Sugardough Panificio and Patisserie
Address: 163 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, Melbourne, Victoria, 3057
Phone: (03) 9380 4060
Open: Tuesday to Friday from 7:30am until 5pm
Saturdays 8am until 4pm
Sundays 8am until 3pm
Whether you are after a luscious lunch, a sugary sweet or just the perfect pastry to complement a coffee, Sugardough is the place to visit.
Keep an eye out for the green chairs on the sidewalk and enter into the kitchen-meets-garden shed bakery, decked out in kitsch decorations and suspended copper pots and pans.
With both Italian and French influences, as indicated by the multilingual name, Sugardough sells eveything from beautifully crafted cupcakes to - strangely enough - Greek spanakopita.
There is a huge selection of food and baked goods to chose from. There is nothing quite like a bakery for an inexpensive lunch and this is one of the best around.
Make the most of the small courtyard on sunny days, complete with a large, square communal table surrounded by pot plants, mirrors, bird cages and the odd teapot sprouting leaves. Decorative plates adorn the brick feature wall and there are also a few intimate tables for two.
During winter it may be too chilly to enjoy the outside area unless you are extremely resilient or dressed appropriately. However not all is lost: if you manage to thrust yourself onto a table before someone else beats you to it, you can enjoy a warming soup (try the pumpkin, sweet potato and yellow splitpea if it is on offer), a steaming pie, or a gourmet sausage roll.
The cosy bakery is called Sugardough for a good reason. Although offering more than adequate savoury fare, its strengths lie in its sweet pastries such as bomboloni (only $2.50), brulees and brownies. Sugardough begs that you put your diet on hold just once more until the following Monday.
While coffee reports are mixed, disappointment can be avoided by heating up with a Karma Sutra Chai or a seriously thick hot chocolate that is dispensed from a rotating mixer.
Although one could relax inside Sugardough for hours, it is very still much a bakery. I challenge you to leave without buying a loaf of fresh crusty bread, or bugger it, why not just go for the whole tart?