The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry | A Sydney Food Blog

Penny Fours, Leichhardt

March 6th, 2013  |  Published in Latest, Restaurants  |  3 Comments


Penny Fours in Leichhardt – it’s a great ally for anyone seeking a sugar fix in an area known for its forkfuls of pasta and oven-hot pizza slices. Recently opened by Penelope Ransley (whose flour-dusted CV includes Tetsuya’s, Sepia, Iggy’s Bread), this patisserie has a small – but excellent – selection for your sweet tooth. The Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies ($2.50) are a total surprise: as soft as butter, and a double hit of cocoa and nutty crunch. Similarly, the Chocolate Tart ($4), adorned with floral white-choc curls, is a lovely meeting point between sweet and not-quite-bitter, in a shell that is a crumbly delight. You can work your way around the pastry counter: there’s Sour Cream Brown Sugar Brioche ($3.50), Berry Frangipane Tart ($2.50), classic Snails ($3.50) and more. There’s a small savoury menu, too (which is likely to be extended with bread and sandwiches soon), and the Pumpkin, Ricotta, Spinach Quiche ($5) is also another one to take you aback. I expected the usual brick-slab of hard egg, but this was a cloud of light flavours, grounded by a satisfying crust. Lovely.

It’s worth putting your money on Penny Fours, especially as it extends its menu. Also, pop your head into Ragamuffin, which is a few doors down and known for its one-of-a-kind muffin flavours (Strawberry Milkshake, Banana Sundae, Garlic Potato, and so, deliciously, on).

Penny Fours, 141 Norton Street, Leichhardt NSW (02) 9572 8550

Tags: , , ,


  1. hum… it’s 10pm on a Sunday night and reading this post is making me pang for dessert!

  2. milkteaxx says:

    oh man should not be browsin food blogs at night!

  3. Heather says:

    Penny Fours in Leichhardt is the BEST. The chocolate tarts are the BEST ever in Sydney. I’ve been to all of them, and Penny Fours beats them HANDS DOWN.

Your Comments



Hi, I'm Lee Tran Lam. When not blogging with my mouth full, I'm usually writing, presenting Local Fidelity on FBi radio, making zines, producing podcasts or continually breaking promises about how I really am gonna get through my book pile one day.

All the good pictures on this blog are by photography ace (and patient boyfriend), Will Reichelt, (all the dodgy ones can be credited to me)!

The lovely banner is by friend and ultra-talented illustrator Grace Lee.

This site redesign was made possible by the next-level generosity and expertise of Daniel Boud, whose code-tinkering ways are only outranked by his seriously inspired way with a camera.

You can read more about my co-conspirators here.

This is a blog I do for pure fun and zero influence – there's no sponsorship, sneaky advertorial or advertising. I pay for all the food mentioned, 'cos it seems the ethical thing to do.


This is a blog about eating and drinking in Sydney, Australia (with the odd cross-border or off-topic detour). BYO appetite.

Subscribe via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.