Recently one of my in-laws was talking about this great Polish Bakery in Dandenong. Given that I work in Dandenong, I thought I would give this a go. Alas the first time I tried it was a Sunday when they were closed. But the next time I walked along Foster Street I was lucky and the Polish Rye Crust Bakery was open. And when I say lucky, I mean it. Their food is delicious.
It is only a tiny shop and on one side they sell bread and pretzels, and on the other side, there are the sweet bakery items (my personal favourites) along with some chairs, so you can sit and eat.
Photographer: Piotr Włodarczy (Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)
As it is a Polish Bakery, many of the bread items are slightly different to the normal run-of- the-mill Australian bakeries including a bread which I believe is called Schwartzbrot and a lot of other European style breads. It's nice thick chewy bread that really gets your teeth working when you eat it. They also had pretzels there which are delicious and quite an experience for someone like me, who has only ever had the hard ones in packets from the supermarket. I had stop halfway through the pretzel and give my teeth a ten minute break so that they could keep on chewing.
They also had some great sweet items. None of the sweeter items were labelled, so you pretty much just point at what you want to eat. I wasn't sure whether this was because many of the people coming here are Polish and know exactly what the items are already. But I didn't mind, the people working there are very friendly and it almost feels like you are visiting another country when you hear all the Polish spoken in the background.
Of the sweet baked goods, I have had a Chocolate Éclair with custard inside which was really nice, but so far my favourite is a thing that looks like a doughnut cut in half with real fresh whipped cream in the middle. Now it looks like a doughnut but tastes like a profiterole with icing sugar on top. Very good. In fact I had to scrape a little of the cream off near the end because I was drowning in its goodness.
This is a seriously good place to go if you like baked goods as much as I do, because all the food there is so nice.