I’ve heard of the legendary pastries of Abbots and Kinney and have long wanted to come down and try them. One such opportunity presented itself on a Tuesday morning that I was off and Mr Foodie happened to be on a job in the city. Well, well, well here’s our chance. A quick 30 minutes, it’s all we need. We found the store on Pirie Street, sitting beside Chicken & Pig. As soon as we walked in the waft of fresh buttery pastries lifted us. The sounds of the coffee machine and fragrant scent of coffee beans made it even more promising. Beautifully displayed on the counter were some of the fluffiest, puffiest, highest pastries I’ve seen with great names. Some sweet treats for later perhaps.
We sat down and ordered something from the breakfast menu which is available from 6.30am. I love their creativity with the naming! Their dishes are of course very pastry focused which is exactly what we were here to try. I went for the Danish Harlett. It came out looking glorious it made Mr Foodie so jealous. A base of super puffy pastry topped with guacamole, maple bacon, a soft boiled egg and dukkah. Their danish pastry truly was amazing. Buttery and light, crispy and fluffy at the same time. The soft boiled eggs were perfect with a creamy yolk while the maple bacon added a little sweetness. Guacamole and some pickles on the side were brilliant to cut through the rich flavours while the dukkah gave it some nice aromatic crunch. Delicious!
Mr Foodie went for the Barry Croquer, their take on the French classic Croque Monsieur. One of his favourite dishes. Instead of brioche or bread Abbots and Kinney uses a butter croissant and fills it with gruyere, béchamel sauce and leg ham. This also came with some cornichons to cut through the richness. I didn’t hear a peep from him for the next 5 minutes. He just sat there quietly enjoying (very very much) his Barry Croquer.
As we went up to the counter to pay we couldn’t resist grabbing a couple more pastries from the cabinet. A little something for later seeing as it’s so hard for us to get to the city on a weekday (and I work Saturdays as well). We picked up a Cherry Poppin (cherries and chocolate ganache) and a Cinnamon Nut Danish which both served as excellent afternoon tea snacks later that day. Oh Abbots and Kinney, you are every bit as good as they say you are.
Abbots and Kinney
78 Pirie Street