Black Star Pastry might be a small patisserie establishment, but there's nothing ordinary about Black Star's desserts. It has been delighting Sydney sweet tooths since 2008 with its famous strawberry watermelon cake.
Some flavours are available exclusively from the Books Kinokuniya store
I have to say upfront, I am a little bias because the Black Star Pastry's signature cake - the strawberry watermelon cake, is my favourite cake! I can't remember how many special occasions I've celebrated with this iconic cake. It was always an effort to get this cake from the original Newtown store, but now Black Star Pastry has opened up within the Kinokuniya Bookstore at the Galeries,Town Hall. This is a dangerous liasion because it combines all my favorite activities - reading new books while indulging in a warm cup of tea and an array of delicious cakes.
As I had visitor from overseas recently, her first request was to sample the Black Star's cakes. Knowing that their signature cake is usually sold out very soon, I arranged time off one morning to take my visitor to the new Black Star Pastry outlet in Town Hall.
We arrived at the cafe just after noon to ensure that we didn't miss the chance. The cafe itself is quite tiny, fitting snugly into a high-visibility corner at the entrance of the bookstore. Please note the seating space is quite limited and takeaway is recommended during peak-time.
The delectable array of cakes displayed can charm any bookworm to stop in their tracks. The Black Star Pastry offers individual cake slices and mini cakes over the counter. Needless to say, my friend picked the strawberry watermelon cake, as well as the limited edition raspberry lychee cake. Although it was hard to pick a cake from what seemed like endless choices, I settled for a green tea chiffon cake and a cup of tea.
Our cakes looked quite irresistible and very photogenic with the fresh ingredients and precise execution.
My green tea chiffon cake arrived first and it has a airy-soft sponge texture. The subtle sweet green tea icing cream was covered with almond flakes. It was a lovely light cake to have at anytime.
The Black Star Pastry has drawn influence from the Japanese bookstore and created exclusive treats only available at The Galeries. I believed my Green Tea chiffon cake was one of the special creations.
The Signature Strawberry and Watermelon Cake ($7.50)
To my friend's delight, the Strawberry Watermelon cake arrived soon after. It consisted of layers of soft whipped fresh cream, sweet crisp watermelon slice in the middle and almond dacquoise. It was beautifully topped with strawberries, Iranian pistachios and rose petals. We fell in love with it again because it was like eating a cloud and wasn't overly sweet.
Then there was the new Raspberry Lychee Cake and it was the new limited addition to the BlackStar cake range. My friend was excited to try the new flavour. The cake base consisted a rich chocolate biscuit holding up layers of raspberry marshmallow and vanilla cream, then it was topped with artfully with lychee and raspberries.
The lychee cake was a delicious balance of texture and taste, but it was slightly richer and dense compared with its famous sister.
A zen moment - It's not always available in store, but it's something special if you get the chance.
Most of the cakes are under $10. Most are sold by the slice and full cakes can be purchased to take home with pre-order arrangement.
Evidently, the Black Star Pastry at the Kinokuniya has a lot going on and a lot going for it. The convenience of the CBD location makes it the ideal place to meet up with a few friends over some good books.