Brasserie Bread, known in Sydney as one of the city’s finest bakers and makers of quality artisan products, also calls Melbourne home in their depot in South Melbourne. They use over 100 square metres of baking space, with five full-time bakers on board – three for bread and two for pastry. They run a daytime operation, rather than through the night like so many bakeries.
The Brasserie’s vision is about sharing: as much as the team love making good bread, they also love providing an insight into the process. Being privy to the production line is all part of the experience. From the cafe, you get a full view of the fiery-hot oven and dough kneader out back through a large bay window.
The expansive, bright open dining space welcomes patrons to sample crusty bread and flaky pastries along with Allpress coffee. Sit down for breakfast or lunch (think sourdough pancakes, sandwiches or crumbed potato cakes) and pick up a loaf to take home. They are also holding bread-making classes for kids on Saturdays (soon for adults too).
Brasserie currently has 15 different styles of bread on offer (rye, 6-seed, brioche, quinoa & soya bean and schiacciata among them), though their sourdough is still the favourite.
And though we’ll undoubtedly be seeing more of these guys and their bread (marked by a distinctive ‘B’ insignia) around town, it’s best you check out their South Melbourne bakery for yourself. Put simply, it’s rather impressive.