Our time at Bruny Island was spectacular but we had to keep the 🥧 tour rolling on and head off to our next point of interest. We made our way through Snug, Margate, Kingston and lobbed at the historic town of Richmond.
Settled in the early 1800’s this town is something special. It’s probably most famous for having the oldest surviving arch bridge in 🇦🇺. Apart from the bridge, the second most popular tourist spot would have to be the towns bakery.
The Richmond Bakery Tasmania is nestled right in the centre of town and open 7 days a week (hours vary) Prior to my arrival in the apple isle, i received a message from a 🥧 legend named Shane (pastry/baker) who works at the bakery. He sent me a invitation to pop in and try some of his products. This was a invitation too good to refuse. So after setting up at the caravan park I made my way into town to say gday.
The bakery, building and surrounds is beautiful. There is plenty of seating in the court yard outside, while inside also has adequate space to sit and relax. The cabinet display is super impressive and you could easily be distracted by the glorious amounts of food on offer.
Shane gave me the quick tour and also introduced me to owner Kim who has had this place for over 15 years. It was super busy upon my arrival so my visit had to be quick and we needed to get things rolling.
I left this weeks 🥧 of choice up to Shane. He wanted me to to try a couple of his favorite’s with one of those being “Steak n Mushroom 🥧” I’ve never actually reviewed one of these particular flavored 🥧’s before so I was keen to get started.
🥧 THE REVIEW 🥧
1. Value for Money – $6.60 was up there for a 🥧 of this size. Richmond is a real tourist town and tourist tax was expected. The 🥧 was a great size in diameter, but the depth was relatively small. Compared to others I’ve seen and reviewed a price tag between $5.80/$6.00 would have been more suitable in my humble opinion. 8/10
2. Meat Ratio – Photos will verify this was only a smallish 🥧 in depth. While it looked full, the middle had sunk a fraction and more fill could have been added. 8.5/10
3. Flavour – Shane has done a great job with this. The steak was tender and mushrooms were blended to perfection. I particularly liked the dark gravy mix that was added, it added maximum flavour to this 🥧. Excellent job 9.5/10
4. Pastry – Shape, color and stability all very good. The top bake was incredibly flakey and had a nice flavour to it. Only negatives were, slight shrinkage on one side and top bake just under the lid was slightly undercooked. Apart from that this pasty was very nice. 8.5/10
5. Serving Temperature – A smidge hot, had to wait a couple of mins for this one to cool. Overall pretty good. 9.5/10
🥧🥧 44/50 🥧🥧
This was my first ever Steak n Mushroom review and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The flavour itself was beautiful, the rich dark sauce really it the spot. The meat was extremely tender and you easily taste the fresh mushroom with every bite. The only negatives was the top bake was slightly underdone (wet line) and at $6.60 the price tag was a little high for that sized 🥧. Apart from those minor issues, I would have no hesitation having another one. Shane said it was his favorite and he’s done a sterling job with this one. I also tried the chicken and camabert 🥧 and it was also very good.
As huge thanks to Shane (baker) for reaching out and inviting me to sample his fine work. Also special thanks to the owner Kim and all the staff for their time and patience. It was extremely busy during my visit but all the staff were more than accommodating.
This bakery is a little beauty, the building itself is stunning as is the food inside it. This bakery is a busy tourist destination and people flock to town for the two B’s !!! bakery and bridge !!! so you better get in early to grab all your goodies or you may miss out.
Snug, Margate and Richmond were awesome places to visit and spend time in. Richmond while only small has so much history and the bridge alone is 100% worth a visit. Built in 1823 it’s one of the finest structures I’ve seen.