Since it opened its Randwick doors and stole our hearts serving its signature chimney cakes, the team behind Kurtosh hasn’t missed a beat. In just a few short years it now also has distinctive storefronts in Surry Hills and Crows Nest, all with front-window views to the dough rolling, shaping and baking of their Kurtoskalacs chimney cakes. The theatre of seeing the chimney cakes rolled while you wait, sprinkled with fresh cinnamon sugar or nuts and then served up with expertly pulled Mecca has won Sydney over. So much so that it has opened its fourth store, now in Darlinghurst.
“We opened very quietly last Friday,” says Ben Haikin, who together with brother Tom and pastry chef Jean-Marc Masset is behind the Kurtosh idea. “But it’s been amazing. Some customers recognise us from our other sites, which is very nice, but we’ve had a good response from the new customers, and it reminds me of when we first started the business.”
Happily, everything that Kurtosh is known and loved for, including its slab cakes sold by weight (huge squares of cookies and cream or passionfruit-white chocolate cheesecake), its savoury bureka and spot-on espresso are all available at the new store.
“There is a bit of a different look, though,” says Haiken. “Each store has its own character. But it’s got the feel of Kurtosh.”
Kurtosh Darlinghurst 316 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
Hours Mon to Fri 7am–10pm Sat & Sun 8am–10pm