Saturday, 5 August 2017

Saga - Enmore, Sydney

It was exciting news to hear that Andy Bowdy had finally opened up in Enmore. The shop is a tiny inconspicuous café on Enmore Road, On my first ever visit, I completely walk past the shop without realising. 

Step into the shop, decked out in natural wood, and be greeted by the stunning display of amazing cakes and pastries. You'll have a hard time narrowing down your selection as there are so many choices!

On one particular weekday, I'm in Newtown for a course and naturally decide to pop into Saga for a hearty breakfast.  I practically have the cafe to myself which is a bonus; weekends would be a different story though, so get in early!

Piccolo latte

The Artificer coffee is good here, but to be honest, I'm mostly here for the desserts. They do have a great all day brunch menu too, worth checking out if you can get a seat.

Corn pudding

I gravitate towards the corn pudding, which is a comforting mix of charred corn, spelt, cornbread crumb, pickled celery and poached egg. It reminds me of a less rich version of the delicious corn fregola dish at Pinbone. 

Cake cabinet

Pastries

There's miniature versions of Andy's signature cakes, plus a whole heap of pastries and tarts. It's an indecisive person's worst nightmare. Since I'm heading to a course straight after, practicality helps me narrow down my choices to options that are more sturdy and transportable.

Pineapple coconut tart

The pineapple and coconut tart is a pimped up version of an asian bakery pineapple tart. Definitely one to get if you love coconut and tropical flavours, the palm sugar glazed pineapple and coconut cream filling is insanely good.

A couple of weeks later, I'm back for my next sugar hit. 

Banana cream pie

I had eyes on the banana cream pie last time so it was first on my list to try. The cream filling is light and airy, topped with a generous serving of chocolate shavings. There's also fresh banana and decadent chocolate tart base - which needs a bit of muscle to crack into as it's quite firm.

Peanut cookie

The peanut cookie is a whopper of a cookie, very buttery and dense. It goes down well with a cuppa. 

The Tony

And of course, I couldn't visit Saga without getting one of the signature cakes. The Tony is named after Andy's dad, and is cheesecake based. There's raspberries, creamy mousse, cheesecake, lemon gel and topped with hazelnuts, freeze dried raspberries and torched meringue. Don't let the size deceive you, this can easily be shared between 2 or 3 people. 

Saga definitely deserves all the attention it's been getting - it's a fantastic little shop to pick up a sweet treat (or five), and the brunch menu is pretty solid too.
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