A new Wollongong eatery is offering the magic of mum’s baking with the funk of a hip nightspot.
Take a stroll through Globe Lane and discover a world of new delights. In recent years this little inner city enclave has been adopting an increasingly cosmopolitan outlook as a small bar and mouthwatering eateries have taken up roost.
The latest to open its doors is the edgy coffee and cake shop Kürtősh, the brainchild of three young men who wanted to combine the warmth and memories of mum’s baking with the vibe of street stalls in Hungary and the thrill of discovering something a little out of the ordinary.
The result is a gem of a café that nourishes all of the senses. Walk past it in the laneway and you’re captured by the glass window that exposes the work table where the signature Hungarian pastry Kürtőskalács, also known as chimney cake, is prepared. Using an authentic recipe supplied by an old Hungarian man while the boys were travelling the country, the yeast-based pastry is crispy on the outside and soft inside and covered in a choice of spices or even Nutella.
Step inside and the true wonder of the venue is revealed. Glass cabinets showcase the array of sweet and savoury delights, beautiful slabs of cheesecake, roulade and tiramisu, chocolate balls and flourless chocolate cakes among them, which can be cut to whatever size you like.
For here you buy your cake by weight, so you can enjoy one big slice of a favourite or indulge in a selection of small pieces on those days when it’s just too hard to make up your mind. It’s just like being a kid in a candy store.
Team it with your favourite coffee and settle back to enjoy the vibe. Kürtősh ignores the standard to produce an edgy dining experience that can and is enjoyed by all generations. It’s a long, lean building with a rustic, almost industrial feel to it and low lighting that is both calming and intimate.
Open from 7am to 10pm weekday and 8am to 10pm on weekends, you can indulge to suit your mood. Something savoury for breakfast or with your morning coffee perhaps? Chimney cake for the afternoon or a sweet treat to finish off after dinner.
Kürtősh is aiming to combine good, rustic food made with a mother’s love with an atmosphere that delights and comforts. Based on the customers already enjoying its delights, this little haven won’t be a secret for long.