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Bourke Street Bakery @ Neutral Bay

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Published March 17th 2014
For delectable beef brisket pie & Sourdough breads
Bourke Street Bakery (BSB) makes everything by hand using the best ingredients they can source and it is my weekend ritual to get a loaf of freshly baked sourdough with my Sunday papers. I don't intend to, but I'll typically stay for a coffee and a bite to eat, thanks to the rows of delicious desserts, pastries and hot pies.

Meet BSB's deliciously famous Beef Brisket with Red Wine & Mushroom Pie ($5.50). Personally, I think this beef pie is so much more special than the overrated Pork & Fennel sausage roll.

BSB Neutral Bay is situated within a reclusive alleyway. It is hidden away from the main street, making it slightly hard to find at first. Once you've been here, you will know the location off by heart.

Tiny tablets and mini stools have propped up on the footpath and there's already a buzz around this busy corner bakery at 10:30am on a Sunday morning.

These are the REASONS why I am still paying for a gym membership. These little evil temptations will stop people in their tracks. Sometimes, I do wish desserts look ugly and unappetizing; maybe that way, I will eat less of them.

As I walked in, I headed straight to the Bread Wall. BSB has an impressive bread selection and I can be picky and selective with my sourdough bread.

I got to rave about the sourdough here. For me to be a repeat loyal purchaser, they must have got something right. I know, I know, there are artisan bakeries popping up all over Sydney in the recent time, even Woolworths now claimed they have an artisan bread range too. But there's something about the sourdough at BSB that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Believe me, they are not the cheapest either. Each loaf with approx 12 - 16 slices of sourdough breads will cost you around $6.50 - $7.50. They are so aromatic when you open the bag, all I need is some balsamic vinegar and olive oil and I am set.

Check the Daily Bread Selection board for the Bread of the Day. Some specialty breads are on a rotation - so saving the date for your special bread is essential.

Currently, I am particularly fond of the Polenta, Thyme and Fetta Sourdough ($6.20) and they are a limited edition and only available on Sundays. You have to get in quick on Sunday mornings before 11am or you will be disappointed. Truly, they are one of the best.

Yes! I scored the last Sunday Special's Sourdough. Now I can relax with a cup of hot chocolate.

The pie pastry looked brown but it was very flaky and light. The slow-stewed beef was loaded with red wine flavour and the gravy was thick and wondrous. From the first bite, we were hooked.

The Chorizo & Thyme Roll ($4.00) in comparison dimmed a little. It is still good but not as aromatic as its Pie cousin.

The food tastes wonderful and we love the community environment. It's the perfect place for morning tea. However, the staff might accidentally short-change you.
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Why? BSB Signature Pastries & Desserts
When: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Phone: (02) 9953 5555
Where: 19-25 Grosvenor St, Neutral Bay NSW 2089
Cost: $10 for a cup of coffee and a dessert treat
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