Hutt Street in Adelaide is known for its cafes and restaurants. From brunch to dinner, you will be spoilt with choices. A new kid in the block, opened since March 2020 during the pandemic, is the French pastry cafe Mascavado Cafe & Patisserie located on the corner of McLaren Street and Hutt Street. The owners have created a space that is modern and sleek with some uniquely flavoured French pastries that Adelaide has never tasted before. It might seem a tough time to open a new business but Mascavado offers food with a difference.
Coffee & croissant perfect match for any time of the day
The cafw offers 4 areas for customers to enjoy their French heaven. Sitting on the couch at the back of the cafe, you can see through the glass kitchen behind you to see chefs' motions. Sitting along the wall on the bar stools, lets you watch the customers picking their orders from the glass display. Seats by the window bench, looking out to Hutt Street, are the prime spots. Weekends are their busiest time with locals and cyclists filling both indoor and outdoor seating.
Reading about Mascavado from their Facebook page, their mottos are: artisan baked goods, freshly made on site. In the cafe, I notice that gluten-free and vegan choices are on offer. There are also savoury options for those who are not keen for sweets. The staff are very friendly too. Great coffee, great food and great staff are key successful elements for a local cafe. However, Mascavado is more than a local cafe.
Its founder, Lea Chairesa, has worked for Koi Dessert Bar. Those who have watched the Masterchef 2020 will be familiar with Koi because of contestant Reynold Poernomo's creative desserts. Who wouldn't want to fly to Sydney to try Reynold's Harry Potter-inspired Golden Snitch? Lea has brought us what you normally see in the east coast to Adelaide. Have you dreamt of almond and whiskey knots, mascarpone Moscato choux, Earl Grey brulee, chai blondies, camomile ricotta honey cake and miso cookies? Being a patissier, Lea has put her own spin in the classic French pastry. It's exactly these signature pastries, cakes and tarts that attract foodie pilgrims from all over town to Mascavado.
Chocolate croisssant, almond and whiskey knot, cinnamon scroll, Danish pear and ginger, Danish berry rosemary and more
On a Wednesday afternoon, I laid my eyes on the croissant. Their croissants are sold out by midday on Sundays. I found out because I missed out. After my first bite, the paper-thin crust fell all over the plate. It's crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. To me, it's the best croissant I have ever had. I said to myself, "If I lived nearby, would Mascavado croissant become my daily breakfast?" The answer is "Yes I would but only for 5 days a week as it's closed on Mondays and Tuesdays".
I lost count of the number of layers in this croissant.
Mascavado is open 6 days - from 7am on weekdays for your breakfast run and from 8am on weekends, so you won't miss out on croissants if you don't rise early on your day off. Look for the sign at the corner of McLaren Street when you drive past Hutt Street. Don't forget to treat yourself!