Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sydney 2012: Flour & Stone, Woolloomooloo

In my last post about our Sydney trip (Adriano Zumbo at The Star), I told you that I love rustic, home-style cakes - so you can imagine my delight when I walked into Flour and Stone the next morning and saw this gorgeous spread! Mismatched cake stands, wooden boards, beautiful handmade cakes, donuts, cookies and tarts. Gorgeous!


Flour and Stone
53 Riley Street
Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011
Ph: (02) 8068-8818
Website

I heard about Flour and Stone a few months ago, when I saw super-blogger Penny from Jeroxie upload a picture of their chocolate and salted caramel tart to Instagram. Zomg! I swiftly googled Flour and Stone, saw it was in walking distance from our hotel and added it to our Sydney itinerary!

We arrived at about 11 on a Saturday morning. I was worried they'd be crazy busy, but luckily we were able to get a table and there was still heaps of cake left. Phew! (N.B. they're not open on Sundays!)

Flour and Stone, Woolloomooloo
In addition to those cakes, they sell cute iced cookies (yay for rainbows!), breads, savoury tarts and sandwiches, as well as breakfasty items like eggs and soldiers, granola, and toast. However, it appeared that we were all in the mood for coffee and cake.

Breakfast at Flour and Stone, Woolloomooloo

Cafe Latte - $3.00
The coffees were a little hotter than I usually like, but other than that it was a good, rich latte.

Check out their amazing apple tart!
Fine apple tart - $5.00
It's just puff pastry and very thinly sliced apples, packed in nice and close in a pretty pattern. A simple idea, executed perfectly. I thought the caramelised edges of apple pieces looked so beautiful, and beneath them the apples had cooked to a tender filling. Love! (It looked so much nicer than my previous attempt at a tarte fine aux pommes, so I reckon I better get practising!)

Lemon Capri Torte - $5.00
After much indecision, I decided on a lemon Capri torte: a gluten-free polenta and almond meal cake, with a sharp hit of lemon. The cake was lovely and moist, and I particularly liked the gritty texture that the polenta provided. The icing sugar on top also made a pleasing thin crust - I think it the cake must have been dusted with icing sugar whilst still hot. I'm totally on the lookout for a similar recipe - if anyone has a good lemon polenta cake recipe that looks like the one above, please share!

Pear Bran Muffin - $4.50
An's bran muffin was also a winner. The name "Bran muffin" gives the impression of a dry, virtuous snack, but this was really delicious. It was both moist and toothsome, with a nice texture from the bran. It also contained a couple of juicy pear slices, some crunchy sunflower seeds and a white cheese (I'm thinking ricotta or fromage frais?). Very nice!

And finally... I know we didn't really need another cake, but I just had to try the panna cotta lamington, after having read rave reviews about it on both Lorraine and Penny's blogs.
Panna Cotta Lamington - $5.50
Unlike your regular, dry, supermarket lamginton, the sponge cakes for these lamingtons are soaked in a panna-cotta flavoured mixture before being sandwiched with jam, dipped in chocolate and covered in coconut shavings. It was so good! If you like lamingtons then this is a must order!
Mmm... lamington

I thought Flour and Stone was an excellent cafe, and I was so glad that we put it on our eating itinerary! We did struggle to eat four cakes between the three of us, but there were still so many more cakes and goodies I wanted to try! I'll have to come back on my next visit to Sydney. And although there's a common perception that Sydney is very expensive, the prices at Flour and Stone were very reasonable - cheap, even! I'd struggle to think of a cafe in Melbourne of a similar quality that sells coffee for $3 and cakes for $5!

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This is the fourth post in my 2012 Sydney Trip series.

7 comments:

Nic@diningwithastud said...

That polenta cake looks fab :D I'd love the recipe as well if you get one.

Iron Chef Shellie said...

Toooooootally on my list for the next trip. That lamington sound freakin amazeballs!

Hannah said...

That polenta almond and lemon tart has STOLEN MY SOUL. I bet that could be so easily dairy and gluten free!!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I'm sop glad that you enjoyed it there. I don't think that there was a single item that I didn't love! :D

msihua said...

So may F&S pictures on my instagram feed lately! Good to know that it is good :)

msihua said...

So may F&S pictures on my instagram feed lately! Good to know that it is good :)

Adrian (Food Rehab) said...

Yay for rainbows indeed! LOL
I agree- the spread of cakes is crazy good. I don't know how you made a choice!

The Apple tart is waaaay pretty. So purty!