Sunday, November 22, 2009

Brasserie Bread

Tucked away towards the end of Botany Road is Brasserie Bread. Brasserie Bread is a baking school, a wholesale business (supplying artisan breads, pastries and cakes to the wholesale market), a retail shop and a cafe all housed in an old saw-tooth warehouse a stone's throw away from the cranes of Port Botany.

My first visit was three Saturdays ago, accompanied by Miss SK and Ed. I loved it so much that I dragged a visiting friend from Melbourne out with me to Brasserie Bread the following Saturday.

First visit

The first dish that caught my eye was the Soft Omelette with Gruyere Cheese and Prosciutto ($10). The pancetta was just melt-in-your-mouth divine. Omelette was smooth and creamy. Yum!

A photo of all three combined into a mouthful. Yum!

Miss SK had the Sourdough Pancakes w/ Stewed Berries and Honeycomb Cream ($12). Unlike sourdough bread, the pancake version was light and fluffy, and combined with the tartness of stewed berries and the fresh honeycomb cream made this dish the table's favourite.

Ed had the Eggs Benedict which was made up of Poached Egg, Pan Fried Smoked Ham and Hollandaise ($10). I didn't get a chance to try this dish but Ed raved about the Hollandaise sauce. After having the poached eggs Ed kept asking SK and myself how he could make them at home. This started a debate over which was better - using the traditional vinegar and swirl method or the specially made microwavable egg poacher to create the perfect poached egg.

Iced tea ($5) - Brasserie Bread version has mint leaves in it which was delicious. A fantastic drink to have on a sunny Sydney Afternoon. Sadly, during our second visit, the Iced tea wasn't as good. It was lukewarm and pretty bland. Third visit was better then the second visit but lacked sugar. Yes, I visited Bread Brasserie three weekends in a row!

Second Visit

I decided to go for something sweet and tried the Sourdough Pancakes w/ Banana and Maple Syrup ($12). The banana pancakes weren't as fluffy as the stewed berries and honeycomb version but this had actual bananas in the pancakes and was as delicious as the first one. Only drawback was that the maple syrup was super super sweet.

Croque Monsieur ($10) w/ a fried egg on top. I found this pretty disappointing compared to the rest I've had in my last two visits. The bread was normal and so was the ham and cheese. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that the dish had gone cold by the time I had a bite of it as the dish seemed pretty popular amongst Bread Brasserie patrons as two other tables had ordered this dish while we were there.

For dessert we had the Strawberry Tart and the Lemon Tart. I have to say that the shells let both this dessert down as it was quite hard and bland although I loved the addition of pistachios to the strawberry tart.

The Lemon Tart was the weaker of the two as the lemon filling was pretty sweet for a lemon tart.

Third visit will be posted shortly.

Brasserie Bread
1737 Botany Road
Banksmeadow NSW 2019

(02) 966 6845


chocolatesuze said...

ooh the pancakes look so tasty!

Mei said...

hi there! glad you liked it so much you came down 3 weekends in a row! but i'll pass your feedback re: the lemon tart, strawberry tart and croque M onto bosses, it's a shame you didn't enjoy the tarts as much, i have to say i was addicted to the lemon for a while! hope to see you back at the bakery sometime :)

foodie-central said...

Hi Suze - They are totally yummy!

HI Mei- Yes am already planning my next visit hehe