After four years on the well-trodden corner where Redfern and Chalmers Streets meet, it is safe to say that the owner of Tapeo tapas bar, Lior Manheim, knows a bit about what the locals like.
After seeing diners take quite kindly to his second shop, a 100 per cent gluten free and organic bakery by the same name as his Spanish-inspired eatery, Manheim wanted to bring more to the people of Redfern.
“This was our chance to bring in the full offering,” explains Manheim of his decision with business partner Michel Alkobi to expand beyond celiac-friendly treats when the shop across the road from Tapeo and the bakery became available. “With a gluten-free bakery you have to be so careful,” says Manheim.
Head baker Keren Klein brings over 15 years of experience to the tiny baking site. A typical day’s offering includes four to five types of breads, from sourdough, to fruit or olive loaves. There is also a hot case full of pies and a pastry case of sweet things such as fresh ricotta and sour cherry Danishes and flaky almond croissants. Offerings will continue to change daily, but the favourites will definitely be sticking around.
Although small, the space is inviting. Most of the counters and shelves are built from recycled timber and are decorated with tin ornaments. Manheim explains that the wood was sourced from the old, torn-down house of one of his mates.
“Soon we’ll set up tables and chairs outside,” says Manheim. But for now there are just a few humble plastic milk crates scattered below the baristas window. Sit in the sun and enjoy, or grab a bag of to-go pastries to share across the street in Redfern Park.