It turns out that there’s no cap on how awesome Bourke Street Bakery can be. The team behind that Sydney institution has a new spin-off, Wilbur’s Place in Potts Point, and not only is it great – you don’t need to practice your poker face when you get the bill. It’s refreshingly affordable: lunch starts from $7, desserts from $5 and dinner will still score you change from a $20 bill. The menu is, with the exception of bread, completely different to Bourke Street Bakery’s usual line-up. Pop in after 6pm and there’s a very likeable take on eggplant parmigiana that’s only $14, and its secret weapon is the toasty, fried crunch of sourdough crumbs – delicious grit to the lovely mess of melted cheese, pesto, grilled eggplant and tomato. Do ask about the specials, as that’s how I got clued in about the Flourless Chocolate Sponge – a total superhero of a dessert in that its meringue surface masks its knock-out power: the nutty praline base and jackpot seam of passionfruit mousse. And if you don’t have time to take a seat at the counter or the communal table outside, don’t worry, as “We are all about take-away” says the kitchen’s sign. I’m not sure whether I’m going to “grab and go” on my next visit, but I forecast a high probability of an order of the Toasted Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich ($7).
Wilbur’s Place, 36 Llankelly Place, Potts Point NSW (02) 9332 2999, www.wilbursplace.com