I planned our Little Aussie trip very well, and made sure I had a list of places that I had to visit and tried to tick them all off ~ I would also like to say thank you to all Sydney Instagrammers who left a comment giving me recommendations and suggestions of where to go ~ THANK YOU!
I was going through my photos and I had so many places I wanted to blog about…but nothing could have stopped me from blogging about Flour and Stone first. It has got to be one of the most praised and blogged about bakery in Sydney and I have to agree with everyone else it is FANTASTIC!
I previously emailed Charlie from Hotly Spiced and asked if she would like to meet up and she said yes ~ YAY! Our plane arrived at 10:30am, we immediately rushed to the hotel, dropped off our luggage and jumped into a cab. It’s actually quite easy to walk/drive past Flour and Stone on the quiet Riley St. As I was about to head in, someone called out “Daisy?” I turned around and there was Charlie 🙂 I immediately recognised her from the photos on her blog ~
I was quite surprised that Flour and Stone was such a small cafe, no wonder they wouldn’t take bookings, but very kindly reserved a table for us, because Charlie had called them that morning. We got the nice table in the middle, I couldn’t take my eyes off the glass cabinet with all the cakes, tarts, pastries and most important the FAMOUS Panna Cottta Lamington!
But I was trying to be good and balance my diet with both savoury and sweets 😛
The menu was written on a large piece of butcher’s paper and placed on the wall, it had a small selection of sandwiches and pies, along with coffee and tea options. Being quite hungry, we promptly made our choices. Charlie got the chicken, leek and tarragon pie, and even though I didn’t try it, she seemed to really enjoy it commenting it had a “lovely tarragon flavour”.
Mr Bao opted for the lighter option, Poached Chicken sandwich with corn, avocado, letter and chilli mayonnaise. We were both so impressed with how fresh and delicious this sandwich was ~ this is the perfect example of simple things done very well! The bread was toasted and had a lovely crunch, along with the poached chicken which was still tender and the chilli mayo was slightly spicy but not too hot. One word YUM!
I actually wanted something quite salty and filling so, so I got the Wagyu beef sandwich with mature cheddar and tomato relish. Once again I was very impressed with the bread ~ It was so delicious! I’m not sure if they make it in house, but it was just so fresh! The wagyu beef reminded me of roasted beef with more flavour and it went very well with the mature cheddar cheese. I enjoyed it so much Mr Bao couldn’t even sneak a bite 😛
Now to cakes and sweet 🙂 I really hope I didn’t scare Charlie, because I went all out…and ordered 5 things for the 3 of us lol
Please allow me to use caps locks 😛 THIS IS THE MOST FREAKING AMAZING LAMINGTON I HAVE EVER HAD! I’ve never liked lamingtons they’re dry, crumble with very little flavour and not enough coconut…but this was super moist, with a lovely chocolate coating, sweet raspberry jam and heaps of coconut!
This is SERIOUSLY the BEST can I repeat that? THE BEST LAMINGTON! Okay sorry, I’ll stop 😛
Then the purple carrot cake 🙂 I’ve never had a carrot cake made out of purple carrots before, you couldn’t really tell…it was light and moist with a small dollop of cream cheese frosting. I thought the cake could have been sweeter 😛 but Mr Bao said it was fine as it lol
Charlie chose the donut filled with jam and custard, the donut had such a great texture, fluffy, bouncy and not at all dry like some donuts I’ve had 🙂 It also had the perfect amount of jam and custard.
Have I told you I love Salted caramel? Couldn’t go pass a lovely looking salted caramel tart ~ we really liked the tart case and found the filling not that sweet, but Mr Bao and Charlie thought it could have been a little more ‘salted’ hehe
I remember seeing these pretty Ginger Bread cookies on Lorraine (Not Quite Nigella) blog and have been waiting to try these ~ they were too pretty to eat hehe. Once again I’m not a fan of gingerbread but Flour and Stone did a great job! They were still moist with a strong but not overpowering ginger taste ~
Mr Bao and I also got drinks, he got the flat white and I got my signature mocha. We both enjoyed our coffees and even though I usually like my coffees stronger, the light flavours went really well with all the cakes we had hehe ~
That concludes our first visit to Flour and Stone with Charlie 🙂 It was the loveliest way to start our Little Aussie trip ~ Charlie is just like her blog, charming, funny and honest! I really enjoyed meeting up and hope I’ll see her again soon!
Now you didn’t expect me to just leave Sydney like that did you? 😀 I couldn’t! Even though I was only in Sydney for 2.5 days, lol I managed to go back on the 3rd day before we went to Brisbane ~
This time I only went with Mr Bao and got more cakes! I was very lucky and had got in touch with Nadine Ingram the owner and creator of Flour and Stone through Instagram thanks to Dex (Kewpielovesyou). She came out and greeted us and said she was impressed with my appetite and sweet tooth ~
I basically came back just for this panna cotta lamington, Nadine told me she was inspired by another chef who use to do a similar version, but with a jelly filling instead of jam filling 🙂 I would DIE for the recipe but I know lol it wont be shared so easily so in the mean time, I am happy to fly up to Sydney every so often just for this! Thanh (I Eat Therefore I am) even asked me to bring him back a few and I would if I wasn’t going to Brisbane 😦
There was so much to choose from, but I took the advice from Nadine and the lovely lady behind the counter and tried the rhubarb and ricotta tart. It was fresh out of the oven and was still warm when we had it ~ I was really surprised that it had a sweet yet savoury taste, probably because of the ricotta. Mr Bao really enjoyed it because it wasn’t very sweet, while I just loved how warm and soft it was 🙂
Nadine said that this was one of their best sellers apart from the panna cotta lamington and that they don’t make it every day. The vanilla cake was spongy, super moist with strong vanilla flavours. Definitely one of the best Vanilla cakes I’ve had for a very logn time!
We washed all the cakes and tarts down with this lovely After Mint tea 🙂 I have this new thing for good peppermint tea that is strong but not so much that it tastes like chewing gum hahaha and this definitely quenched our thirst.
I honestly do not know how Nadine and her team do it…they have totally changed my perception of everything I don’t usually like to something so heavingly to eat! I HIGHLY recommend anyone going to Sydney to have to pay Flour and Stone a visit 🙂 I am already planning my next trip back to Sydney just so I can come back ~
PS. Even though I wasn’t able to bring Thanh or anyone else the panna cotta lamington, I was able to bring back the hazelnut torte and everyone seemed to like it 🙂