This is where the old Bowerbird boutique used to be in Seddon and I love the quiet, cool vibe inside. The terrazzo floor is quaint and strangely soothing as you lean back against dove-grey walls, accented by peasant chic handmade lace doilies.
Everything here is sourdough, from the white casalinga made with organic flour to vegan tray-baked pizzas, fat fruit buns and (no kidding) sourdough croissants. The bread range begins with classic casalinga and earnest wholegrain before dallying into spelt, sultana and rosemary, and pepita-studded pumpkin territory. The more standard loaves are available by the half which is a fantastic way for smaller households to never be out of fresh bread.
Great coffee made with Genovese that rarely disappoints.
Pork and fennel sausage roll, $5
The menu is small but confident. The generous pork and fennel sausage rolls are truly the best in Melbourne! Sweet pork mince is augmented by the occasional aniseed zing of fennel seeds, rolled in luscious, buttery puff pastry. An abundance of sweet homemade chutney arrives alongside.
Three types of square-cut, tray-baked pizza all get the vegan tick. Here we have wafer-thin potato and rosemary on a chewy sourdough base. A scattering of salt flakes could take it to the next level.
Hearty, freshly-made sandwiches on thick-cut bread. Here, bitey cheese complemented tasty pastrami and tangy baby pickles. Delicious. Did you know that Sourdough Kitchen are very community-minded, supplying local food co-ops and donating excess bread to the Western Region Health Centre?
I am hopelessly enamoured with Sourdough Kitchen's pain au chocolat - light croissant dough rolled around a Callebaut dark chocolate stick. The croissants are also fabulous, the sourdough starter giving them a faint but tantalising sour tang. Sourdough is healthy, ergo, sourdough croissants are healthy. Right? Right?
* Okonomiyaki recipe coming next week!
Sourdough Kitchen (Facebook)
172 Victoria Street, Seddon
Phone: 9687 5662
UPDATE AUGUST 2012 - NOW OPEN SEVEN DAYS
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