In Short: For some of the most coveted pastries you will find anywhere in the city, Rollers Bakehouse is worth getting up early and hitting Manly. For those seeking conventional croissants you are covered, and for those ready to get adventurous there are so many treats to sample. Cherry Ripe is one of those must haves!
We had some Insta friends visiting Sydney recently, so the pressure was on to deliver on the food front. Normally, I have no qualms making recommendations on where to eat, but satisfying foodies? Well, that’s next level. Expectations are often high, and my credibility was on the line. We had started the morning by greeting the sun at Narrabeen for a sunrise shoot. After scrambling around, looking for a pleasing composition, it was time for the ritual of breakfast that always follows a sunrise photo shoot.
Approaching Manly, it’s not hard to impress the tourists seated alongside me, and the positive vibes continued as we made our way into Rollers Bakehouse. Now, for me, this was my first visit to Rollers but it wasn’t my first Rollers Bakehouse experience. I first tried their pastry at a Good Fella Coffee collaboration, and so knew of their quality and how coveted their pastries really are. Their space? It’s ultra cool. Blushes of pink mixed in with tanned bricks and blue-ish grey makes for a soothing, pastel aesthetic. It so reminds of me of LA and Huntingon Beach. It’s hidden away, so only those in the know will know where the good stuff is.
On Saturday morning, if you’re not seated by 8:30am, you’re most probably better served ordering a box of pastries and heading to the beach. It does get packed, and with the aromas of freshly ground coffee and pastry it’s no surprise.
We order up three different pastries. For our American visitor, she was lured in by the dashing red and chocolate ensconced Cherry Ripe. It’s a beautifully sculpted pastry. It’s a twice baked pain au chocolat. Hana (@a.pineapple.story) was first delighted by the dark chocolate ganache and fell in love with the glaće cherry. There’s more goodness with the coconut frangipane, and she finished by nibbling on the delicious shards of ruby and coconut chocolate. On finishing the Cherry Ripe, I got a nod of approval that our first stop (on what would be a day filled with great food) was an inspired choice!
For myself, it was hard to resist a Cinnamon Bun. While it may lack the bells and whistles of the more elaborate pastries in the display shelf, it nevertheless was awesome. I loved that crispy outer shell, which gave way to a chewier middle. Cinnamon and sugar are a match made in heaven, and the balance is just perfect. It was satisfying and perfectly baked.
Our second visitor went with a Classic Almond Croissant. Yes, it’s a crown of almonds stacked on top of the twice baked croissant. It’s everything a croissant should be. Buttery, flaky, rich and totally divine. It got the the thumbs up from Rich (@richs_wet_socks) as he cut through it. The bulbous nature of the croissants at Rollers Bakehouse lends itself to the big-ass knives that accompany each plate.
The result from their Stargazer Blend is as exceptional as the pastries. My flat white was silky smooth and was warmed to degree perfection. It was fruity with a chocolate finish and presented beautifully. For those with milk allergies, there’s also oat, soy and almond milk options too.
Rollers Bakehouse have taken the pastry and coffee concept up a notch in Sydney. Its laneway location is definitely one of Manly, and Sydney’s, best kept secrets.