Bread, so they say is the “staff of life’’. Right or wrong it certainly plays a big part in my live. I love bread. I could live on it. So imagine my delight when I fell across The Baker’s Larder at 108 St Kilda Road in St Kilda. Fell is a pretty good description. I was walking from Prahran along St Kilda Road. I managed to untangle myself from the complexities of St Kilda Junction and get my feet back on to St Kilda Road when I almost fell over the blackboard-style sign on the edge of the nature strip.The sign is hard to see because it is often obscured by parked cars, motorbikes and a large yellow umbrella from a nearby cafe.
The Baker’s Larder is a narrow, light and bright shop. It is a find and it puzzles me that the signage is so understated that it is almost invisible and nearly impossible to see if you are driving. Today when I popped in the blackboard was missing. So there was no way to draw attention to it.
This wonderful find is run by Brad, the baker who is from Korea and Bo his wife who is from Thailand and has all the natural charm of Thai women. In Melbourne, Brad has worked in the Langham Hotel and Noisette in Port Melbourne.
The bread; there is a wonderful Olive and Rosemary twist, delicious, crusty and substantial baguettes, the white sourdough loaf is to die for, the texture, and the taste are perfect and the crust? – the crust is perfect, crisp and sort of chewy. Just as it should be.
Another indulgence is the fig and ginger bread – a new twist on the usual fruit bread.
Try the brownies and also the chocolate chip biscuits. One of my favourites I was so delighted with them I wondered if I could try to make the biscuits at home again. I haven’t made them for ages and it may be the chocolate they use that makes The Baker’s Larder ones so delicious.
While I was watching The Little Paris Kitchen on SBS I heard that bakers in France consider themselves to be artists. If you are a bread lover this is an artist you must visit.
The Baker’s Larder
108 St Kilda Road, St Kilda, 3183
Mob 0451 021 108
It is opposite the European car rentals, if you are coming from the city it is on the left just before you get to Alma Road. There is parking outside.
Tram:- 67 to Carnegie
Get off at the Alma Road Stop and walk back.
Monday – Fridays 7am – 6pm,
Saturdays 7am – 3pm
Closed on Sundays
Mike form JAAG (St Kilda Junction Area Action Group) interviewed Brad and Bo here http://www.urbanspoon.com/u/profile/3233264