Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Eveleigh Markets, Black Star Pastry, Pastizzi Cafe (Newtown Food Tour Part 1 - 31st July)

        After the Food Tour of Cabramatta, a group of us decided to get together again and explore another suburb. It was decided that John would play host this time and show us around his neighbourhood, Newtown. The first stop is Eveleigh Farmer's Markets.
        Ryan and I were running late so we had to try and catch up with the group inside the markets. I was mesmerised by all there was to see so kept getting distracted on the way to look for the others - look at the gorgeous fresh produce!

        Ryan was also hungry as we hadn't had breakfast yet so the only thing on his mind was food so this is where I found him. Nothing gets in between a hungry Ryan and his food. He wasn't all selfish though and picked up two pastries from Shepherd's Bakehouse.

        This was my Thai Chicken... "Pie". Ryan had already eaten almost all of his beef one by the time I finished taking a photo of mine. The pastry was luciously flaky and buttery, the filling was piping hot, and well seasoned, a nice curry gravy with tender pieces of chicken. It was soooo good.

        Oh look it's Kylie Kwong! Ryan didn't seem interested though so it was a quick point and shoot and move on to look for the others.

My other love in life.

        We finally catch up with the group but then Ryan is still hungry so wonders off in search of food, he catches my eye and I come over to see what has caught his attention. It's a blini bar (crepes).

Blini's made to order.

        Ryan gets a lemon and sugar blini. I take a bite and managed to get hot lemon and sugar dripping all over me and somehow all over my handbagbag too. Such a messy eater I am.

Pretty ornament next door on the Indonesian food stand.

        Richard mentions that the lady from Gumnut Chocolates is very fond of bloggers. All I heard was chocolate and went looking for the stand. She let me sample some of the chocolates and short bread. All pretty scrumptious.

        I can't walk past and sample and not buy any chocolates. The two on the outside are lemon myrtle and the one in the middle is wattleseed. The chocolates are beautifully coloured, I discover that the middle one is also coloured on the underside when I eat it later at home. Ryan and I eat the two lemon myrtle ones as we walk away from the markets.

Oh look it's The Biscuit Tree! - Hi chocolatesuze's Mum.

        Thirsty Ryan finds a pineapple and mint juice. Was really refreshing and delicious. And I somehow manage to spill some of this on myself too.

        We pass by the Eumundi Smokehouse stand (review from Not Quite Nigella) and the smell and sight is just alluring. As we keep losing the others there is no time to stop, Ryan quickly picks up a sample of something and hands it to me and I happily snack on it. I seriously am just down the road from these guys. Have always walked pass the store front which is all blacked out wondering what is inside. I've either never been home or am too lazy to leave the house to get there within their limited trading hours. Will have to make it a mission to visit one day.

        Ohhh giant meringues! And jams and spreads! Rhubard and plum jams were good here at Bird Cow Fish.

Giant Meringues.

More flowers!

We finally leave the crowds and make our way to Newtown.

        We follow John along mainstreet Newtown not really knowing where we are being taken. We turn into a small street and end up at Black Star Pastry. I take a sticky beak inside. It's a teensy weensy little shop, with some (minimal) seating in a bay window and stools lining outside the front of the shop. It feels very cosey and homey inside and the counter takes up most of the space, displaying an array of different goodies on offer.
        As there is barely any room to move, a few of us stay outside awaiting for the goodies to be brought out. These four are pretty much the signature items, chocolate caramel tart, watermelon cake, persian fig, quince & orange cake, and a meringue pyramid. So that everyone could have a taste, we try and split each cake into 7, a hard task it was and they just looked too pretty to eat. I think the favourite was the watermelon cake, it was so light and refreshing. Next favourite would probably be the lemon meringue pyramid, there was a pleasant suprise of basil infused into the lemon curd and I just love how the pyramid has been constructed. The chocolate caramel tart is interesting with a hint of salt added though was quite messy to be sharing around. The fig & orange cake was soft and delicate, reminding me of spring.

        So we finish shooting and eating and get lead down to the south side of King Street. I must admit that I rarely ever think about coming down this way. Even though I live close by to Newtown I have an image in my mind of weird people, traffic jams, and parking chaos so rarely ever visit. Public transport to Newtown is easily accessible right outside my  front door but my dislike for public transport and crowds means I drive to most places.
        Our next stop is the Pastizzi Cafe. I LOVE pastizzi. I never knew though that Pastizzi originated from Malta, you learn something new every day! We also get our first (and last) crazy Newtown encounter here at this cafe, I think there was a huge sigh of relief all around when the slightly crazy lady got up to leave.

        When dining with food bloggers, this is what happens. Everything gets cut up so that everyone is able to sample it all. There are 12 different savoury flavours available, we don't get to sample them all though as they were not all available at the time. I can't remember all the flavours we tried but I was pretty impressed. The pastry was just gorgeously flaky, the fillings were all well seasoned and I loved all the different flavours on offer.

        Now comes the sweet pastizzi. They have 3 sweet fillings available, apple, cherry cheese, and chocolate & ricotta. We only get to sample the apple and chocolate & ricotta. They look so good dusted with the icing sugar, salivating right now as I am looking at the photo.

        Look at the mess we're making. The apple is cooked perfectly, not too sweet and the flaky pastry compliments the filling perfectly, can't go wrong with a classic apple pastry. The chocolate and ricotta combination is a nice suprise too, can't quite describe it but they two flavours blend really well. Apparantly the coffees are really good here but I pass on the caffeine hit as I'm not in a coffee mood.
        In addition to the pastizzi, a range of pasta's and other meals is also on offer, but you can't come to the Pastizzi Cafe and not have any of the pastizzi. They also sells bags of frozen pastizzi for $12 a dozen which I think is quite decent for some quality pastries. Will have to keep this place in mind when I next need my fix of pastizzi.

There is so much to show from my little trip around Newtown so there will be 2 more parts to this tour, stay tuned.

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Pastizzi Cafe on Urbanspoon


Maria said...

It was a fun food filled day now wasn't it! :-)

Simon Food Favourites said...

i spotted those Giant Meringues last weekend. i'm definitely going to get one next time i'm at the markets. they looked amazing :-)

Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

Ahh such a great day with so much good food. The pastizzi were a highlight. And nothing like feeding your handbag so it doesn't feel left out :)

OohLookBel said...

Haha, some of Newtown *is* a bit weird! I buy my handbags from Leo Monk (southern end of King St) if you need a new one :)

penny aka jeroxie said...

Next time I am up in Syd, I need to make sure that I visit Eveleigh Farmer's Markets. I love the markets.

john@heneedsfood said...

Yes it was a great day of wandering and grazing. I loved how Ryan was distracted by the food at Eveleigh and those markets near Black Star.

Richard Elliot said...

The pastizzi were great. I'm glad you liked Helen and my expert cutting skills! ;-)

Forager @ The Gourmet Forager said...

I could definitely do with some lemon and sugar blinis right now - they sounds delish!

Gastronomy Gal said...

who cares about mess or spillage. This stuff looks amazing! This food looks infinitely better than the food available at markets around Bris - yummmmm

Betty said...

ive always wanted to go to black star pastry cafe! looks great :)

Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! said...

Hi Maria: Yes definately a fun food filled day! Can't wait until the next one ;)

Hi Simon: Yes they certainly did look amazing, would struggle to finish one all by myself though =D

Hi Helen: Haha oh the kinda food stuff I carry in my handbag sometimes!

Hi Bel: Haha thanks for the tip ;)

Hi Penny: Yeah, there's a few awesome sounding markets around, will have to go and check out some of the others myself

Hi John: Haha I told Ryan about your comment, he said he's like a horse, attracted by many different things.

Hi Richard: Haha oh you were an excellent cutter upperer for the group ;D

Hi Forager: They were scrumptious!

Hi Gastronomy Gal: Next time I'll have to carry some wet wipes or maybe a towel to wipe off that spillage on the handbag =D Shame Brisbane doesn't have the same offerings

Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! said...

Hi Betty: It's a must visit just to try the watermelon cake! =)