Sunday, 17 June 2012

The Pearl of Highgate (Highgate, Perth WA)

189 Lincoln St
Highgate Western Australia 6003
(08) 9228 9011
    Mon Closed

    Tue-Fri 7:00 - 16:00
    Sat-Sun 7:00 - 13:00

The Pearl of Highgate on Urbanspoon Don't get distracted by the tiny size of the  bakery, its suburban location, and the small display cabinet. This is a decent traditional bakery that has a great range of fussy breads, breadly products, traditional and gluten-free cakes, savoury and sweet pies, cookies and a selection of gourmet jams.

I have had several tasting sessions, and my favourite thing so far, among the sweets, is the gluten-free chocolate & Kahlua slice, which is light and tasty without being ultra-sweet or heavy; you can easily have two of those without realising you are having two of those or feeling bloated.Their chocolate pastry is also delicious. Among their savoury things, their chicken-curry and chilli with carne pies are yummy - full of chunks (and not of that disgusting thick gravy that other pies have), and tastes divine even cold. I would go to the Pearl mostly for the pies. They are worth the trip.

There are so many eye-candy and taste-candy things that is difficult to choose one thing. I am not into sweets, so being tempted so many times  is a good sign that the bakery is good. In fact, once you try it, you will find an excuse to make a detour and end at their doorstep, especially if you are at or around Hyde Park. No wonder the place is fully packed at 8am on Sundays!

The service is very fast and friendly, matter of fact most times.

They have takeaway coffee using a pod machine, but that is never too tempting to me.
If they had a seating area and a coffee machine, they would make a fortune.

The main downs of the place is that their selection of breads is limited, and that the taste and texture of most tartlets and cakes is somewhat a bit muffin-ish. They are lovely and moist, but not a proper tartlet properly speaking.


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