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Published June 26th 2014
Gourmet comfort food
From the chaps who brought you Cantina 663 and El Publico, two already very well established Mt Lawley eateries, comes Mary Street Bakery on Beaufort Street in Highgate. This bakery cum cafe is so Mt Lawley it comes complete with it's very own mural by celebrated Australian street artist Lister.
The alluring pink fluorescent sign.
Now if you're thinking that the Mt Lawley precinct doesn't need another cafe, stop in and pick up a salted caramel doughnut, one of the many baked goods made on site by their talented cooking guys. You can even watch them while you wait for your takeaway Pound coffee. Then decide.
Filled salted caramel doughnut.
If you have an hour or so to spare grab a seat in the cafe and treat yourself to one of their unique breakfast/lunch options. At Mary Street Bakery they've made ordering a pleasure again by offering table service. Deliberating over an exhaustive list of food is no longer a problem due to the short (but sweet) menu. And I absolutely loved that the first thing I was asked after sitting down was whether I'd like a coffee, as the staff member in question put a bottle of water and two glasses on the table. Priorities people!
Flat white with lovely coffee art.
Seeing as it was a cold day I figured it was a good idea to up my caloric load and duly ordered the crispy fried chicken served on a fluffy peanut-y pancake, topped with a fried egg, more peanuts and doused with lovely maple syrup. The combination of crispy, salty, soft and sweet made for a most complex and downright banging party in my mouth. My partner in dine ordered the soft boiled eggs served very cutely in a bit of egg carton, with buttered toast soldiers and a side of bacon. Priced at $21, my dish was the most expensive thing on the menu, and the serving was so generous I couldn't finish it.
The fried chicken and peanut pancake dish.
Soft-boiled eggs and buttered toast soldiers.
Although dishing up the "good" stuff, the team at Mary Street Bakery uses organic flour and serves such healthy fare as cold pressed juices and the like. The next time you're in the area, whether you drop by for a takeaway latte or laze around for lunch, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised.