We all have our weaknesses - for some people, it's the sugar hit of chocolate and for others it's the salty flavour of chips, or the savoury taste of cheese. For many people like myself, it's the alluring smell of a bakery that gets the stomach rumbling. When I heard that a brand new bakery had opened up in Fyshwick...well, it didn't take much convincing for the family to hop in the car and check it out. We didn't waste much time either - as we visited it on the first Saturday morning of it being open and we weren't alone - the cars just kept pulling in. It seems we aren't the only people in Canberra who enjoy the tempting waft of a good bakery...
Remy's can be found on Townsville Street in Fyshwick, with the entrance around the back of the building. On Saturdays there is plenty of parking, however it may be more difficult on a weekday, with furniture shops and small businesses all using the same car park. The bakery is like a little oasis in the centre of the industrial area - with newly-planted hedges growing around a newly-seeded grassy area - putting some greenery into an otherwise urban landscape. It is easy to see that when the grass grows, it will be a cute little area for kids to run around or for people to sit on, to enjoy their pie in the sun. There is also a shady pergola area out the front, with large tables and a relaxed vibe in which to sit and enjoy the venue.
When you walk inside there are a dozen tables with French-style white chairs and a large, blue mural on one wall. The whole effect is bright, fresh and comfortable - and inviting to walk into.
When you get to the counter and read the menu on the back wall, Remy's offer a range of tasty pie options, such as Seafood Pie, Lamb Shoulder & Pea, Beef Brisket, Chicken & Leek and Seasonal Vegetables for $6.50 ($7 for the Seafood Pie). They also sell chunky sausage rolls, spinach, feta & ricotta rolls, quiches, sandwiches, paninis, salads, cakes, slices and of course fresh bread to buy - created by French baker Romain Remy (hence the name of the bakery). Romain Remy was also the baker at Autolyse in Braddon, so his name precedes him amongst Canberra locals for his delicious variety of fresh artisan bread. He is also one of the four owners who have passionately started up this new bakery and who hope to make it the best in Canberra.
On our visit we chose to try the Chicken and Leek Pie, a sausage roll and spinach, ricotta & feta roll, as well as caramel milkshakes all around. We were impressed with the chunkiness of the sausage roll in particular - and when it was cut up, the visible ingredients looked (and tasted!) delicious. The inside flavour was a hit, as well as the flaky pastry all around it - it is one to definitely go back for! The spinach, feta & ricotta roll was also full of flavour and one of the best that I have had, with just the right amount of saltiness. The Chicken and Leek pie was a little on the runny side, however the pastry was flaky and perfect for any pie-lover. Lastly, if you enjoy a good milkshake, the Remy's versions are full of flavour and punch - guaranteed to wake you up and face the day!
Sausage rolls & milkshakes that are full of flavour...
Remy's is in the ideal location for local workers to visit each lunchtime and enjoy their wide range of bakery options. For the rest of us, it is also open on Saturdays between 8am - 1pm. If you are heading to the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, about to trawl the furniture shops for the perfect couch or going shopping at the Canberra Outlet Centre - why not stop in at Remy's for a quiet break in your day. Relax and enjoy a coffee and cake, scoff down a sausage roll or pick up some artisan bread for the week ahead.
How can you resist it, when the bread looks this good?