After wowing palates across Greater Sydney, popular bakery and cafe The Grumpy Baker finally making a home in Newcastle.
With locations in Vaucluse, Bellevue Hill, Coogee, Maroubra, Neutral Bay, Marrickville, Sydney’s Elizabeth Street Bus Stop and most recently in Bilpin in the Blue Mountains, Novocastrians can get a taste of the Grumpy Baker’s fresher-than-fresh artisanal sourdough bread and Middle Eastern-inspired cafe menu when they open doors at their Junction location on Thursday 13 May.
Owner-operator Michael Cthurmer told Newcastle Live that Newcastle had always been in the back of his mind for a Grumpy Baker site, but it was a quick weekend web browse that finally sealed the deal.
“About seven years ago, I spoke with my finance manager who is from Newcastle about the area and one day I came up and she took me for a drive around the city, and ever since then I had Newcastle in the back of my mind,” he said.
“One Saturday morning I was online and I saw that this space was for lease and it was almost like it was meant to be.
“For me, a location has to be one that I can connect with and I definitely connect with this space.”
Offering up an array of straight-from-the-oven sourdough bread such as Roast Garlic and Olive, Spelt Rye and Malt and Kibble Rye ((not to mention an array of pies, sweet pastries and muffins, and gourmet salads and sandwiches), The Grumpy Baker menu also includes a range of Middle Eastern-inspired dishes – a nod to Michael’s Israeli heritage.
“You’ll find the classics like smashed avo of course, but it’s also got a bit of a Middle Eastern twist,” Michael’s daughter Meshi Cthurmer explained.
“What we’re known for is the Shakshuka which is eggs baked in tomato, capsicum style sauce as well as the Shakshuka for two.
“Something new to this store that we haven’t; done before, though, is beef Shakshuka meatballs which are pretty exciting, but we also have things like zucchini fritters, caramelised banana with hotcakes, french toast made out of Challah which is a traditional Friday night Jewish loaf and similar to brioche, and pull-apart lamb on couscous which is nice and rich.”
The store will also offer a variety of homemade pantry staples available to purchase including fresh jams, honey, Sourdough breadcrumbs and hand poured candles, making it an ideal spot for a weekend day trip or stopover on the way home to pick up the essentials.
Since kicking off The Grumpy Baker in Darlinghurst two decades ago, Michael’s concept has, no doubt, gone from strength to strength.
So, just what is sit about the Grumpy Baker that resonates so well with customers?
“I think that a big part of it is the freshness – I grew up on fresh hot bread and now each shop has an oven in the front, the product comes in raw and we proof it and bake it fresh every day and the smell of freshly baked bread is just amazing,” Michael said.
“Also, my luck is my two daughters [Meshi and Lily] who I could not do this without as well as a team of amazaing staff across all locations.”
The Grumpy Baker is located at 53 Glebe Road, The Junction. Head here for more information.