Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Maker - Petersham, Sydney

MAKER in Petersham is a 100% vegan shared commercial kitchen, providing a fantastic space to create and hold workshops. Best of all, there's a coffee shop attached, selling a lovely range of vegan cakes.


The shop is located on Parramatta Road, which admittedly isn't the nicest place to sit outside. Highly recommend trying to get a table inside instead.  It's conveniently located close to Wild by Ballsy Kombucha (across and down the road) which is also worth checking out. 

Sweet treats

The coffee served here is by Sample, and the sweets are from various bakers, such as My Little Panda Kitchen, The Vegan Teahouseand Rhubarb Bakes, just to name a few. There's also hot and cold drinks, plus a handful of savoury items too.

Rhubarb Bakes Orange cake & M.L.P.K Kingston

The orange cake is lovely and moist (a word I dislike using but there's no other way to describe it!). I enjoy M.L.P.K's version of the Kingston, which is two huge biscuits sandwiching a hearty amount of delicious chocolate ganache. 

Mocha and affogato

Being a vegan cafe, there's many alternative milk options on offer. The affogato is delicious with a fragrant coconut flavour thanks to the Over The Moo dairy free ice cream.

MAKER Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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 cafĂ© 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


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.
Saga Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato