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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007
Melbourne's Best Bagel

This handcrafted beauty is the best bagel in Melbourne. Of course there are more famous bagels, the ones produced by Glicks are much better known, but they aren’t really a patch on the ones from Haymishe Bakery, just a few doors away. Not that you’d be able to tell, this unprepossessing shop doesn’t even have a single sign to let you in on that it’s a bakery, its windows are shaded by half open venetian blinds, but inside are baked breads and cakes of the highest order.

So what is it that separates this from the well known Glicks and all other bakeries on Carlisle Street, which after all, is the spiritual home of Melbourne’s bagels?

First of all, they are obviously hand shaped into knobbly, gnarly rounds, no two are the same in looks. Then there is the slight shattering of the crust as you bite into it, neither too hard or soft. As you chew, the crumb is halfway between the chewier, denser Glick bagel and a loaf of good sour dough bread. They are all finished off with a sprinkle of sesame seeds that are baked into the crust, adding a slight nuttiness that makes these just irresistible.

If you like a bagel, do yourself a favour and head on down to Carlisle Street and try these beauties. Just look for the shopfront without a sign.

Haymishe Bakery
320 Carlisle Street
Balaclava – Cnr Carlisle & Westbury Streets
Not open Saturdays


  posted at 7:11 am

At 7:57 am, Blogger MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Are you sure you want to let the world in on where to get the best bagels? It could cause a hord of customers and then...
When I visit, I will have this one on my list!

At 7:54 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi tanna, I have no problem pointing it out, they are kinda hard to find anyway, but I know what you mean!

At 11:45 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there, there is a great little cafe in moonee ponds on Mt Alexander RD. Not only do they have a great menu the cortyard is beautiful....you should check this one out!!!!


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