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Published March 26th 2013
Creative, innovative and oh so tasty treats at Sweet Street
As we took a stroll through the mall in Parramatta, we came upon a busy little bee of a bakery and we were thrilled to see it was the one where our date was to be. Sweet Street Bakery was bustling with hungry individuals ready to pick their poison, be it a freshly baked pie, a chocolate éclair laden with creamy custard, or a healthy scoop of salad. Newly launched in early 2013, Sweet Street Bakery isn't your average buns and Bakewells kind of operation. It offers a café experience with a unique and creative selection of French inspired sweets and savouries. With my main mission being to sample their Easter buns in preparation for, well, Easter of course, I was a little taken aback to be informed that the Easter buns were sold out. It was a Thursday morning a couple of weeks out from Easter so you can imagine my surprise that they'd already been snapped up. No matter, a little hiccup like that wasn't to flummox me or my hospitable host and owner of Sweet Street, Leanne.
View out the windows through to the charming church
We were seated in a little nook out of the way, so we could observe the goings on of the establishment and enjoy the atmosphere. The decor was light, bright, innovative and comfortable. The tables are fashioned from recycled wooden electrical cord spools turned on their sides, with simple stools to sidle up to them. I loved the idea of re-purposing something that is so far removed from the cafe furniture scene and integrating it perfectly. Not to mention they looked awesome and added a lot of character. There's also seating outside so you can have a bit of a people-watch as well as look out over to the gorgeous old church and its grounds. Visually you're covered, so to entertain your ears, every Saturday morning you can catch live music right outside the bakery.
Back to the all important food. We started with a few drinks naturally, my other half ordering a cappuccino in a jiff, but true to form I was umming and ahhing over my order. Leanne being the professional she is, could sense what I would desire, suggesting I sample a pot of soy chai tea. Not just any chai tea though I might add. The spice blend is crafted in-house to her standards, to pack a real punch. Not shying away from a little extra spice, which is what truly sings chai to me. I was sold instantly, how did she know me so well? The chai was everything she described, a smooth but spicy hit of chai, served in a gorgeous green pot just to round off the experience. Unlike any chai I'd tried before, I'd have to recommend that all chai lovers give it a go, and any chai sceptics would surely be converted.
When it came down to some foodie fuel, we were choosing between 2 tasty pies. We could have had both, but not being gluttonous we settled on just the one, the chili beef pie. The pie had crispy, flaky pastry encasing the luscious beef that had just the right amount of chili. It let you know it was there, but in a polite and pleasant manner. All meat used in the pies is Halal, which is in high demand in the area Sweet Street is located. The pies and a range of varying and exciting salads are available for $5, so you can accompany your naughty pie with a bit of healthy salad for good measure.
Luckily for me, a hot cross bun was toasted up for me to try. It had all the hearty, spice flavour you'd expect from an Easter bun, made all the better by a slather of butter to top it off. With the obviously high turnover of these little buns you can be sure to get a fresh, fluffy product for your Easter feast. Along with the bun, we tasted an item I'd had my eye on, the panna cotta raspberry lamington. Yes, it tasted as good as it sounds. Moist and chocolatey with a lovely layer of raspberry to cut through the richness.
Now, while that is all we partook in while we were there, we did in fact take a little haul of goodies home to enjoy. I would love to give an extremely honourable mention to the walnut shortbread, lemon meringue tart, fig and apple tart and the carrot cake. Clearly I didn't mind being a glutton behind closed doors and I just revealed how much of a piggy I really am, but what the heck.
Some tarts and a big bowl of salad waiting for you
There is an enchanting variety of breads, cakes, pastries, pies, salads and more. It really is worth the trip, I will most certainly be back to try some of the fruit tarts and the intriguingly flavoured eclairs. The staff were super friendly and the appropriate amount of attentive. Owner Leanne was also a really down-to-earth, welcoming person who is worth popping in to say hello to. I really enjoyed our chat and her amusing candour. Sweet Street has got what it takes. It leaves you content, charmed and undoubtedly planning your next visit as soon as you step out the door.