To fortify us for a morning of marketeering, my fellow food blogger The Fonz & I resolved to have breakfast at Silo Bakery in Kingston once and for all to see what the fuss is about. This involved a certain degree of willpower (A wake up call to poor Fonz. Early on a Saturday. After a week of nightowl stints on the confocal. Yeesh!) and sound navigational skills ('where the eff is this bloody place!'). After circling the block several times we spotted the place in the main strip of Kingston shops and it occurred to me that such a place wouldn't look out of place in Melbourne.
Given the time of day for a Saturday, the place was absolutely chockers (they don't take bookings on Saturdays), but we managed to nab a table and as we lasciviously eyed the array of pastries on display we organised to have large lattes (or as jfox says, cawfee!) dispatched our way pronto. Placated with a satisfying fix of caffeine, we decided to share the selection of 'breakfast cheeses' and an almond croissant. The 'breakfast cheeses' (an emmenthal, a victorian brie and a french sharp style of cheese whose name escapes me), while tasty and accompanied by the ass-kicking bestest bread I've chanced upon, was a little too sparse for the price ($18). A look at other meals making their way to diners though looked more promising and I vow to try out the welsh rarebit or the chorizo piperade listed on the menu on my next visit. Egg-aversity be damned!
The almond croissant on the other hand was divine and certainly substantial enough to be shared. Fresh out of the oven (and boy did we had a primo view of flaky pastries and crusty breads being pulled out hot from the oven!), the croissant was buttery & flaky &...*drool* delish, with a robust almondy filling that was more almond than custard (good thing). The display counter also revealed a panoply of delectable edibles (sorry, threw in a bit of a Ned-Flanderism there), with a range of tarts, cakes, pastries, as well as baguettes & panninis with great looking fillings. They also have a cheese room, where I guess they keep their stash of special reserve cheeses.
Apologies for the blurry nature of the pix, a couple of furtive snaps were taken with my camera phone with the utmost discretion. I still get a little nervous taking photos in places for some reason. Apparently, Silo also do a decent lunch menu, so it
might warrant necessitates a revisit in the not-too-distant future, separate from my next breakfast expedition to Silo.
36 Giles St
Open Tues - Sat, 7 am - 4 pm
*I have been overusing this phrase of late. Kudos to Kurt Vonnegut (RIP) for his coining of it, or at least for its popularisation.