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Published September 29th 2012
Good value pastries in Pyrmont
I have often walked by Francois Pastries in Pyrmont on Sunday mornings to see the shop packed with patrons enjoying their pastries and coffee. I've always been on another mission and didn't have time to stop and sample its pastries.
Francois Pastries on Union Street, Pyrmont
However, one Saturday morning when the throng of Sunday patron's clocks were still ticking, the shop was relatively quiet and I took my chance to pop in to investigate.
Conveniently located on Union Street Pyrmont.
A gorgeous building situated on the corner of Union and Edward Streets is quite eye catching around this area. A small interior with a few tables and chairs and great windows which fold open to the street so you can do a bit of people watching while enjoying your coffee and cake.
Their range was not overly huge and most varieties came in two very convenient sizes. The large cakes are quite generous in size are priced @ $4.95, if you want that big sugar fix with your coffee . Generally, Petit Fours are quite small, yet these are also very generous in size which I found great value at a mere $2.65. There are not many places around Sydney's CBD where you can buy a cake at this price.
Lemon Curd Tart and Orange Semolina Cake - Petit fours.
I have to be honest, these aren't your great French Patisserie style cakes which I was expecting to rave about. Nor were they the cheap 'why did I bother?' types either. They sit somewhere in between.
Opting for two petit fours, Lemon Curd Tart and Orange Semolina cake to have with coffee for breakfast. Yes, cakes for breakfast, it was Saturday after all.
Cake range comes in two sizes. Large @ $4.95 and Petit fours @ $2.65. Great value for your money.
The Lemon Curd tart was creamy smooth with a rather good lemon flavour, although not that sharp tang you would get from a great patisserie and the pastry case was pretty good and short.
The Orange Semolina cake was very moist with a great glaze that wasn't too thick. Again it lacked that fresh orange flavour which great patisseries pride themselves on. I did however enjoy both cakes and they are definitely great value for the price.
A good Pastry range.
Big size, great value pastries begin at $1.90 for a mini croissant and $2.20 for your chocolate or almond croissants. Almond or Cheese Sticks come in at $2.50. The fruit pastry slices are a pretty good size at $3.20.
Wanting something savory?
I had expected to unearth a rather exciting patisserie with gorgeous cakes to delight my taste buds. Upon further inspection, I realised the stock comes from the Dinky Di / Pie Face banner.
All in all, you are not going to get those great French Patisserie cakes, however you will get some good cakes at great value. It is also a great place to go when you want to get away from the maddening crowd of Darling Harbour's high people traffic area when you want to grab a coffee and cake on the weekend.
I have been there quite often because of the special deal $4.95, Large coffee with mini pastries. The Almond Crossiant is the BEST EVER with this value only $4.95 come with coffee. The barista can make a coffee very nice.