I've always wondered what the bagels at The Great Bagel & Coffee Company are like. Ever since Macquarie Centre was renovated quite a few years ago, The Great Bagel & Coffee Company has been a standalone store at a corner on the top level. A mysterious standalone store, at that. But one day in the recent past, fate and destiny and chance determined that we would cross paths, once and for all.
Epic retelling aside, I tried the sweet chilli chicken gourmet bagel sandwich. It cost $8.90, which was rather dear, but it was well worth it. The portions of the bagels at The Great Bagel & Coffee Company are not large by any means; however, the taste of my bagel sandwich was appetising, fresh and healthy. The bagels at The Great Bagel & Coffee Company will definitely not leave you with a guilty afterthought.
Sweet chilli chicken gourmet bagel sandwich at The Great Bagel & Coffee Company
You might, however, feel guilty if you ordered a side of onion rings with your bagel like I did. A side of onion rings at The Great Bagel & Coffee Company costs a meagre $3.50, which is a pretty good price for what you get. The onion rings come in a small basket, and the onion rings themselves are sweet and crispy, after having been fried in a deliciously indulgent batter.
In conclusion, The Great Bagel & Coffee Company store at Macquarie Centre scored high marks with me. The mysterious store on the corner turned out to be a hidden gem, and I am looking forward to trying it again soon.
Interior of The Great Bagel & Coffee Company (Macquarie Centre)
Sorry Carrie, But you obviously don't know a bagel from a bread roll (or you are an insider for the advertised bagel shop ! I've eaten the bagels at the Macquarie Centre and they are definitely nothing to write about (and I've had bagels in New York, San Fran and LA where they know how to make a traditional Jewish bagel - yes, bagel's are traditional jewish fare). Allowed to raise slowly, then boiled and finally baked. Why not try a bagel from Grand Ma Moses or Glicks in the eastern suburbs to find out what a real bagel is meant to taste like. Cheers.