Friday, June 24, 2011

Banneton Bakery @ Waterworks Road, Brisbane

A favourite past time on Sunday is waking up early and driving out to buy some good bread for the week. There is a lack of words to describe driving on the empty streets at 7am with the windows down, being greeted with the cool wind and that feeling when you reach the destination of fresh bread and pastries. 


My usual drive normally takes me to Choquette, a french bakery where its as french as one can get, down to all the staff who speak English with a very heavy laced French accent. Just the smile and the "bonjour", not to mention the range of sweets and bread makes my day. 


However this post is not about Choquette but rather a close contender for good bread. A recommendation from a colleague, the comment was that it's as good as what Europe can offer. The drive is slightly further, more time to enjoy the wind but was the bread any good?    


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Banneton Bakery was much more quiet, with hardly any customers around. Their range of breads, pastries and cakes can makes one's knees weak (well mine was).


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My usual pattern involves choosing a piece of bread that I will munch on in the car or while the Wife is sleeping. That particular day was a piece of sweet brioche. The rich bread is not for the weak heart. 


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The loaf of the week was a sourdough with olives. I must say for bread this is certainly at the top. For AUD6.50, it is about what you would pay for a good loaf of bread in a class bakery, a small premium considering bread in the supermarket goes for up to AUD5 a loaf. 

Maybe it is the extra distance I have to drive or maybe it was the rather quiet ambience when I first set foot because I haven't been back eventhough the bread is up to scratch. Time to revisit?

Address and contact details:

Banneton Bakery/Cafe on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. One of the few places to go to for really good bread.

6 comments:

Michelle Chin said...

rich brioche, always good to go with a cup of long black. :)

CUMI & CIKI said...

wow Nipples! Great find.. you got me hankering for olive bread now! Do you eat yours with butter or olive oil n vinegar?! :D I vote, salted butter;)

Gastronomy Gal said...

i'm a fan of banneton... But it would be good if it were more easily available. you know there is another one at in Woolloongabba if that is closer to you.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

gastronomy gal: oh wait a minute, now that you mention, this is the gabba outlet..urbanspoon doesnt have the gabba address.

c&c: butterrr... however i just bought some unsalted butter..haha.

mchin: never was into black coffee..although yes, it does seem to make more sense with rich brioche.

Rabbit Sim said...

Yes, Woolloongabba will be closer if you are driving from the city, its on Balaclava St, check out Indian spice shop and continental deli Pennisi Cuiine while you are there. Must try the New York Deli Rye and herb&garlic foccacia. You can even stop for breakkie at nearby Pearl Cafe and browse the surrounding eclectic shops before heading home. Perfect weekend for a foodie.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

rabbit sim: thanks for the tips. i have ticked off pearl cafe and yeah as suspected, i did go to the gabba outlet and not the ashgrove outlet (the one thats on urbanspoon). will def take a look at the indian spice shop!