Okay, I'll admit that this review is a bit half-baked because I don't know what I ate..... yes, I did just go there.
Following my uncharacteristic foray into having breakfast at Las Chicas, we happened to walk by Haymisha Bakery. As I had planned on baking a cake or some such later that day for arvo tea, I thought I could spare myself that bother by buying a baked goodie from Haymisha.
Haymisha is a Jewish bakery. Inside, it looks like the place has seen better days. However, there was a tangible sense of homeliness and permanence about the place. I make assumption that HB is a genuine, bona fide Jewish bakery by the fact that it had a few Jewish people inside already buying loads of bagels and other treats.
Feeling somewhat out of my depth, I pointed to one long, twisty plait. I know for certain that it was a cinnamon flavoured plait (and there were poppy and chocolate flavoured ones too).
I do rather regret not asking the friendly staff there as to what I actually bought. Because since devouring the plait (which everyone in my family enjoyed), I want to know what it was that I ate! It was yeasty, mildly sweet and just so light but had a nice chewy texture. It was everything a good yeasty sweet bread should be. The cinnamon went well with the yeasty aroma. So scrumptious with a nice cuppa.
Since that day, I have been trying to track down the name of this baked good. Beaker insists that it's a babka. I'm not sure, as my limited understanding of babkas are that they are round and cake-like. Plus, I know her reference point is based on a Seinfeld episode.
The closest I think is Ms H and Ms C's assessment. Ms H and Ms C are of central/eastern European descent. They both reckon that it's an Easter bread, as both their mothers bake a very similar bread (yeasty, not too sweet, plaited) themselves. What do you think, dear readers?
Whatever it's called, it was yum. Now that I know how yummy it is, I'd definitely go back and get myself several of these breads next time!
Food - 8.5
Ambience - 6.5
Service - 7
Price - 10
320 Carlisle St
Telephone: 9527 7116