May 22, 2010

Breakfast At Baroque. Raindrops On Sydney.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,

These are a few of my favourite things.

I'll leave The Sound Of Music lyrics there and continue with some of my other favourite things for rainy Saturday mornings.

There's no denying it, is there?  Winter is with us in Sydney.  Last weekend, we were basking in the sun watching Jessica Watson on the water and today, we're all in the wet ourselves.

This morning, Mr SSG and I braved the rain to have breakfast at Baroque Bistro, 88 George Street in The Rocks.  It's a beautiful, funky place with a large open kitchen where both the baking and general cooking takes place and a little bar and barista area in a second smaller room.  Can't you help but feel warm with the sight of freshly baked pastries and bread in the front window?

Baroque is in the centre of The Rocks and it's lovely on the weekend as there are the markets to walk through before or after your meal.

There was so much to look at and photograph, you'll have to excuse the fact that there are only 3 or so food photos in this entry.  We were too early to see the black board specials (they are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks) but yes, you can Twitter with Baroque.  At least that's what I think it says.

Coffee first (of course).

Then some time to look around and reminisce.  I was thinking back to the bistros of Paris - the coffee wasn't as good as we have here but the pastries and cheese more than made up for it.

From empty champagne  bottles and lanterns, to perspex chairs, from industrial bare cement floors and raw paint work to bicycles - the decor is very much inner city Sydney which has chosen to accessorize with a bit of vintage French.

Speaking of accesorize, shall we revisit Friday?  This is the FF necklace exploring neutrals.

The knit was from Target and the flared, high waisted jeans from Top Shop.  How can you not feel Ali MacGraw from Love Story dressed like this?  Rather easily, as it turned out, Casual Friday ended up being a contradiction in terms.  Thank goodness, it is now firmly in the past.

The pastry baking was nearly done for the morning at Baroque and the white hatted Patissier was just getting into the cakes.  I may have incorrectly called this an open kitchen, it is in fact an exhibition kitchen (according to the website).

So I wandered back to our table for some baguette and jam.  Or should that be bread and jam for tea, in keeping with our Sound Of Music theme.  Definitely all very French - the richness of the butter, the perfect baguette and the jam definitely tasted home made.

That blur over Mr SSG was iPhoto and not aberrant polishing.

Red coats are just the thing for winter.  The hood came in handy because I forgot my umbrella.  Yes, I did think of Little Red Riding Hood and yes it was fun.

More from the kitchen.  It was just like dropping by at a friend's kitchen for tea.  The basket of lemons, a cup of coffee on the go, towels on hand for any spills.  I think that's one of those fancy Kitchenaids with the tricky bowls.  The industrial sized machinery are a bit of a giveaway.

A few cakes were ready to be fawned over.

But not for too long because I was distracted again by the kitchenware.  There were some beautiful deep blue cast iron pots above the front counter and some enormous pans on the shelf above.

Hunger got the better of me and our breakfasts had arrived.

Mr SSG's tartine of slow cooked eggs, ham, spinach, hollandaise.  

And my Croque Monsieur with ham and gruy√®re cheese.  Fries and salad as well!

They were both delicious.  The salad was even tastier than the crispy fries thanks to its dressing.  The hollandaise wasn't too rich.  We were both too full to have a pastry or any of the macarons.

Before we left, the quiche of the day had just finished baking.

Champagne under the computer desk.  My kind of work space.

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  1. This food is making me hungry!

  2. SSG I LOVE those copper pots and pans are they vintage or new? Are they spensive? Can I mail order them???? Tell me Everything.

    V. cross re the Aussie dollar. Internet shopping's out for me now xxx

  3. Mmm.. the food looks delicious!! Great pictures.

  4. Hi girl;:)
    Love your photos,and that Cappuccino looks to die for:)

    Can you send me one?

    Haha, just kidding - SP

  5. You always seem to find the best places to eat in Sydney. I keep on having to add them to my list. I am definitely thinking of visiting Baroque with my husband this weekend. The food looks to die for. Haven't been to the markets in a while either. Loving your blog!

  6. I love that you are decorating with a vintage French theme...

    and the food all look so tasy and I have not had Breakfast yet!

    Ali McGraw and Love Story seems so many years ago...she was so sweet and innocent in that film. Your hair is about the same length and colour as hers was too!

    Hope that you have a fun weekend.

  7. Hay dear blogger!
    How are you? I'm glad that I've visited this blog! She's lovely.

    Please, check mine too & maybe we can follow eachother!
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    Love, Cindy.

  8. You have taken some gorgeous photos (as usual!) of Baroque. I've been hearing so much about it but am yet to check it out, will add it to my list for the coming weeks!

    Also a big fan of red jackets for winter.

    Hope you're enjoying the rest of this wet weekend!


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