In the heart of the little village we call Erskineville sits Bakerman, a quaint but trendy café. Sunny forecourt, comfy chairs, tables and umbrella's, this little part of the world is perfect for food, beverages and people watching. This café is a bakery/café during the day and becomes a wine bar at night. Which means, for those who like to indulge, you can enjoy this place daily and nightly.
The owner, Antoun, prides himself on roasting his own coffee beans, which explains why their coffee tastes great. Freshly baked bread, even of the gluten free persuasion, is baked daily on the premises. It is a haven for the irritable and the not so irritable and, might I add, I was wishing I could eat everything in sight.
The generous servings had me revisit this establishment three separate times so that I could fit the food in. When I walked in the first time, the first thing I noticed was the shelving with fresh bread and wine. Didn't it say somewhere that man cannot live on bread alone? Well, at Bakerman, you don't have to.
My first order was the chicken, avocado and haloumi salad that sat on a bed of rocket and baby spinach with a mustard and honey dressing. It was truly fresh and ever so delicious. The haloumi was served in a large piece on top of the salad. It really was exquisite.
For dessert, I ordered the gluten free chocolate brownie to be served with vanilla ice-cream. Oh and how it was served. A small wooden board with a warm brownie on one side, ice-cream in a bowl on the other side and a drizzling of melted chocolate all over. My oh my, definitely not for the faint hearted. The brownie was warm enough to melt down your throat after teasing your tongue with its soft and fudgy texture. It left me salivating for more.
The following Saturday morning after a little bit of shopping at Eveleigh markets, I promised my husband a real treat as I heard that Bakerman bake fresh pastries every Saturday including my darlings favourite hot cross buns. They were very warm and very fresh and, according to him, very worth the trip. He also had a Danish, why wouldn't he? After a couple of coffees and some very thick and moist gluten free banana bread, we were stuffed.
The Saturday morning pastry variety was pretty awesome. From the cannelloni to the friands, Danish's and croissants, to the cupcakes and hot cross buns, I was sold. These Saturday specials only complimented the weekly usuals that sat in the window. They also had lolly pop cakes for kids that were adorable and, sadly I broke and have to say they were pretty good.
I did decide to share my find, and with thanks to my friend for moving to the area, I took my mother in law there for lunch and decided we'd try the omelette. I had ricotta and spinach with a slice of thick biscuity gluten free bread and she had the ham, cheese and tomato with sour dough. Well, what a treat. Served on a wooden board with butter and jam, the omelettes were absolutely enormous.
We walked up to Newtown where we went antiquing for a few hours, then returned for dessert and more coffee. It was such a lovely warm afternoon so we decided to people watch and had a glass of wine as it was almost time for Bakerman to become Wineman that night. The Saturday night band was setting up in the forecourt. Antoun has a different band come in every week, from folk to jazz and 80's music, so it is a weekly lucky dip. It was going to be an evening to remember. Fabulously velvet textured red wine, McHenry Mohnem Margaret River blend, was exactly what the doctor ordered (taken for medicinal purposes only).
All in all, every visit was an excellent experience. The staff were very tentative and friendly. I must admit that every cup of coffee that I had was amazing.
The lunch, wine and desserts were all exactly what was expected and yes, I will go back again. Try it out and let me know what you think.