Black Star Pastry, Newtown
Chocolate Caramel Tart, $5
These beautiful Chocolate Caramel tarts were recently featured in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Living section in a story about the new trend of adding a hint of salt to sweets, an idea that I wholeheartedly support. Another great idea is going to Black Star Pastry in Newtown and eating some, or all, of Christopher The’s delicacies.
Raspberry Galette, $6
I’m lucky because my lovely friend Elise works here, so when I stopped in on my way to pick up my luncheon partner she gave me some great advice – “come back quickly, sometimes we sell out fast!”.
We returned soon after, choosing to take away and eat in the park, as there is very limited seating at the actual shop. Never fear though, the lovely Camperdown Memorial park is very close
Inside, Black Star Pastry has a really homely feel. Trays of cakes and tarts cover the benches, beautiful breads line the side wall, and a big blackboard at the back shouts out those items that aren’t on display.
There is so much choice, and so many people in this tiny space, jostling for a peek at the picture perfect pastries that I am a little overwhelmed. During a welcome lull I chat with Elise; “try the lamb shank and red wine pie”, she suggests. Sold. Another tip? “Don’t double up! Get different things and share”, agreed!
Quiche Lorraine $5, Lamb Shank and Red Wine Pie $7 (Cannele).
We take our spoils to the park, my mouth watering the entire way, find a shady spot and dig in. Elise was right, my Lamb Shank and Red wine pie is amazing. This is miles above your average bakery pie, see, Black Star Pastry is not your average bakery. The filling is mostly meat, yielding and so flavourful, and the pastry is light, tender and buttery. Best. Pie. Ever. Like the best stew ever wrapped up in the best pastry ever.
Clockwise from top: Chocolate and Caramel Tart, lemon curd biscuit, cannele, macaron
Our dessert selection was wonderful, as expected – though my eyes are a little bigger than my stomach, I must admit. The lemon curd was so lemony and light, the salt in the chocolate and caramel tart really brought out the sweetness, but balanced it at the same time, delightfully. The cannele and macaron were delicious, and gone in an instant.
I’m no pastry expert, but everything I tasted was simple, made with good quality ingredients and perfectly executed. More than that, everything looked amazing and was very well priced. So, we went back again for lunch, a few weeks later.
Goats Cheese and Leek Quiche $5, Lamb Shank and Red Wine Pie $7.
My Goats Cheese and Leek Quiche was just the right balance of salty cheese and sweet vegetable, the pastry again was spot on. I didn’t hear much from my friend while he savoured his pie.
Custard Tart $5, Strawberry Crumble $4.50
Our desserts, this time I was more restrained in my purchases, were as delicious as expected.
While this beautiful weather continues, there is no decision when it comes to Saturday Lunch, Black Star Pastry treats, eaten in the park. When winter arrives, I’ll be there, perched on a stool, being warmed by the lamb shank and red wine pie. Thats right, I am enamored with Black Star Pastry.
Black Star Pastry
277 Australia St,
ph: 02 9557 8656