There are a few things that I miss from my travels in Europe, one of which is the different varieties of food that are not readily available in Sydney, particularly the different breads available. I had been told that there was a bakery in Bondi Junction that was not only delicious, but also fresh and organic, and whose bread comes from recipes with a history of over 150 years. I headed to Neu’s Delicacy to check it out.
Arriving at the bakery I met Manuel Neu, owner and director of Neu’s Delicacy, who started the bakery in 2010 to share with us Sydneysiders his love of German breads and German culture. The bread at Neu’s comes from dough prepared in Germany from recipes that have been passed down by Joseph Grimminger who travelled around Europe to obtain the secrets of the local bakers at the turn of the last century. The bread is then prepared on the premises, baked with care and experience combining various flavours to produce bread that not only tastes fantastic but is also organic and nutritious as well.
With so many breads available on site I didn’t know where to start, but luckily Manuel was there to guide me through what was on offer. Manuel advised me that there are 4 main types of breads: Wheat, Rye Wheat, Wheat Rye, and Rye. The first bread I tasted was the Powerbread, a rye wheat bread, that is a multi-grain sourdough that includes pumpkin seeds, linseed, sesame, and sunflower seeds. This bread is perfect on its own, or used as an accompaniment, and while it tastes divine it is also incredibly nutritious as well.
Next to try was the Pain Boulot, which is a wheat baguette with added semolina to enhance the flavour. The Pain Boulot is the perfect Parisian bread, light and delicious on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Neu’s has taken great care to balance nutrition with flavour and therefore is a healthier option than most white breads on the market. This bread is perfect for the traditional French meal of bread with butter, cheese and/or cured meats.
I also had the pleasure of tasting the Munich Malt, a bronze medal winner at the Royal Easter Show, a definite highlight. the Munich Malt is a classic Bavarian bread which is dark in colour for the malt. It is a rye sourdough which tastes very similar to a beer bread but much lighter, and without the bitter aftertaste that some beer breads provide. This bed is perfect with ham, or as a snack with a beer.
For me, the best find was the Choccolatine, this bread is a chocolate infused sourdough mixed with baguette and contains raisins, hazelnuts and sprinkled with oats on top. This is a dessert bread (or breakfast) that can be enjoyed alone, but is also delicious with a topping of ricotta and fruit. This is a favourite and one I would definitely recommend to try something different.
Neu’s has a number of different loaves available in store, and at markets, including Chilli, and Raisin Bread, as well as a large variety of flavoured rolls such as olive, tomato and basil, and roasted onion, and an assortment of pastries, including the quark pocket, that I ogled in the display.
All in all a very successful visit that brought me back to my time travelling around Europe, enjoying a dinner of freshly baked bread, while sipping on a beer or wine. What a lovely way to spend an evening.
23 Bronte Road
Bondi Junction NSW 2022
+61 2 9369 2222