Food and Drink
Posted by Kate Ballard
05. Apr, 2012
Another day, another café arrives on High Street Northcote. This time it’s Northcote Bakeshop, nestled in that quiet strip just past the Plaza. I reckon you could really call it Thornbury (but I live south of the river so don’t believe anything I say.)
Opened last month by Arnold Salinas and Peter Byrne, a barista and baker respectively, this little shopfront is first and foremost a bakery. There is no menu, with all the goods laid out on the counter – think croissants, scones, brownies and perfectly turned out chocolate tarts. Apparently the salted caramel peanut butter biscuits are the business but were sold out when I visited.
Savoury-tooths are also well catered for with pies, pizza, quiche and other bits and bobs. Most notable are the brioche buns made sans sugar. Soft and heavenly. My companion chose the egg and bacon filling ($5) – with chutney on the side please. The eggs were scrambled and squishy and the verdict was “this is really good”. Impressive given that she had been asking on the trip over “how long till we get to the bacon?” It was a Sunday morning after all.
The highlight for me though was the fabulous bread for sale. Where else in Melbourne can you get a really big loaf of sourdough for $5? I grabbed the white loaf but there were also grain and fruit options. And apparently when there are enough brioche buns to go around the guys will sell you those too.
High Street is becoming a crowded battleground for food purveyors, but with their reasonable prices, friendly service and delicious goods, I’m sure Northcote Bakeshop is here to stay.
571A High St Northcote
Tues to Sun 6am-4pm
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