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Monday, November 05, 2012

Sugarloaf Patisserie, Kogarah

sandwiches de miga triple layer sandwiches at sugarloaf patisserie kogarah

If you were one of those kids who never ate their crusts, this is the sandwich for you. Sandwiches de miga (miga means crumb, ie. the part without the crust) are triple-decker crustless sandwiches, popular across South America, especially Argentina.

You'll find them at Sugarloaf Patisserie, a haven of empanadas, churros and dulce de leche sweets. The triple layer sandwiches ($5.50) are in the display cabinet, planks of soft white bread already made up with fillings and wrapped in cling film. The corner patisserie does a strong trade in takeaway but there are about half a dozen tables scattered inside or on the footpath for eat-in customers. They’ll put your order on a plate, but it’s DIY cutlery and napkins from a table on the side.

meat and olive empanada at sugarloaf patisserie kogarah
Meat and olive empanada $4

Lunchtimes are busiest, and there’s a reassuring number of South Americans getting their empanada fix. The meat and olive empanadas are one of their biggest sellers, a hefty pocket of mince, egg and olive wrapped up in pastry. Behind the counter are wire racks stacked with medialunas, the South American version of the croissant commonly eaten for breakfast.

cheese and spinach empanada at sugarloaf patisserie kogarah
Cheese and spinach empanada $2.60

custard croissant at sugarloaf patisserie kogarah
Medialunas with custard $1.50

meat empanada at sugarloaf patisserie kogarah
Meat empanada $2.60

To make the triple layer sandwiches, the slices of bread are super-sized, made from a special loaf of soft white bread cut lengthwise. The crusts are cut off then the bread is buttered and assembled in a towering triple decker sambo of your childhood dreams.

Miga sandwiches come in a variety of choices but cheese is the key ingredient in all of them. A limited menu of ham, tomato or salami is offered on weekdays but come the weekend it’s party time with tuna, chicken, corn and egg added to the list. You can eat them fresh as is, but really, you need to have this toasted so the cheese melts into an oozing goo.

chorizo with chimmichurri and salsa at sugarloaf patisserie kogarah
Chorizo with chimmichurri and salsa $6.50 (Saturdays 10am-1pm)

churros at sugarloaf patisserie kogarah
Churros $1.20

It’s hard to resist the trays of churros, deep-fried doughnuts stacked like miniature logs of wood on top of the counter, glistening with sugar crystals. Scoff them plain or dip them in a pot of chocolate or caramel sauce ($5.50 including two plain churros) but we say go the full monty and get the caramel churros that are piped with a sticky filling of thick sweet dulce de leche caramel.

churros with dulce de leche at sugarloaf patisserie kogarah
Plain churros $1.20 and churros with dulce de leche $1.60 each

vanilla slice at sugarloaf patisserie kogarah
Vanilla slice $3.80

If you’ve still got room in the tank, get into an old school vanilla slice with layers of flaky pastry, a cloud of vanilla custard and chocolate-streaked icing on top.

sugarloaf patisserie kogarah

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Sugarloaf Patisserie
37 President Avenue, Kogarah, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9553 4933

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 6am-5.30pm
Sunday 6am-4pm

This article appeared in the October 2012 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This! [Read online

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21 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 11/05/2012 12:33:00 am


  • At 11/05/2012 4:38 am, Blogger Sherrie @ Crystal Noir said…

    I'm just seeing churros everywhere today! First on Lorraine's blog, now on yours - maybe it's a sign telling me to eat churros ;)

  • At 11/05/2012 4:47 am, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Anything dulce de leche gets my vote! Oh, squirty warm dulce de leche meloten heaven...

  • At 11/05/2012 7:09 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    Man if I ever even had the thought of chucking away the bread crusts I wold have been smacked! Lol now I know where to go smack free hehehe

  • At 11/05/2012 8:43 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    CRUSTLESS sandwiches zomg YES

  • At 11/05/2012 9:19 am, Blogger Tina @ bitemeshowme said…

    But I love crust? It's the best bit! Haha all the treats on offer look so good. Those churros are just staring right at me.

  • At 11/05/2012 11:07 am, Anonymous Riley said…

    I'd hit this place up just to try the dulce de leche churros alone. But hell yeah crustless sandwiches!

  • At 11/05/2012 1:21 pm, Anonymous gastronomous anonymous said…

    love the look of those churros! will put this on my go list when i come back!

  • At 11/05/2012 11:32 pm, Blogger Eat drink and be Kerry said…

    Love your photos Helen. I so want to eat the first one. Wish Sugarloaf was in Brisbane!

  • At 11/06/2012 12:16 pm, Anonymous RagingCravings said…

    Sugarloaf looks great! I have been missing hispanic bakeries which are a-plenty in NYC.

    Does Sugarloaf have any dulce de leche stuff apart from the dulce de leche churros?

  • At 11/06/2012 12:46 pm, Anonymous Martine @ Chompchomp said…

    What a great place...a Mexican style bakery. I bet a number of their items are gluten free too. Meaning I can eat them! Woot!

  • At 11/07/2012 1:19 pm, Anonymous The Food Sage said…

    Churros with dulce de leche - plain decadence! Sounds like a great spot. Thanks for sharing.

  • At 11/07/2012 3:58 pm, Blogger Jacq said…

    ooh those dulce de leche filled churros look good! even better when dipped in more chocolate sauce I bet hehe

  • At 11/08/2012 12:34 am, Anonymous Sara - Belly Rumbles said…

    Love Sugarloaf. Such funny little foodie cluster with Pinos right next store.

  • At 11/08/2012 9:08 am, Anonymous Amand@ChewTown said…

    I love this place! It's walking distance from my house and we go there fortnightly JUST to eat the spinach and cheese empanadas - which are spectacular!

    In fact, now you've posted this, I think I'll go there this weekend!

  • At 11/09/2012 12:42 am, Blogger CQUEK said…

    This looks interesting, I can always count on you finding the best spots

  • At 11/09/2012 1:11 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Sherrie - Definitely. Eat. Churros. Now.

    Hi Hannah - Ooh I agree. A sprinkle of salt would have been even better!

    Hi Food is Our Religion - lol. We always had to eat our crusts too. I still eat them first before saving the middle bit for last :)

    Hi chocolatesuze - I bet I know exactly how you used to eat your school lunches. lol

    Hi Tina - It's a wonder your hair isn't curly! lol

    Hi Riley - I agree. Dulce de leche has a way of pulling me in anywhere.

    Hi gastronomous - You'll have a massive list by the time you get back. So much happening in Sydney!

    Hi Kerry - Thank you. And we are definitely spoilt for choice in Sydney, although I'd love to visit Esquire one day.

    Hi RagingCravings - They had plenty of alfajores and there was an amazing looking cake made from meringue, cream and dulce de leche too!

    Hi Martine - Woot indeed!

    Hi Food Sage - Plain or excessive decadence? :)

    Hi Jacq - You read my mind. lol

    Hi Sara - I agree. We went for a wander into Pinos as well, and the fruit shop across the road!

    Hi Amand@ChewTown - Lucky you! And awww enjoy your weekend feast - I'm envious!

    Hi cquek - Thanks. Always lots to discover in Sydney!

  • At 11/09/2012 3:29 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Very interesting foods and the churros are so cheap!

  • At 11/09/2012 5:43 pm, Blogger muppy said…

    i use to work in kogarah, it had an amazing range of food choices that were excellent, miss it.

  • At 11/12/2012 10:00 pm, Anonymous JasmyneTea said…

    I actually love the crust, lol. But those churros with the dulce de leche look SO GOOD!

  • At 11/19/2012 7:53 am, Anonymous currybadger said…

    I'll be on my way to sugarloaf some time this week.

  • At 12/04/2012 3:36 pm, Anonymous AV said…

    the Chorizo with chimmichurri and salsa looks fantastic!


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