Last week I blogged about my visit to Newtown’s maddest fro-yo joint, but what else did I have earlier that day?
Well, once I had accepted an invitation to attend Mooberry, I had had a look at what was in its nearby surrounds and realised a bakery I’ve been wanting to visit for some time, Black Star Pastry, was in the vicinity. I warned Fashion Obsessed Girl and Kulinary Adventures of Kath before we arrived that we couldn’t eat too much as we would be having fro-yo later, and keeping this in mind, we traipsed down the sunny stretch of King Street in search of this little cafe.
Set near the corner of Australia Street, Black Star is a small little artisan bakery with a cosy interior and a somewhat hipster (yet very much friendly) vibe. There’s a small bench for seating inside near the coffee counter and a couple of tables in the sunshine outside.
Cramming ourselves into the little store, we stared at all the goodies available behind the counter.
I was originally planning on trying what everyone was raving about, being the Strawberry & Watermelon Cake, however I’m not a fan of watermelon. I asked the guy behind the counter what he could recommend and he said while everyone came for the aforementioned cake, he personally thought there were much better things and proceeded to point out pastries to us.
We decided to get a pastry and beverage each and because it was too much of a squeeze inside, took them outside the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre to sit in the sunshine. It was a beautifully quiet Sunday and lots of Newtown-ers were lounging in the warm sun, walking their dogs and enjoying their morning coffees.
Fashion Obsessed Girl had ordered a China Jasmine tea ($3.80), with Black Star Pastry offering a selection of T2 loose leaf teas. She had been swayed by the pretty little cakes on the cake stand and had opted for the Orange Cake with Persian Fig and Cream Cheese ($4.50). It came in its own custom-size little noodle box with carry handle, which was quite adorable.
It was quite a buttery, rich cake and the smaller size suited it perfectly. Kath, meanwhile, had selected the Raspberry Brulee ($6), where the toffee top was perfect – not too thin or too thick, and torched to caramelly goodness.
The shortcrust on the brulee very crisp and buttery, while the raspberry custard melted in the mouth. Creamy and sweet, but not overly so thanks to being offset by the tart nature of the raspberries, it was a well-balanced little delicacy. She paired it with their Chai ($4), which is a blend they make themselves on-site.
For me, it was the Pear & Frangipani Tart ($5.20) that called out to me.
I had seen the complete tart on the counter and their individual slices were quarters. With softly cooked pears topping a fragrant, soft frangipani inside, pistachio-crumbed sides and a caramelised top, I thought things couldn’t have been better until I reached the bottom and realised it was the best flaky, rich puff pastry I’ve ever had in my life. I was one very happy girl.
I had had a skinny flat white ($3.80), which is made from Little Marionette coffee beans. I might also mention that there was also a DIY toast station inside the cafe.
I had been hoping to go back for one of their lamb shank pies after fro-yo, but all three of us were fit to pop so unfortunately it would have to wait until another time.
An eclectic little bakery and cafe with some of the most beautiful pastries I’ve ever tasted. Will definitely make this a favourite to drop-in on regularly.
Black Star Pastry
277 Australia Street
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9557 8656