I'm a freelance writer in Brisbane who is passionate about the food and wine scene in the Granite Belt, Queensland. I am writing a book of the people and food of Stanthorpe and plan to launch the publication in 2014.
Published June 23rd 2014
Warning: best almond croissants in south-east Queensland
Zest is a new bakery-café decorated in citrus colours on Maryland Street in Stanthorpe set in an Art Deco shop front. The house specialty is traditional sourdough baked bread as well as French pastries.
The standout favourite of the menu was the sourdough almond croissants. At $5.50, they are huge and were more than enough for breakfast alone. Be decadent and try the chocolate almond croissants: heaven in a pastry.
Long line-up: Pastries go fast on a Saturday morning at Zest in Stanthorpe
Vincenza's coffee is served in a cup, mug and even a bowl. Cups start from $3.80 and the bowl is $6.00.
During our visit, buskers played guitar on the pavement beside the Zest outdoor seating. Choose to listen to music or inside out of the Granite Belt winter chill to enjoy your bakery treats.
There's an activity mat and toys for the young kids so adults can enjoy a hot coffee on a cold day during Brass Monkey season. Breakfast on a Saturday morning is very popular, with bacon and egg ciabatta for $6.50, and for lunch, Zest has an assortment of handmade pies and sausage rolls as well as sandwiches made with their sourdough bread.
But you don't have to wonder how Zest makes such delicious breads and pastries. The Zest owner also hosts workshops on how to make croissants and sourdough bread according to traditional French recipes. For details, see Zest Pastries on Facebook or call the bakery to find out dates.