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Published September 20th 2012
Bread Top 'top's' expectations with cheap, tasty treats
One of the latest sensations to hit the food industry is a food chain known as Bread Top, established in Melbourne in 2002, it has spread like wildfire across the country. With stores in almost every Australian state, it has become supremely popular with its very unique serving style and fantastic range of delicious pastry treats. Bread Top recently opened within Westfield Marion, a very large and busy shopping centre in Adelaide. Having never tried Bread Top before, plus hearing the rave reviews from my friends who have experienced it for themselves, I decided it was time to test out if Bread Top was really as 'Top' as it claims to be.
The first thing you will notice is the unique method of gathering your food, when you first arrive you will be put into a line with a simple serving tray and then sent on your merry way through the guided tour of pastries. You will literally be surrounded with bread products, this is overwhelming in the best sense of the word, since the amount of choice is huge and to be honest they all look so damn good. Ranging from savoury rolls, custard filled buns, miniature lamb burgers and some pastries even containing seafood. There will certainly be something that catches your eye; the amount of options is greatly appreciated.
Once you have made your way through the maze of deliciousness, you will now have your banquet resting upon your tray, once you have paid for the pastries you will have the option to eat in the store of takeaway, to chow down when it best suits you. The price of Bread Top astounded me, having 5 or 6 different rolls and buns on our tray for two people, we were happy to find out the total price was around $12. A lunch for two people, that made us almost explode from overeating and didn't break the bank. That to me is a great deal.
The seating area in Bread Top Marion is quite small, since the food area takes up so much room. But it does seat about 8 different groups; you also get a firsthand look at the bakers constantly baking fresh supplies of pastries. Bread Top is extremely busy, so they have to continuously bake new goods; this is a great plus because your products will more than likely always be fresh.
The food itself is great depending on what you grab, the custard filled bun I purchased was delicious, so was the roll covered in a piece of bacon and barbeque sauce. However the ham and cheese roll I purchased wasn't too good, filled with so much cheese that it became unbearable to eat. But when the food is nice, it is spectacular. It feels like a very nice change from your everyday fast food, or bakery, it feels fresh and different. Which will keep me coming back to try some more delicacies.
If you're at Westfield Marion, thinking of getting a feed I declare you skip the food court. Why eat the same boring stuff you get everywhere else? Take a walk downstairs and experience Bread Top, you may just find something unique that makes your taste buds arrive on the doorstep of ecstasy.
Jamie you would find the Bread Top way of purchasing these bread/cake products synonymous across Asian countries. I would have to say my favorite at Bread Top would be the sacha pork floss roll (slightly spicy) and the custard bun you got. I find the Grote St branch the best.