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Brioche – Balmain, Sydney

– THIS VENUE HAS PERMANENTLY CLOSED –

You know you’re in good hands when a cafe selling gluten free goods is founded by a coeliac.

Fiona Wilkinson opened ‘Brioche’ in Balmain just this year and diners will happily munch through the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

If you’re here for the freshly baked gluten free bread, you can choose from a crusty high-GI loaf (pictured above), or a squarer low-GI loaf made with chickpeas, brown rice and almond meal. Gluten-full bread is also for sale.

I visited at lunchtime and the range of gluten free savoury pastries was exciting:

How often are gluten free meat pies on the menu? Spinach and ricotta roll anyone?

Not everything sold is gluten free, but the daily specials always include a gluten free option, be that risotto, pasta or soup. Regular gluten free items include a quinoa/beetroot slice and this wonderfully sharp tasting sweet potato and polenta number:

Gluten free cake variations are abundant. Many of them – including the tofu berry slice below – are both gluten and dairy free.

Having been a coeliac for 20 years, Fiona has dodged the ubiquitous ‘flourless chocolate’ and ‘orange and almond’ cakes (I’m very grateful for these, but it’s nice to have other options!). Brioche cakes are baked with thought and imagination.

The airily delightful marshmallows (below) are incredible. We had to go back for more. And $1.30? What can you get these days for that price? A heavenly mouthful I tell you.

Brioche is a food haven whether or not you’re gluten-free – ingredients are carefully considered and preservatives kept low. My only quibble is that the ambience is more brusque bakery than loungy cafe, I’m sure many customers would loll for hours if it were cozier.

Brioche has all meals covered – eat in or take-away – fingers crossed it flourishes.

Brioche
349 Darling Street
Balmain NSW 2041
http://brioche.net.au


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4 comments on “Brioche – Balmain, SydneyAdd yours →

  1. Fiona,THANKYOU SO MUCH TODAY FOR YOUR WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE TIME YOU GAVE ME AND I CANT WAIT TO HAVE YOUR BREAD IN OUR HOME,KARENNE

  2. We just turned gf last year so don’t have great experience and we live in the culinary wasteland of the South. But one supermarket you should check out is Whole Foods. It is spread across the nation and has an excellent assortment of gf ingredients and pre-made food. We particularly like the bread brand ‘udi’s’
    I bet LA and SF has awesome gf cafes. I wish we lived on the west coast.

  3. thanks for the review! I’m visiting Sydney from the US in July and I’m putting this place on my list. All 5 of my family are GF so this will be awesome.

    1. Hi Fiona, This place is a cracker, you will love it! If you have any recommendations for the US, send them through! We’ll be there in June/July, LA (Santa Monica), Las Vegas & desert and San Francisco.

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