We’ve heard about this place plenty of times and I’m unsure why it took us so long to visit. Though it’s probably for good reason, for we’d otherwise be the size of a house. The food here is incredible and those pastries are so so good, we could probably devour everything in store.
At the end of Enmore Road in Enmore, you’ll find this narrow little shop, unassuming from the front, with a row of picnic style tables. Although for the moment, seating is not possible with the Covid restrictions, the food is perfect to takeaway. Follow the tables to the counter to find the cabinet of patisserie goods and baked items.
Visionary behind this venture is Andy Bowdy, pastry chef who worked at Hartsyard and now the master at Saga.
Crispy and sugary palmiers, croissant based vegemite scrolls and cinnamon butter doused brioche buns or home made raspberry jam filled donuts. The donuts had the right amount of crispy outer dough and a fluffy filling with a generous portion of raspberry jam.
We also enjoyed the salted honey tart, with its crusty pie pastry and sweet filling.
Have we got your attention yet? The savoury stuff was my favourite. We were lucky to arrive as they pulled the focaccia out of the oven (close to 10am) and this was the freshest focaccia I’ve tasted. Opting for the fennel and onion, the bread was light and fluffy with the perfect amount of olive oil. There was also a potato, rosemary and capsicum option and I understand the toppings change.
Don’t forget that this place is known for its beautifully decorated cakes. Pete’s Pavlova (individual pavlova with passionfruit curd, cocunut chew, vanilla chantilly cream and seasonal fruit) or the fig cake and the most amazing vanilla slice I ever did see (with passionfruit jelly and cream and a caramelised puff pastry).
Image – where_do_i_eat_pete
Coffee wise, I was happy to see them using a favourite of mine, Artificer which really rounded this off into being the perfect visit.
Saga does do a range of New York style sandwiches and paninis, though we were blinded by the sugar and we’ll leave that for our next visit. Oh, and a bourbon milkshake too.
178 Enmore Road, Enmore
Ph: (02) 9550 6386