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Sonoma Bread Cafe @ Glebe – Tasty sourdough sandwiches + Singles Origin coffee makes a good Monday.

It is once again Monday.

My ‘day off’ and I was on a mission to soak up as much as I could today with my favouritest person in the world – My Hubby. :)

Delicious and lazy sleep in til 10am. ( I adore sleep in’s – although on days like today, I did wished the hands on the clock would just stay still while I slept, so that I would be able to enjoy more of the day without needing to get out of bed too early…)

Feeling refreshed and charged up for another beautiful week ahead – I review the ‘to do list’ in my head as I brushed my teeth and got ready.

As I had to run a few errands today and had to be in Glebe, I decided that we should do lunch there…but where?

I remembered about a yummy bakery for their highly reviewed breads at a bakery named ‘ Sonoma’  Sonoma is a artisian bakery using only the freshest ingredients and supplies to top restaurants in Sydney such as: Tetsuya’s, Aria,
Quay, Est, Pier and Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.

Sonomo Bread ~ a tiny yet cozy spot for a sandwich and coffee at Glebe. High ornate ceilings, glass windows, no fuss.

Sonomo Bread ~ a tiny yet cozy spot for a sandwich and coffee at Glebe. High ornate ceilings, glass windows, no fuss.

sonoma entrance

Their main bakery and branch was situated right next to our church in Waterloo, on Young St, but I also remembered they had a cafe branch at Glebe. So  as soon as I recalled our tasty visit to Brasserie Bread last Monday, I was up for more artisian sourdough. ( What is it with Monday and artisian sourdough breads I wonder?) Just can’t get enough I thought!

We arrive at  our destination at Sonoma Cafe at about 1.30pm and by then most of the sandwiches which are pre-made in the glass cabinet was gone. Thankfully, our choice of the chicken on rye sourdough with butter lettuce leaves and corned beef, mustard mayonaise and butter lettuce leaves on sourdough (forget what bread it was exactly) was still available. We were asked if we wanted them toasted – I asked our friendly ‘waiter’ which way he preferred to eat them for maximum ‘eating pleasure’ and he replied ‘ Toast for sure!’ and hence we settled on toast!  Mmmm. Crunchy.

I must admit though, as lovely as the bread of this cafe sound, I was a bit dissapointed that they did not use ‘real’ chicken breast for their sandwich fillings and instead used what I suspect is ‘bought’ chicken cold meats. Also forgetting that the butter lettuce leaves were so fresh and tender, that when the lovely toasted ‘sambos’ arrived to our table – they were cooked through and was soggy. ( I always wondered why no body would offer to place fresh crunchy  lettuce back inside your sandwich AFTER it was toasted and not before. Hmm.)

Chicken and sourdough sandwich.

Chicken and sourdough sandwich.

Chicken and sourdough.

Chicken and sourdough.

Regardless of the cooked lettuce – I still enjoyed the modest looking sourdough sandwich that was just so lovely and crunchy with the warmed moist filling of the chicken and mayonaise oozing through the ‘holes’ in the bread. The texture of the bread was crunchy from the sandwich press which it was toasted on but lovely and ‘chewy’ and goes well with the chicken… even if it was not a poached organic chicken breast as I would have preferred.

Corned beef on sour dough.

Corned beef on sour dough.

After enjoying my half of the chicken sandwich, I reach out for the other half of the corned beef sambo from my Hubby’s plate and sink my teeth into another crunchy bread delight. The corned beef slices blended with the mustardy mayonaise and lettuce was a satisfying combination. A simple and tasty lunch- no fuss and gave the bread space to shine through ( yet I think I would prefer the sandwiches at Brasserie Bread a bit more for their generous fillings)

Serving Single Origins coffee at Sonoma.

Serving Single Origins coffee at Sonoma.

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Our Single Origin’s coffee wasn’t too bad either – I would have preferred mine a tad hotter if I could… ( I love my coffee HOT!) However, given the relaxed setting in a cute (but cozy) cafe with high ceilings, friendly staff, laid back locals walking in for their sourdough fixes and muesli packed in brown paper bags ( I saw an elderly gentleman stock up 2 bags of the honey toasted oat and muesli..must be good!)  and with my back resting against the glass window, The Hubby happily snapping away on his camera – I was happy with my simple lunch and sip the rest of my coffee and watched the world go by on a lazy Monday on Glebe Point Road.

Walking out, I realised that right next door was another cafe that I had once visited and loved and vowed to return…but forgot! So with this in mind, the next time I am in Glebe -the name skips my memory right now, but it is right next door to Sonoma….. ( oh dear, early memory loss it NOT good :P)

Hope sourdough helps with the memory!

What are your favourite topping or filling for sourdough breads?

Currently my favourite is the Lynwood Jam of Raspberry and Rhubarb purchased at Brasserie Breads.

Love for you to share!

Sonoma Bakery Cafe 215 Glebe Point Rd,
Phone 02 9660 2116,

Opening hours 8am – 4pm Seven days.


Brasserie Bread Review: I fell in love at Brasserie Bread…

love Mondays.

I love Mondays especially when I wake up to see the blue tinge of the sky and sunlight streaming from the ‘sneak’ of my bedroom window. ‘It is going to be a brilliant day…’ I thought as I thank God for another day and lift myself out of bed.

Today was ‘Food Safari Day’ with my beautiful hubby, week… hmm almost lost count. Where are we…? Oh yes, ‘Food Safari Day – Week # 8 ( My, goodness, time flies when you are having fun and eating well! heheh)

So our Food Safari Day Week 8 destination is: Brasserie Bread at Banksmeadow, Sydney.

I have been reading raves and reviews of this place for a while now – and was especially drawn to this place post reading ‘Not-Quiet-Nigella’ (Lovely Lorraine’s blog -www.notquietnigella.com) and sealed the deal when I saw the SMH review of their ‘sour dough pancakes’. Who can resist?!

So braving the oversized cargo trucks on Botany Road, we arrive at this warehouse styled bakery/cafe. I now understand what a few bloggers were saying when they said this place was a little ‘middle-of-nowhere’, as it was! Just as well we had our GPS and gave us enough warning before reaching our destination – as any sudden stop on Botany Road would mean having a truck up the bumper…not good. ( Parking tip: I suggest parking on the opposite side, on the ‘golf course’ kerb or in one of the side streets and walk. Watch out for the trucks when crossing the road…its a bit nuts during the week at lunch)

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Arriving inside and away from the chaos of ‘trucks’ – the buzz and ‘tranquility’ aroma of the freshly baked breads and coffee immediately welcomes us and I found myself glancing immediately at the glass cabinet filled with delicious looking pastries. (Mental note: Must come back and buy some to take home – I had my eye on the sweetly glaceed  ‘Coffee eclairs’)

The set up is ‘order at counter’ style – so scan the open space cafe for a free table prior to ordering, as you get asked where you are seated. I park my eyes on a table near the large windows ( remembering Lorraine’s comment of ‘food bloggers’ loves to sit near natural lighting for the food..;))

The menu is simple and un-cluttered, yet still the task of deciding between the ‘Tasmanian Smoked Trout w/ Cucumber Salad on Rye bread’ and their Specials Of The Day ‘ Cajun chicken burger on brioche with rocket and cheddar’ was very difficult…so we order both. (Easy!)

While waiting for the food, Hubby goes and wanders at the ‘deli’ section and samples some of the olive oils and jams on offer near the entry. ( I tried to ignore the fact that a little girl and her brother had just picked up some of the sample breads and *gasp!* double dipped in the olive oil…. (Mental note: Go for the jam instead… ;) ) Hubby brings back some of the ‘Lynwood Jam’ sample on a piece of moist and chewy sour dough square – and I am sold! ( Mental note: Buy some jam on the way out. Delish!)

Food arrives shortly and my eyes could already tell it would be delicious – ( funny how your eyes can ‘taste’ first!)

Prior to any food ‘dig ins’ we give thanks for the food and I hurried The Hubby along to quickly take photos of the food – so that we can start eating! ( The thing with blogging, is the wait between the food arriving to the table to having it ‘snapped’ , ‘food -porned’ before we can eat… ah, such is the task, but someone’s gotta do it… just make sure it’s fast shot! hehhe)

I couldn’t wait any longer -  after the 2nd photo of my Tassie salmon and cucumber salad, I ignore The Hubby and start cutting into my dish. The thick ribbons of the cucumber, glistening from the dressing of what I assume is olive oil and lemon is layered over the gorgeous smoked salmon which draped over a thin piece of chocolate brown rye bread. The combination was perfect as the refreshing cucumber would balance the saltiness of the salmon along with the soft chewiness of the rye. I was in heaven ~ and enjoy and savour each bite

Most tasty smoked salmon + cucumber + rye combination sensation!

Hubby’s ‘Cajun chicken burger with cheddar and rocket’ was looking very tasty as well. The bread which I assume is a brioche, sat happily on top of a beautifully grilled piece of Cajun spiced chicken. I could see that it was tender, from the way that Hubby did not struggle to cut through the meat and the pillowy brioche bread ( oozing with the melted cheddar and garnished of sweet onion relish…) The smile on Hubby’s face also depicted this was a ‘Food order success’ , considering that he made an ‘ill choice’ of order at the previous cafe we were at on Saturday morning.

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Cajun Chicken Burger with rocket, sweet onion relish and cheddar

We both dive in between the two dishes – with each mouthful we commented that we did not want either dishes to finish. As we were on our last bite for both – I glance over at the menu and suggested that we should order another dish to satisfy our tummies that was craving for more ‘BB’ goodness… after all, I needed to go to the counter again and make an order of coffees. ‘BB’ serves one of our favourite blends of coffees – ‘Allpress’, so with the coffee task in mind, I make my walk to the counter more ‘fruitful’ and order more food!  ;) We decided to finish our meal with ‘desert’ and go with the ‘Sourdough pancakes, with berries and honeycomb butter’ Mmmm. I had to confirm with our friendly waitress at the counter whether my decision was right… as I was also tempted to go with the ‘Special Of The Day’ :Prosciutto and Gruyere cheese omelette… She said the pancakes is her favourite. I was sold.

Not long afterward, we were treated with a plate that looked as good as it tasted! The Sourdough Pancakes!

Hubby was still snapping away, as I did not hold back and slice through the chewy and ‘crunchy on the side’ pancakes, drizzled with the plump berries and dollop of honeycomb cream butter…. ‘Keep shooting’ I said ‘ and I would eat the whole plate!’ hehehe



Hubby and I was so pleased that we ordered this dish as it was the best way to finish our ‘BB’ experience – along with our hot ‘Allpress’ mocha to perfection.  Ah ~ life is good. B-’bb’liss!

What made our BB experience more special was the friendly service at the cafe and meeting Mei from BB. Our lovely waitress, Chervon was more than helpful with suggesting the best tasting dishes and took her time to explain to me the breads and jams to take home. I was sold on the ‘grainy sour dough’ and the Lynwood Jam ( Raspberry and Rhubarb – lovely sweet with a tartness from the rhubarb’…can’t wait for brekkie tomorrow with my sour dough toast!)

We will defiantly make our trip back to this beautiful bakery/cafe very soon and suggest anyone visiting Sydney ( even for a few hours) to make a trip to this place ( approx. 5 minutes away from the Airport by taxi) It is worth the trip!


Eve xx
Brasserie Breads

1737 Botany Rd

Banksmeadows, New South Wales 2019
(02) 9666 6845

Open Weekdays 7am-3pm, Weekends 8am-2pm


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