|Cakes display at Textbook|
This is one textbook you'd like to open. Or visit, to be exact.
Textbook Boulangerie-Patiserrie, as per the name, is a bakery slash dessert place that is not only popular because of their dainty little cakes, but also the croissants and danishes.
Their open kitchen is an exciting sight, with loaves of bread lining one corner of the place - glorious brown stacks and lines of freshly made bread. We tried their fruit loaf offered as sample on the counter, a springy bread with citrus-y tinge.
|Textbook Boulangerie-Patisserie interior|
We were there for an early breakfast, and thank lords they open at 7 a.m. Our eyes went straight to the breakfast specials of the day, and I couldn't miss the chance of dark chocolate and orange croissant.
It really was a perfectly made pastry - intricate layer upon layer with crunchy outer side and buttery, soft inside. The dark chocolate and orange killer combo brought the memory of Jaffa straight away; the cream was creamy, sweet, fragrant.
|Croissant special of the day - wild orange & dark chocolate ($7.5)|
The ham and cheese croissant had the same blistering skin outside, but this was has the tasty ham and melty cheese. I want it bigger!
|Ham & cheese croissant (Bangalow double smoked ham with gruyere and provolone cheese) - $7.5|
Here you go, if you still don't buy my description about how amazing the croissant is. I reckon it will still be good on its own.
The other special was house made pumpkin hummus on Textbook rye toast with poached egg and pumpkin seeds, which was enjoyed very much. Although I did not try much of it, the hummus had great texture and great paired with the crusty bread and the squishy eggs.
|Breakfast special: house made roast pumpkin hummus on Textbook rye toast topped with poached egg and pumpkin seeds - $12|
The 'Jersey' breakfast burrito could pass as a lunch, and the best part of it was probably the tangy and sweet, textural, moreish house made tomato chutney. For the rest of it, well, you can never go wrong with the egg, bacon, mushroom, cheese union, can you?
|The 'Jersey' breakfast burrito (truffled scrambled egg, bacon, tomato, mushrooms, spinach, house made tomato chutney and provolone cheese in toasted tortilla wrap) - $14|
Mushroom trio on toast was probably the best breakfast item ordered that day - juicy and well-seasoned mushrooms trifecta made it such a heavenly dish, especially with that perfectly poached egg. And by this time I was already a big fan of their breads.
|Mushroom trio on toast (king brown, enoki, and button mushrooms, sauteed with spinach, topped with a poached egg and parmesan served on seeds & grain toast) - $14|
After pressing our faces onto the display cabinet and taking our time weighing our options with these petite cakes, Yvonne took the liberty of choosing these two.
|Cheesecake (front) and Blood Peach (back)|
The Blood Peach had blood peach mousseline, yoghurt & citrus cream, citrus crunch, and vanilla sponge. It was delicate, pretty, and look at that glossy glaze!
One bite and the sugar kicked us straight on. The crunch added some textural contrast, but we were hoping for some more acidity to balance everything.
|Blood Peach - $8.8|
The Cheesecake, although I was not too keen on it at first, was surprisingly the better one between the two. The layered petite cake was a calvados and vanilla cheesecake with apple jelly and fennel almond biscuit.
It was creamy, crunchy, and had this eye-popping tang from the apple jelly. Calvados, which is apple brandy from France, gave the cake a wafting apple aroma.
|Cheesecake - $8.8|
Of course, they also offer coffees and tea, both for take away and dine in. The reports were that coffee were more than decent, and my chai latte had perfect temperature, spiciness, and sweetness.
Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Great croissants and pastries, good cakes for the sweet tooth, reasonable prices, great and relaxing ambiance.
274 Botany Rd
Phone: (02) 9699 6156
Web: Textbook Boulangarie-Patisserie