Sunday, 8 February 2015
Black Star Pastry is a wonderful place to go for a meal. Pies, pastries, cakes and sausage rolls fall squarely in the realm of comfort food, but there are all sorts of healthy little touches. The ingredients and the salads are fresh and bursting with colour.The preparation is on par with a hatted restaurant. They make their own chai, and the drinks in the fridge taste like they’ve been specially chosen for having a lower sugar content. And there are several – not just one or two, but several – very delicious-looking vegan options.
One of those options is the Vegan Cookie, a hard, chewy cookie that’s packed with oats, pumpkin seeds, coconut shavings and a handful of cranberries. The flavour is light, sweet and pleasant, but ultimately rather plain. The main attraction here is the texture – coarse, wholesome and satisfyingly crunchy. There’s nothing processed about this cookie.
Unfortunately there came a point where I realised it just tastes like a bowl of granola, and I kind of lost the desire to finish it. It’s not that it was bad or anything – I just found it annoying that I caught myself saying “hey, this really does taste like a bowl of granola” with every bite.
Now, I happen to enjoy vegetarian food and I don’t mind vegan food at all, but this seems less like “a delicious cookie that happens to be vegan” and more like “if you’re vegan and you must have a cookie, then this is it.” Which is to say this isn’t the cookie I’d choose to eat if I was able to choose.
I’d probably choose something with butter.
Rating out of 10 (where 10 = ermahgerd this is amazeballs; 5 = meh; and 0 = I want my money back):
6.5 – Wonderfully textured, but the flavours get old really fast
Where: Black Star Pastry, 500 Harris Street Street (cnr Macarthur Street), Ultimo NSW 2007. It’s a solid 20-minute walk west from Central, Museum and Town Hall Stations. By bus, the 501 stops at the front door. Local parking in the blocks west of the Powerhouse Museum isn’t too difficult to find.
How much: $3.50 each.
About Kevvie’s Cookie Safari: People have been telling me for years that my wife’s chocolate chip cookies are the best they’ve ever eaten. It didn’t occur to me until now to test the claim. But if you’re interested, she uses a Jacques Torres recipe from the book ‘A Year in Chocolate’.