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Published June 1st 2016
Historic Bakery Has a Fresh New Taste
Port Adelaide is on the other side of the world to me, but I love French Pastries and I have a soft spot for history and nostalgia so I made a special trip for this review. I was intrigued when I found out that Mayfair Bakery in Port Adelaide had been established way back in 1870 - which makes it one of the longest running Bakeries in South Australia.
The bakery has withstood the changing Face of Port Adelaide, from its inception a mere 40 years after the establishment of Port Adelaide itself. You almost wonder what stories you'd hear if its walls could talk - from the early days when the Port had been dubbed 'Port Misery', fast-forward just under a century later to the 1960s when John Martins wanted to turn several shops on St Vincent St - including the bakery- into a department store, and now a good change is happening as Renew SA and Renew Adelaide are investing in the Port to give it a modern and vibrant new culture.
Mayfair Bakery & Patisserie - Named After The Ship
The current owners are Brother duo, Phillip and James Donnelly, the young guns were the founders of the very popular Rolling Pin Bakery on Magill Rd. The young twenty-somethings have given the historic bakery a fresh new face with a French influence; Mayfair has gone from old school to modern bakery and patisserie. Specialising in tarts, individual cakes, buttery French pastries and fine desserts; the traditional savoury bakery pie warmer has been jazzed up too, from cheeseburger and chicken parmigiana pies to vegan Kransky.
I have heard the cheeseburger pie (complete with pickles and mustard!) and the sausage rolls are really good. I tried the vegan kransky because I couldn't go past something so unique.
Since this was a special trip I rustled up a friend and we bought a range of sweets to take home with us, where she, her house-mate and I had an informal taste testing. While this photo of random sweets sprawled across the kitchen bench does not do justice to the taste, it will hopefully give you some idea of their range.
Danishes - cherry and custard and a pear and custard: These were what you would expect from a Danish; beautiful puff pastry with a generous filling.
Creme Brûlée Doughnut: This was on another level... Perfect doughnut ball filled with house made custard and coated in a toffee caramel.
Nutella Croissant: A mini croissant filled with Nutella and topped with nuts
English Custard Tart: So good! Though the custard was quite thin, the taste was still really good and the pastry was beautiful and short
The two little tarts are what I would describe as a 'petit four' which are small sweets used in high tea. They are a one person serve, cut between three became a sampler - these two were so delicious, none of us were pleased we had to share.
Belgium Chocolate Tart: Yes, this was made with real Belgium Chocolate! I had read on their Facebook that Mayfair use real Belgium chocolate and the taste absolutely confirmed it. This was a chocoholic's dream.
Passionfruit and Raspberry Tart: short crust pastry filled with a Passionfruit custard and topped with fresh raspberries. The flavours were so good, it was amazing.
We finished the cheesecakes before we got home (hence the separate photo). I'm not exaggerating I think these were the best cheesecakes I have ever bought.
There is a decent amount of seating set up outside, so you can take your time, sit down and enjoy. I wouldn't necessarily describe their baked goods as something Nana used to make (unless Nana was French or super innovative). I would more describe them as something you tried once on your travels in the south of France! And on a side note apparently their coffee is very good too.