what I have access to...

  • At 11/26/2010 4:30 pm, Blogger GenerationFood said…

    OMG! Chorizo muffin?! That's different. I love chorizo - I think I might have to take a trip down to Luxe Bakery Cafe...

  • At 11/26/2010 4:56 pm, Anonymous Honey @ honeyandsoy said…

    I swear my tummy rumbled when I saw those ham and cheese croissants! And I swear by Campos, so I'm interested to see how Luxe compares. How adorable are the food tags too?!

  • At 11/26/2010 5:59 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    You must try the breakfasts there...divine! Definitely a fave place for RPA staff post-night shift for their super creamy scrambled eggs. Personally, I think their coffee is better than Campos and you don't spend your morning tea break waiting in line for coffee ;-)

  • At 11/28/2010 7:00 am, Anonymous Tina said…

    With these treats, i can live on bread heaven, alone.

  • At 11/28/2010 8:34 pm, Anonymous guumi baby said…

    There aren't many times when I can say I honestly liked everything in a review but this may be the exception. The savouries looked delicious, specially the chorizo muffin (who would have thought but then why not?) and I love the sound of the oat & dark chocolate cookie. Carrot cake is a bit of a favourite and I could go on and on. Shame that it's so far away from me. Sigh!

  • At 11/28/2010 11:04 pm, Anonymous thang@noodlies said…

    We went here by chance when we were waiting for dad's specialist and they were sooo sweet to him, looked after the old man so well... i've loved them ever since.

  • At 11/29/2010 8:23 am, Anonymous Tina@foodboozeshoes said…

    How sensational do the baguettes look?!?

  • At 11/29/2010 12:55 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm visiting Sydney in a fortnight, I probably would have gone to Burke St bakery but now I have a new place to try. Thanks!

  • At 11/29/2010 9:01 pm, Blogger Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! said…

    One of the many places I need to tick off my to visit list. And I can live on bread alone! Give me a good loaf and a bit of good quality butter and I'll be happy =)

  • At 11/29/2010 10:52 pm, Anonymous Chris said…

    The muffins and baguettes look heavenly. I guess I'll drop by that nook when I got to visit Sydney soon. Your photos made me hungrier.

  • At 11/30/2010 10:12 am, Blogger susan said…

    nothing beats a good sandwich with great bread. I wish I worked near a place that had great sandwiches like that.

  • At 12/04/2010 12:27 am, Anonymous divemummy said…

    for someone who is not normally a fan of sandwiches this place certainly looks enticing. How kid-friendly is it?

  • At 12/04/2010 6:25 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Leanne - Great to hear it's fuelling RPA staff well. Thanks for the tip on the scrambled eggs :)

    Hi Callum - Make sure you do both!

    Hi divemummy - It's quite a large cafe and the tables aren't too crowded. Should be fine for kids :)


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