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Man cannot live by bread alone, they say, but maybe they haven't yet been to Luxe.
Bright, airy and ever popular, Luxe Bakery Cafe is not quite when you expect when you step through the doors of this former five bedroom cottage. Co-owners Jonathan Harvey, Simon Cancio and Tony Leibowitz gutted the building to create this buzzy cafe packed with loaves of fresh sourdough baked on-site, filled baguette ready to takeaway, and a display cabinet groaning with cakes and pastries.
Chorizo and caramelised onion muffins
Roast chicken baguettes
Tomato, basil, asiago cheese and grilled eggplant sandwiches
Flat white $3.30
Although Newtown coffee stalwart Campos is literally next door, there's no shortage of caffeine addicts lined up before the barista here. Luxe uses Single Origin beans and the barista works non-stop throughout today's weekday lunch service.
Roast chicken baguette
The roast chicken baguette arrives cut in half, and served with a couple of olives on the side. Each half is the size of a small submarine, the baguette blessed with a chewy crust and a dense but fluffy interior. The chicken is fresh, chunky and generous.
Tomato, basil, asiago cheese and grilled eggplant sandwich $9.50
Asiago cheese is like an old matriarch that binds this Italian-inspired sandwich together, the sharp and crumbly cheese working majestically with yielding slices of grilled eggplant, fresh basil and brilliant red tomato slices. The tomato is noticeably sweet, and the soy linseed bread makes its presence known, too, in both flavour and texture.
Sweet potato and chickpea salad $12
with coriander, tahini, yoghurt, rocket, shallot and pomegranate molasses
Two floor-to-ceiling blackboards list the breakfast and lunch options. Sweet potato and chickpea salad is a nourishing combination of roasted sweet potato, baby spinach leaves and tender chickpeas drizzled with creamy yoghurt and a trail of zingy pomegranate molasses.
Flourless orange cake
We can't leave without a few desserts. The flourless orange cake is a compact package that is moist and concentrated with citrus.
Custard tart $4.50
The custard tart has the reassuring appearance and taste of genuine custard, dusted generously with nutmeg and baked in a crisp pastry shell.
I pick up a loaf of soy and linseed sourdough to take home - it makes an amazing sandwich and toasts well for breakfast. Perhaps man cannot live on bread alone, but I reckon this woman could!
Belgium dark chocolate and oat chewy biscuits
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Luxe Bakery Cafe
195 Missenden Road, Newtown, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 8084 1775
Monday to Friday 7am-4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am-4.30pm
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