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.
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…
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.
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.