Lunch at A1 Bakery
An occasional treat for me is to go to Brunswick on a Saturday to shop at Mediterranean Wholesalers and some of the middle eastern shops further north on Sydney Rd. My favourites are the A1 Bakery (643-645 Sydney Rd), Bahla’s Pastry (761-763 Sydney Rd) and the Phoenician Bakery (774 Sydney Rd).
Meat pizza and spinach and cheese triangle at A1
One recent Saturday I had lunch at the A1 Bakery, where a delicious meat pizza (finely minced meat with spices and lemon juice), a spinach and cheese triangle (filled with feta and fresh spinach) and a refreshing sour cherry juice cost $8. So good and so cheap! A1 also have an excellent range of groceries to take home.
The pictorial menu in the window of A1 is straighforward except for one item: I didn’t see anyone order a whole stuffed sheep.
My next stop was Bahla’s to get some wonderful Lebanese pastries, then I crossed the road to Phoenician where I stocked up on tahini, fig jam, morello cherry jam, pink pickled turnip strips (like those served on the dip plate at the Moroccan Soup Bar), pomegranate juice and a delicious spicy paste called acuka made with tomatoes, peppers, walnuts and hazelnuts. Sydney Road is food heaven!