Olaf’s Artisan Bakery, Mt Eden

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Olaf’s Artisan Bakery truly lives up to its name – as soon as you enter you are greeted with the sight of gorgeous cakes, tarts, and pastries that make the mouth water… and we haven’t even started with their main menu yet! Their specialty is traditional European breads, which they supply to notable eateries such as Ostro and the Sugar Club. The open kitchen beside the dining area is a nice touch, allowing you to watch the bread being made as you eat.

We’ve been here a few times, and each time, despite my resolutions to try something new, I simply can’t get past the french toast with lemon curd, mascarpone, and raspberry compote ($19). The toppings are a nice change from the standard bacon and banana, and there is just something amazing about the flavour and texture of the bread that I can’t seem to put in words – it’s the crust, I think, and the smell… On the other hand, their iced passionfruit tea ($6) was almost unbearably sweet, and tasted more like passionfruit juice than tea.

The last time we came, my partner ordered the risotto with porcini mushrooms and pesto ($20). Despite my initial reservations (ordering risotto at a bakery!), it really did turn out pretty well, with a nice creamy texture and flavoursome taste. Next on the list to try are their pizzas, and the lovely counter treats that I never have seem to have space for after their mains. I did take away a chocolate danish once, and it was heaven in a brown paper bag, despite being eaten many hours later.

True, they are a bit pricey, but their quality makes up for it. I would definitely return, but will be sticking to their standard drinks.

 

Cost: $15 – $25 pp
Food: 4 Stars
Service: 4 Stars
Ambience: 4 Stars
Value for money: 3 Stars

 

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