As a Footscray resident, I have long been waiting for a really good bakery in my suburb, and more precisely a European bakery. Hallelujah for the arrival of Gordon St Bakery, with real French style bread and pastries made by a French chef Wil.
Wil was formerly working at Woodfrog Bakery and Loafer Bread and Gordon St Bakery is his first foray into business. After looking everywhere in the inner west for a site, the Travancore resident finally found a small shopfront on Gordon Street, across the road from Footscray Hospital. He basically has no competition – all the other shops there are sad looking, dingy affairs.
Now to the food. I highly recommend the almond croissant, galette and multigrain loaf. The pastries are crispy and as you bite into it the top layers shatter into buttery flakes. The loaf is grainy but light, with a mixture of white and rye flour in the sourdough. If you turn up early in the morning then the loaf can literally just come out of the oven straight to you. It’s heavenly slathered with smashed avo.
The flour is Australian, the eggs are Australian, the butter is from New Zealand (sorry, but Australian butter is too hard and melts too quickly for viennoiserie). The smells, the tempting pastry counter, the accents – are all French.
It’s wonderful, especially for kids, to see Will at work. The kitchen is completely open to view and the loaves and pastries sit for mere moments on the racks before being snapped up by happy locals.
There are a few tables and chairs if you want to eat your food hot out of the oven, though note there’s no coffee or tea served as yet (wait a few weeks).
As a small artisan business Gordon St Bakery deserves all the support I can rustle up via this blog. You’ll certainly be seeing me back there regularly!