Pottery Green Bakers is a popular cosy French-Vietnamese fusion cafe on the North Shore. It is conveniently situated on the busy main Longueville Road in Lane Cove and it offers Vietnamese pho and baguettes as well as the standard European sweet pastries. This is our favorite one-stop noodle shop, bakery, pie shop and cafe on the weekend.
The interior has a nice rustic feel with all the wooden furnishings. The major draw-card is definitely the amazing looking croissants and pastries in the window cabinets. Whenever we make our orders at the counter, I always get distracted by the selection of pies, quiches and cakes on display. They all look very tempting!
All-day-breakfast menu and eye-popping patisserie selections!
The aroma of freshly baked bread lured us in and we decided to have brunch here. The interior looked dimly lit so we preferred to sit outside. The waitstaff brought out an enticing all-day-breakfast/lunch menu for us to browse through and informed us that we had to order and pay at the counter.
So we started with a hot Matcha Latte, decorated with beautiful latte art. The latte tasted good, just slightly weaker in terms of green tea taste. My Ice Matcha was a rather sizeable serving but it has a really diluted green tea taste with a lot of blended ice. It was slightly expensive for a drink in my opinion.
After some deliberations, we decided to try two of their signature baguettes; the classic Vietnamese banh mi pork roll and one specialty crackling pork roll to mix it up a bit.
Classic Vietnamese Banh Mi $8.00 (Freshly baked signature baguette filled with greens, cucumber, pickled carrot, corriander, spring onion, pate, homemade lemon chive mayo and secret soy dressing with fresh chilli)
We ordered a classic Vietnamese pork roll but this was definitely a Westernised adaptation of the traditional Vietnamese dish.
The baguette bread was freshly baked and it was crusty on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. It was filled with pate, pork and fresh Vietnamese herb salad. However it used a different type of pork than your traditional Banh Mi and it tasted less processed and less artificial. Overall, it was not an authentic Vietnamese roll but it tasted pretty decent for a weekend brunch.
Seasonal Special - Crackling Pork Baguette with Brie served with lettuce, tomato and mayo $13
The crackling pork baguette on the other hand was an amazing flavorsome roll. The pork looked tender and juicy but it was the alluring crispy pork cracklings and the generous slice of brie cheese that grabbed our attention immediately.
The roll was a bit messy to handle though but pork cracklings and the creamy brie made up for the inconvenience. We asked the roll to be sliced into halves, so it was easy to share.
I don't need to convince you, this is a really good crackling pork roll!
My friends were glad that we were able to try both flavours, as both rolls were really generous and filling. I was impressed by the fresh baguette bread, which had a deliciously crunchy exterior and it lived up to my expectations.
With the amount of talking we were doing, we ordered a mixed berry smoothie and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice to go with the rest of the meal. My friend noticed the price charged on the orange juice was really high in their opinion. ("You could get another classic baguette for the same price!" They exclaimed.)
Organic Green Tea Soba Noodle Salad $14.00 (With chicken, avocado, tomato, mix green Asian herbs, seaweed served with soy sesame dressing)
My friend wanted something light and healthy so she opted for the organic green tea soba noodle salad. It sounded healthy already!
We were surprised at the enormous serving size of this salad! It looked like it could feed two sumo wrestlers! The salad was generously filled with boiled chicken, avocado, tomato, seaweed and heaps of mixed green Asian herbs and green tea soba noodles. Personally, I found the salad tasted average and the soy sesame dressing lacked a memorable taste, but my friend thoroughly enjoyed it as she was really conscious of her diet.
Refreshing and Soul Soothing Chicken Pho $14.50 (Rice noodles in a light slow-cooked stock served with chicken breast slices, sprinkled with a zing of finely sliced lime leaf, bean sprouts and fragrant herbs and served with dipping sauce and lemon) - A hearty soulful noodle soup
Keeping true to their Vietnamese roots, Pottery Green Bakers also offers beef and chicken pho to the menu. You might think it is unusual to order a Pho noodle soup at a bakery, but I think it is a good addition to the menu.
The description of the Refreshing and Soul Soothing Chicken Pho caught our attention, so we gave it a go. The generous steaming bowl was presented on a wooden tray. The rice noodles was soaked in a lovely sweet clear broth and it was topped with thick chicken breast fillets and plenty of bean sprouts and fresh herbs. Some chilli sauce was provided on the side for an extra kick.
The chicken pho was not as flavoursome as the traditional pho I've had, and the chicken fillets were is a little too thick and dry for my liking. Regardless, it was a filling hearty meal.
A great catch-up cafe with healthy affordable meals