Flute Bakery Redux

2 Mar

Flute Bakery is my fave, and has been for a long time. I’ve dedicated a lot of time to bringing people on board with the Flute love, from bringing cakes to work to telling everyone who’ll listen about it. It’s now two years since I last wrote about it, so it’s a good opportunity to check whether anything’s changed (hint: no – it’s just as good as it’s always been).

In his series interviewing food bloggers at their favourite cheap eats location, CBR Foodie agrees to my suggestion of Flute. I make big promises: Flute has the best pies, the best cakes, the best macarons and pretty good sandwiches, too.

CBR Foodie orders my favourite pie along with me: the beef curry. For good measure, I get a short macchiato and a half dozen macarons, while CBR Foodie purchases a cappuccino and a pear galette.

Pies, pear galette and pretty macarons

Pies, pear galette and pretty macarons

The lids on Flute's pies aren't totally secure

The lids on Flute’s pies aren’t totally secure

The gravy in Flute’s pies makes them, in my opinion, absolutely full of flavour, and the gravy seeps into the delicious and well-cooked pastry, while being matched with tender, falling apart meat. The structural integrity is a little off with the loose tops, and sometimes the gravy to meat ratio – normally excellent – borders a little too much on gravy. The combination means that it’s easy for pie filling to spill out – but it just means there’s more to scrape off the plate!

There's plenty of filling but the gravy and my angle means it slid to the back of the pie case!

There’s plenty of filling but the gravy and my angle means it slid to the back of the pie case!

For dessert we snack on some macarons. The colours are vibrant, the biscuit bases are excellent, and the fillings capture the flavours brilliantly – whether it’s white chocolate or blueberry or salted caramel. Delicious!

Gorgeous macarons - in taste, texture and colour!

Gorgeous macarons – in taste, texture and colour!

Flute Bakery hasn’t changed one bit: while that means its quality and prices are still outstanding, it also means the opening hours and its location haven’t changed. It’s disappointing, but I kind of like that Flute requires a special effort – because it is special.

Date: Friday, 28 February 2014

Where: Barrier Street, Fyshwick (Bunnings End, across the road from Toyworld)

Cost: $20.50 (six macarons @ $2 each + $5 pie + $3.50 macchiato)

Worthwhile factor: Highly worthwhile

Want more? Flute Bakery is only open weekdays, and only open 8am to 3pm. Get in before midday to make sure there’s still plenty of choice (and to ensure you’ve got a better chance of finding a park!), and bring cash (there’s no EFTPOS on site). Pastries are ~$4, cakes in the cabinet are $7 and big cakes range from $25 to $40-45. You can read CBR Foodie’s review here and his interview with me here.

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9 Responses to “Flute Bakery Redux”

  1. Heike Herrling March 2, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    nom nom nom. My fav! I love the photo of the pie with a mouthfull gone- it looks like it’s smiling at you 🙂

  2. Tales of a Confectionist March 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    Hey! I was just there Friday buying half the shop

  3. Jon March 3, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Love The Flute, and for me, Canberra’s best pies come from here and Griffith Butchery.

  4. cbrfoodie March 3, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    Loved the lunch there. Thanks for suggesting it Tara!

  5. cbrfoodie March 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Reblogged this on cbrfoodie and commented:
    Lovely review of The Flute Bakery with great DSLR photos from Tara!

  6. Megan March 5, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    I have never been to Flute unfortunately, its opening hours made it a little tough for a city dweller but next time I have a weekday off I need to remember to head out that way, I do love a good macaroon.


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