For the last 12 months Westfield Miranda, in Sydney's south has undergone some pretty major renovations with over a 100 new retail stores, a new movie theatre and a new outdoor dining precinct due to open soon. While not all the renovations are yet complete, the best of them - the new Fresh Food Hall, has already had it's grand opening.
Bannos Brownies at the new Fresh Food Hall at Westfield Miranda.
The raw wood and wrought iron décor gives this fresh food hall an organic, yet contemporary farmer's market feel and the stores and stalls found here overflow with fresh produce and unique products not found at every other food court across the country.
One such place, Bannos Brownies, a little stall located in the centre of the food hall, boasts over 40 different brownie flavours, from the traditional chocolate and peanut to the less traditional Skittles brownie, and manages to draw the attention of all that pass by.
Witty signs and placards hang all around the small stall.
Calling themselves 'browniesmiths,' Bannos pride themselves on their eclectic flavour offerings, with brownies stuffed with pistachio and macadamia to those accented with your favourite candy and an assortment of fruity flavours from cherry to cinnamon apple. With so many options, deciding on your Bannos Brownies brownie can become a rather overwhelming task.
The 'browniesmiths' at Bannos have concocted over 40 different flavour combinations.
The cream cheese and chocolate swirl brownie ($3.90) is basically chocolate fudge with cheesecake on top - and it's delicious. The slightly tart cheese works well to cut through the super sweet fudgy brownie base and makes for a decadent treat. The only thing missing from this brownie is the crisp crust characteristic of a traditional brownie, but if you can live without the crisp shell, then this cream cheese and chocolate brownie is a fudgy delight.
The delectably fudgy cream cheese brownie.
While nuts and fruit are relatively standard additions to the brownie, the 'browniesmiths' at Bannos have pushed the envelope a little further by adding candy to the mix. Skittles, M&M's, Oreos, Bounty and Twix are but a few of the candy and chocolate flavours on offer.
One of the many candy flavours available - the Snickers brownie.
The Snickers brownie ($3.90), is exactly what it sounds like - a rich chocolate brownie dotted with chunks of Snickers chocolate bar. Combining all the best things; peanuts, caramel and chocolate, this brownie is everything you want a brownie to be - the perfect cross between a cookie and a cake in texture and rich and indulgent in flavour.
Perhaps the most refreshing thing about Bannos (no, it's not their lemonade brownie) is the fact that they treat this humble lunchbox snack as it should be. Besides the eclectic flavours, there is a genuine 'no-frills' approach to everything. No elaborate names involving tutti-fruity this or bubbling molten chocolate that, and the brownies are packaged in a simple brown paper bag - like your mum would have done when you were at school, you know, before schools banned everything with nuts and sugar in them.
Bannos has over 16 gelato flavours to choose from.
If for some peculiar reason your inclination is not towards brownies, Bannos also all serves up mountains of luscious gelato in a variety of delectable flavours and also does a pretty great coffee (small, $3).
So, for tasty, well priced brownies and excitingly intriguing flavour combinations, make sure to visit Bannnos Brownies at the new Fresh Food Hall at Westfield Miranda.
Where: Fresh Food Hall, Level 1, Westfield Miranda, 600 Kingsway, Miranda, 2228.
Cost: All brownies are $3.90.
When: Open Monday - Wednesday and Friday - Saturday from 9.30am-6pm. Thursday from 9.30am-9pm and Sunday from 10am-6pm.
Good for kids: Definitely.
Take away: Yes.