Take some French pastries home for dessert tonight
Silo Bakery and Café is located in the inner south suburb of Kingston, a few minutes drive out of the city. It is set amongst a variety of cafes, restaurants and food outlets that are located all around the block at Kingston shops. Silo Bakery is well known around Canberra for its fresh bread sticks, artisan breads, tantalising tarts and the café that often has people lining up for a table. It is not a large café, with only a handful of tables outside, several in the main part of the café and then a few more tables down the back aisle. This limited seating seems to add to its exclusivity and popularity. The New York Times described it as "…part Brooklyn, part wartime Parisian bakery…". and it is this cosy and authentic atmosphere, that makes it so inviting.
Although small, there are always diners inside enjoying their fine quality breakfast and lunch menu items, freshly made gourmet sandwiches and sweet treats all throughout the day. This popular venue is open between Tuesday and Saturday only and if you wish to book a table, they only take bookings for lunch. Saturday morning breakfast is the busiest time with locals, so they can relax and enjoy the quality produce that lies behind the colourful exterior.
The interior is intimate, with tables for two or four, so you can have a quiet conversation over pastries and a coffee and enjoy the ambience in style. They also sell wine by the glass, so you can take your time over lunch and savour the flavours with a matching wine. Their cafe menu is European influenced and changes with the latest fresh produce, with black truffles utilised in the winter truffle season.
The breakfast items on the menu range between $9 - $24 and include creative dishes such as "Duck Rillettes on hot sourdough", "Snow White's toast with shrunken apple" and a "Breakfast Cheese Selection". Lunch prices range between $8 - $24 and include "Bresaola, coffee oil, Jerusalem artichoke pate and pickled raspberries", "Mushroom, salsa di noci & gorgonzola pizza" and " Swede & apple soup".
Creative flavours, quality produce. Source: Silo Bakery and Cafe website
When you walk into the café, the first thing that catches your eye is the long bench of pastries on display, starting from $7 per tart. The colour, gloss and range of tarts is simply mouth watering. The bakery side of the establishment is evident as you walk down the aisle of tables at the back of the café and see the racks of bread trays in the side of the kitchen, and inhale the amazing smells coming from within. Silo Bakery and Café has been selling artisan bread to locals for over 10 years and has gathered a strong following, with locals coming back each week for their tasty breads and desserts. It isn't hard to see why.
Colourful tarts and fresh artisan breads to choose from
On our visit we, sadly, couldn't stay for lunch, however we visited Silo for their delicious artisan bread sticks to take home for when guests were coming over for dinner - and of course for some tarts for dessert. On this visit we splashed out and bought multiple Chocolate and Almond, Strawberry and Yoghurt and Chocolate and Cherry tarts, to serve with cream. After savouring their flavours for dessert that night, the table all had a different favourite, however my personal stand out was the Strawberry and Yoghurt tart - with its crunchy pastry, glossy surface and a creamy, delicious goodness inside.
This is enough reason alone to go back and enjoy another one with a coffee - Parisian style.