Hands down, Black Star Pastry is giving many of Sydney's top bakeries and patisseries a good run for their money. All within reason too. Sydney is blessed to be home to many quality pastry chefs. It was a real delight meeting Christopher from Black Star Pastry at a recent art and wine work-related (writers) function I attended. I was salivating, and so were the other creatives, artists and foodies in this inspiring art space. An art space where I had the pleasure of indulging in some of Black Star Pastry's treats. Far out, where has some of Sydney been this last few months? If you have not heard of Black Star Pastry until now, then you've been missing out on some amazing sweet and savoury delights. Time to catch up.
Perhaps the location of this establishment, nestled away in Australia Street does not do this establishment much justice. It was only when they brought their treats made for the group that I really started to take notice. Chris is also a really friendly guy, and under pressure his staff are too. Oh yes, especially on a busy Saturday morning.
Beautiful savoury dishes and canapes. First stop, It was amazing to try their tomato galette with truffled gorgonzola. The potato galette base was crunchy, and the ingredients were so fresh; especially the cherry tomatoes with a sun-dried antipasto flavour filled to them. Nice bite sized pieces. One was never enough.
The next canape (more of a main dish) was the beer and brisket pie. A nice meaty and pastry flavour. Both of these treats were enjoyed with a stunning glass of red. Just needed two of these pies, and amen that was my dinner last week.
Now to the big, mean dessert. This is normally a treat that Black Star Pastry sell on the weekends, yet I was super lucky to enjoy it on a Thursday night in the comfort of the city too. Wait for it - a masculine, mean, Godzilla-sized black forest cake. I even had to check in with Chris to find out the name of this giant cake. I asked "Is this a black forest cake?" as upon closer observation, you might be forgiven for thinking that this type of cake is a tiramisu look alike. In reply Chris said "You bet." Bingo.
Of course, in engaging in a full review of the Black Star Pastry; come the weekend it was time to also pay them a visit. I opted for a custard tart like pastry, and boy it was delicious. It's a Portuguese tart look alike, yet a bit more giant in size. For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of this treat. It was worth swapping five bucks for.
On a Saturday morning, Black Star Pastry does a roaring trade. A little shop with little queues heading out onto the thin footpath. It doesn't matter. You're served quite quickly. Friendly service, and the cakes on display are just so mouth watering, special and delicious. The next Black Star Pastry pit stop: bread and butter pudding, ginger ninjas and wait for it, the strawberry watermelon cake with rose cream. Also the pretty orange cake with Persian figs is on my Black Star Pastry hit list too. Yummy, yummy, yummy. Post-breakfast dessert anyone? Yes please.