New digs, bread & Bomboloni.

Posted on November 4, 2011

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Baker D’Chorico is to Melbourne what Sonoma is to Sydney, in short, a must see for any artisan bread enthusiast. It is not only wood-fired bread that comes out of the oven, but sweet and savoury treats and soon to commence paninis and sandwiches for lunch. The new retail outlet in Carlton opened by Daniel Chirico, offers the north-side easy access to the goodness the south-side has been enjoying for too long. The location is perfect for those picking up paté, cured meat or French cheese at Parisienne Paté, or those choosing to make a gourmet sandwich with a spice rub from Gewurzhaus to pair with some freshly cut sirloin from Donati’s Fine Meats. Their location will be key to success.

The curved wood ceiling and shelving makes the interior warm and inviting. If your not into food, the architecture is incredible. It is nice to see a focus on bread, with a rotating selection of treats. I ventured here on the opening weekend only to loose all of the photos in an upload, round two I tried St Edward: a rosemary and olive loaf, their infamous Bomboloni, a savoury stuffed parcel, a tea cake and a profitterol cake. My previous visit I was introduced to their potato, olive and spinich calzone, which I used as the basis of my pizza recipe last week.

The bread was incredibly moist and chewy, with the perfect amount of rosemary and olive. The parcel was mildly flavoured, stuffed with spinach and ricotta, although the pastry was buttery and flaky it was no where near as lovely as their vegetarian calzone I had tried the week prior. The tea cake was topped with a sweet pistachio cream and fresh glazed strawberries. Moist and light on sugar, I really enjoyed the texture of the cream and the combination of the strawberries and nuts. It went fairly quick, when Mr M snatched it up. The profiterole was too sweet for my liking, the icing sugar took away from the beautiful cream which filled the profiterole. I could just about write an entire blog post on the Bombolini. These babies are to Italians, what doughnuts are to the west. Light and fluffy doughnuts, filled with a orange scented custard. I could eat a box of these gladly, get in early as they sell fast.

This place has the triple threat factor: great bread, incredible sweets and interesting savoury bites. For those on the south side, I’m sure your well acquainted and if not, I give you your marching orders to their original shop (149 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda). Great place to start a summer picnic, get in early….

Baker D Chirico
178 Faraday Street, Carlton
(03) 9349 3445

Hours
Wed to Sun 8am–6pm

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