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Jurisdiction: Cafe / Bakery

Outcome: Majority Verdict

Ratio decidendi: Brickfields feels like a ‘tricked up’ version of Bourke St Bakery which offers atypical baked goods and sandwiches. Despite the small-ish menu, a rotating line up of baked goods helps to maintain its repeat-visit value and I’ve yet to be disappointed with what I’ve tried to date. Only downside is the limited on-site seating so get there early if you’re intending on bringing a party of three or greater.

Salient features: Fig, frangipane & brown butter tart, bacon & manchego sandwich, persian love cake.

Case note: Sourdough is their ‘thing’ but the sandwiches are a tad pricey at $16 when you consider that buys you a savoury baked good, sweet treat and coffee. Value aside, the bacon, manchego, pickles and greens combo pictured below is the one worth trying.

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The fig, frangipane and brown butter tart is another that I’d re-order in a heartbeat. Melt in your mouth, buttery pastry that’s light enough to make you consider a second…or third…

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The Persian love cake is dense, yet moist – a hockey puck of bold flavours that’s a regular starter in the Brickfields display cabinet – and with good reason too.

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Obiter dicta: Despite the Cleveland St address, if you’re planning to drive there you’re better off entering 54 Balfour St into your GPS.

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