Located on Elizabeth Street in Croydon, Abbots and Kinney offers not only a wide selection of pastries but a decent range of brunch-style dishes as well. The place can get very busy so arriving early is encouraged, particularly if you desire their more popular items.
We particularly enjoyed their Pork and Fennel Sausage Roll, which had a delectable moist filling that had the right amount of fennel flavour. The crisp puff pastry encasing the sausage filling did a good job of setting it off. For more flavour, you can request for some of their tomato or chilli relish. The spiciness of the chilli relish should be suitable for most palates. We have returned to procure some when we were in the area but they were always sold out.
Pork and Fennel Sausage Roll (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
As its name suggests, the Chilli Con Carne Pie puts a twist on the humble meat pie with a filling based on its namesake. The consistency of the filling was not too thick and had enough chilli to give it its characteristic flavour. Though cheese was included in the filling, the degree of creaminess was not too strong. This pie was particularly good when enjoyed with the store's tomato relish.
Chilli Con Carne Pie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A good choice for those wanting something sweet, the filling of the Lemon Cheesecake Croissant had the desired degree of lemon flavour and was not too sweet. The croissant was done just as well and had a wonderful flaky texture. Topping the croissant were white chocolate shards and cookie dough chunks to give the dish an eye-catching appearance.
Lemon Cheesecake Croissant (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The generous amount of sauerkraut in the Pastrami and Pickle Pastry gave it a taste that is similar to a Rueben sandwich, an American corned beef and sauerkraut sandwich. There was also a whole mini dill pickle for a bit of crunch and extra tanginess. The crisp and buttery pastry tied everything together.
Pastrami and Pickle Pastry (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
This bakery also offers pizza in a few flavours. The texture of the base is best described as being similar to bread. The pulled pork topping that we chose gave the pizza a meaty texture, with barbeque sauce imparting a smoky flavour.
Pulled Pork Pizza (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Their Raspberry Cruffin, so-called by being a hybrid of a croissant and a muffin, had a delightful fluffy texture that was contrasted nicely by the crisp exterior. The raspberry filling did not taste too sweet and the dusting of sugar helped to complete the dish.
Raspberry Cruffin (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The décor gave the small place a rustic feel and there is a choice of seating either indoors or outdoors. If you are looking for delicious pastries while at Croydon consider giving Abbots and Kinney a visit.