[ADVERT]Lorraine's Patisserie might be small, but there's nothing lacklustre about Lorraine Gosmark's pastries. Lorraine has been delighting Sydney sweet tooth's for years--first creating desserts in Neil Perry's kitchen and eventually at her bistro Yellow in Potts Point. Yellow closed in 2011, so the opening of Lorraine's Patisserie was a welcome sight to anyone who has enjoyed Gosmark's treats before.
You'll find the store down Palings Lane, just off of George Street and right by the Ivy Complex.
The store is tiny. There's barely enough room for 5 people in front of the glass display cabinet. Luckily the large windows let you salivate over pastries before you've even stepped inside.
Most of the desserts look simple; the delight comes from the best ingredients and excellent execution. The frangipane tart has a flaky pastry base that disintegrates in your mouth like a bite of baklava. The sweet almond filling is dotted with fruit pieces--subtle but delicious.
Then there's the strawberry mascarpone cake. Layers of light macaroon-like coconut sponge are filled with mascarpone and fresh strawberries; the top is gently torched for an added crunch. It's not unlike what you would imagine a coconut pavlova would taste like.
Most of the desserts are under $10, but there are a few more expensive options. Many are sold by the slice and full tarts or cakes can be purchased to take home.
It's not just cakes and sweets available. Lorraine's also sell meat pies and sausage rolls if you're after something savoury. For breakfast you can pick up a buttery croissant, or at Christmas enjoy one of their festive mince pies. Some of the regular sweets available include lemon meringue pies, brownies, and cookies. One of the most famous tarts is the date tart, it's not always available in store, but it's something special if you get the chance.
Lorraine's Patisserie is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am till 6:30pm, and on Saturday from 9am till 4pm. Unfortunately all the cakes, tarts, pies and pastries are take away, so there isn't any in store or outdoor seating. You can grab a seat nearby at Wynyard Park or Martin Place, or you can enjoy them at home.
Do you have a favourite from Lorraine's collection?