My visit to Earlwood’s new New York Patisserie was one of those serendipitous occasions that leaves you feeling a little bit excited about the world. I didn’t know about its opening the day before, so trying some of their cakes and pastries was a nice surprise.
Just one part of the massive cake display.
Although the name seemed vaguely familiar, it took a few minutes to figure out that this was the newest chapter in a small, select chain of Sydney-wide patisseries. The patisserie is just outside a suburban shopping area that bustles throughout the week, making it very quiet inside, but comparatively noisy outside.
The day after opening, the shop front was decorated with beautiful flower bouquets.
The display stretches at least half the length of the shop and features an array of impressive sweet delights. Layered chocolate cakes topped with a mass of meringue and chocolate shavings, colourful cheesecakes, glossy fruit tarts and caramelised meringue tips assault my eyes - it’s almost too much to take in!
It all looks delicious, decadent and rich, with a few lighter nibbles and some savoury items scattered through the collection.
Their pies and sausage rolls are nothing to write home about. The pastry is flaky and crunchy, but the flavours could definitely be improved.
We eat with our eyes, and that pie looks really good.
The real stars here are the desserts - with such a vast and unique range. My guinea pig was the concorde; a chocolate and meringue cake, that was decadent and rich, yet light and slightly crunchy. The flavour combination and the varying textures on the palate were completely unexpected and thoroughly yummy.
The Concorde - an enticing combination of meringue and chocolate. Have you ever seen anything like it?
If meringue isn’t your thing, pick from the huge range of desserts on offer and if you want some for the road, take away desserts and whole cakes are available too.
Delicious looking coffee. Because, let's face it, if coffee and cake ever broke up we'd all be devastated.
While the coffee here isn't bad, neither scalding, nor overtly bitter - complementing the sweetness of the cakes well, and the savoury pastries on hand are golden and crisp, at the end of the day, New York Patisserie is really all about the cakes. Unique varieties, adventurous flavours and a huge array of colours and textures - New York Patisserie is a cake lover’s candyland.
Where: Shop 1, 22 Clarke Street, Earlwood, 2206.
Cost: $10 - $25 per person.
When: Monday - Saturday from 8am - 6pm. Sunday from 8am - 5pm.
Good for kids: Yes.
Take away: Yes.