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