Ever since eating my weight in buttery croissants in Paris last year (Iâ€™ma blog it soon I swear), Iâ€™d resigned myself to a life of average croissants in Oz. But earlier this year after visiting Lune in Melbourne and proclaiming my undying love for their flaky croissants, Iâ€™ve been lamenting how Sydney is sorely in need of a croissanterie and BEHOLD! Rollers Bakehouse has opened in Manly just a hop, skip and a jump away from the beachfront (and also hidden down a slightly dodgy alleyway).
Raff and I had planned our sick days in advance to coincide for a day of epic eats. After a breakfast of champions of cream puffs (Tamborino ftw!) we made the trek past the horror that is the Spit Bridge and arrived to the hallowed sight of baby pink walls of Rollers. Croissant flavours rotate weekly which meant we missed out on the famed sushi croissant and the garlic bread croissant (!!!) but not to fear for there were plenty on offer that morning (PSA: they get wiped out on the weekends so go early).
The special of the day was the spanakopita ($8.50). The golden croissant was filled with a creamy layer of bechamel, spinach, ricotta and feta cheese but it was just a touch heavy on the pine nuts so beware the dreaded pine mouth.Â The croissant itself was pretty darn good- light, buttery and flaky with a perfect crumb.
I was much more in love with the ham and cheese ($8) which is beyond adorable topped with a teensy cornichon and pickled onion.
Inside the croissant is gruyere cheese, slices of ham and wholegrain mustard. Oh how I wished this was piping hot! I couldnâ€™t help but compare to Luneâ€™s version where theirs is lightly toasted so that the cheese is that amazing balance of ooze on the inside with crisp edges! But this was still very tasty and one Iâ€™ll definitely get again. To toast at home
I couldnâ€™t resist the maple bacon snail ($6) because, BACON! The smoked maple bacon pieces were crispalicious and delicious against the maple custard embedded within the swirls of pastry.
And of course we couldnâ€™t go past the kouign amann ($6), a beautiful golden swirl of a pastry with bagaillion thin, shatteringly crisp layers and glorious sugary, golden edges and the inevitable shower of pastry flakes everywhere.
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