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The Portuguese Bakery Gymea NSW

There is a homely feel about the Portuguese Bakery (Padaria).

 It reminds me of a village icon and on top of that it is pretty dressed up as well.   The aroma of fresh loaves, muffins and buns in the early morning is something we appreciate especially on a cold winter's dawn.   The smile from the staff adds to the atmosphere of welcome and then there are things to choose for different times of a busy day, whether it is a heart warming croissant, a naughty Portuguese tart or a loaf to take home before the place winds up for the late afternoon.

The must have for me at this delightful bakery is to have the creme brulee custard like tarts, much celebrated in Marrickville and Petersham in Sydney city's inner west -  and a plus to have this in the Sutherland Shire for residents who reside in the southern suburbs.  For me I can also get such iconic snacks from Warrawong, south of Wollongong city.

The first such caramelised crusted pastry were made in Belem, part of greater Lisbon city, by nuns or monks residing at the Jeronimos Monastery.  When the Portuguese Jesuit missionaries ventured far and wide into Asia, not only did they leave a heritage of religious and cultural influence, but they also inspired the southern Chinese to create the Tarn Taat, or egg pastry, so commonly offered at yum cha restaurants around the world.  I am told that the first commercial  Portuguese tarts were sold by  the Casa Pasteis de Belem, outside the convent.  The Portuguese bakery in Gymea continues this honourable tradition.

There are a few tables on the pavement, thoughtfully protected from the road, but otherwise it is much more of a take away place.   Children were focusing with a positive squeal at the variety of macarons, tarts and other offerings during my visit.   The loaves have a outstanding texture and shape  when placed in their holding baskets.  The muffins and biscuits are of a generous serving.  Needless to say, a bite into one of their Portuguese tarts changed my mood  - the custard was sophisticated, the crust was inviting and the over all flavour immaculate.

The young staff member organising my several selections to take home was focused about her work, thoughtfully asked if I required any warm-ups for any item to be eaten soon and was efficient about it.  I am reminded as well that Australian society is currently so fortunate to have the benefits of offering so much variety in food, produce and skilled outcomes in culinary expertise.

Doria Mendes and Raul Soares started young with this bakery when they migrated to the Sydney area almost eight years ago.   Not only have they achieved bringing an important slice of Portuguese life to the Sutherland area, but it is in their conscious presentation of their baked delights that impressed me.  I see the unusual curves on the surface of a croissant, the consistent roundness of each colourful macaron, the wholesomeness of a biscuit and the flowing love given to a baked bread.

The Portuguese Bakery is located at 18 Gymea Bay Road, Gymea NSW.   
Opening hours are from 7am to 5pm every week day; 7am to 4pm every Saturday; and from 7am to 3pm every Sunday.
Contact 0416 455 339

My impressions of the Portuguese Bakery in Gymea NSW:
Ambiance: 3 out of 5

Customer Engagement: 3.5 out of 5
Culinary Delight: 3.5 out of 5
X Factor:  3 out of 5
Overall:   13/4 out of 5

Recommended Menu choices:
Pastel de Nata or Portuguese tarts
Fresh baked bread loaves

The Portuguese Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 


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