Any person who finds the need to live a gluten free lifestyle, will tell you that the one thing they miss the most is bread. Many of the substitutes crumble apart as soon as you touch them, and are too small to do anything with - or are only edible if toasted first. Rest assured, Sydney residents and visitors can now continue to eat soft, delicious sandwiches which taste almost indistinguishable from the real thing, thanks to the Imperial Gluten Free Bakery at Rydalmere.
The Imperial Gluten Free Bakery - a gluten free haven.
Having opened in mid-2011, the Imperial Gluten Free Bakery has been so successful - they are almost struggling to keep up with themselves. Don’t take that as a bad thing though - it simply means they are so popular, they’ve had to grow much more quickly than anticipated. And it’s no wonder. Not only do they offer the best tasting gluten free wholemeal, white and grain bread that you’ll ever find; they also have a huge range of other products, all of which are gluten free.
A rack of freshly baked gluten free loaves, a sure sight for sore eyes.
Fresh loaves in both small and large sizes are available, as are loaves of fruit bread. For half the price of the fresh loaves, you can get frozen ones, which they always have plenty of stock of. A tip from the owner to make it taste freshly baked: to defrost, sit on a paper towel, flick with a little water, then microwave.
You’ll also find both fresh and frozen dinner rolls and burger rolls - as well as cakes of various varieties; muffins; loaves of banana bread; pizza bases and cookies.
The freezer contains even more tasty treats to feast on.
The freezer is a goldmine for Coeliacs and those who have to or choose to eat gluten free. There, you’ll find garlic bread, pies, pizzas, quiches and focaccia rolls. They also stock a range of gluten free pantry essentials, candies, as well as their own blend of gluten free bread crumbs.
A good supply of pantry essentials is available for purchase.
You only have to speak to anyone working at the store to understand how passionate they are about what they do. They will never sell you something they think is below-par, and will always let you know about the best way of eating their products. Feel free to make any requests as well - after asking if they had any hot dog buns, and being told how difficult they were to make, I happily found some long white bread rolls there only a couple of weeks later.
The Imperial Bakery is open six days a week.
Perhaps what makes the bread and other baked goods at Imperial Bakery so special is that the owner, Joseph Maroun, is not a Coeliac or gluten intolerant himself. A baker his whole life, he wanted to make goods that his relatives and friends who had to eat diets free of gluten could enjoy. This meant not settling for something that didn’t taste wonderful, just because it was ‘better than nothing.’
The prices at the Imperial Bakery are also a surprise for anyone who has regularly bought gluten free products. There is no major mark-up; in fact, the prices are similar to what you would expect in a normal, gluten-filled bakery. This means you can buy one of everything - which is great because trust me, you will want to.
Thanks to the Imperial Gluten Free Bakery, you'll be able to have meals like this again.
Even better for some is that you can purchase these gluten free goods online, and have it either delivered to you or pick it up from their Rydalmere store. If you're interested in that option, you can find them by clicking here.
The Imperial Gluten Free Bakery has a stall every year at Sydney’s Gluten Free Expo, and every year they sell out of their products. If that doesn’t say it all, then nothing will. All I can say is if you miss your bread like I did, go here. You’ll never feel like you’re missing out again.
Service with a smile is not just a cliché here, it's a fact.
Where: 215-221 Victoria Road Rydalmere NSW
Why: Because you won't find gluten free baked goods that taste like this anywhere else.
Cost: Prices range from $6 for a fresh loaf or 4 pack of burger buns, to $12 for a 1kg loaf of banana bread. Frozen loaves are half the price.
When: Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30, Sat 9:00-3:00.
Good for kids: Yes, they'll love the cookies covered in sprinkles.
Take away: Yes.