In March 2001, Sonoma sold its first sourdough loaf in Sydney. A father and two sons who had zero knowledge about bread took on the challenge, and through endurance and perseverance, they’ve created one of Australia’s finest artisan sourdough bakery. An avid baker myself, I understand how much blood and sweat are needed to churn out a single loaf of bread, and I definitely know a good bread when I taste (or even smell) one, Sonoma has topped my list of to-go places for quality artisan bread in Sydney.
Situated in the quiet neighbourhood of Alexandria, this particular Sonoma shop is their headquarters, located next to their bakery where all the bread is freshly made every day and supplied to all their other branches in Sydney, including Bondi, Glebe, Paddington, Rose Bay, Waterloo and Woollahra.
The spacious interior of the cafe reminds me of a warehouse, very cosy and welcoming.
The display of Sonoma’s signature Miche is ever so tempting, characterised by a distinct smokey flavour, which has a dark caramelised and blistered crust with a chewy interior texture.
Sonoma’s Baker Breakfast ($26.00) (Served from 7-11.30am)
Who can resist a good old breakfast plate? Eggs your style, bacon/salmon, swiss brown and oyster mushrooms, vine ripened tomatoes, seeded avocado, bacon butter and a selection of Sonoma sourdough. The poached eggs were done perfectly, and I thought the bacon butter added an interesting touch to the dish.
Sonoma Smoothie Bowl ($16.00) (Served from 7-11.30am)
For those looking for a lighter and healthier breakfast, try their smoothie bowl, served with mixed berries, housemade honey spice granola, seasonal fruits and coconut flakes.
Birmingham Chilli Fried Eggs ($19.00) (Served all day)
Sauteed quinoa, zucchini, charred corn, wilted greens, asparagus, fried shallots, sambal and Sonoma sourdough pangrattato. When I first saw this dish on the menu, fried shallots and sambal caught my eye. This dish tastes like a healthier version of Indonesian/Malaysian fried rice, with superfood quinoa as a substitute for rice. The sambal had the right amount of sweetness and spiciness, and goes surprisingly well with the quinoa. Now I know exactly where to go to satisfy my craving for “fried rice” and not feel too guilty about my calories intake.
Baked Eggs ($16.00) (Served all day)
This green dish looks too healthy to be true! Smashed peas, green chillies, ricotta and kale, served with sourdough. I thought the peas fared on the sweeter end, but overall a decent dish for the health conscious bunch.
Maple Bacon (Add-on)
Look at that glistening maple glaze on that thick cut bacon! This was easily one of our favourites, the maple glaze wasn’t overpoweringly sweet, coupled with the slightly crisp edges of the pork belly and the tender meat…ooh, what a heavenly combination!
Fish and Chips (Lunch’s Special) (Served from 12-3pm)
Sonoma doesn’t just pride itself on good quality artisan bread, as it does amazing seafood as well, such as this beer battered fish and chips. They also serve pan fried salmon/barramundi, which I’ve yet to try.
Sonoma Blackmore Cheese Burger ($22.00) (Served from 12-3pm)
Sonoma does burgers too? Yes, you heard that right, this is their signature lunch dish: Sonoma enriched milk bun, Blackmore wagyu patty, bacon, American cheese, onion, lettuce, served with a trio of sauces and beer battered chips. I don’t normally order burgers in cafes, but this is a pretty decent burger for cafe standard, and the wagyu patty was sufficiently moist and juicy.
Rotisserie Meat Platter ($26 for single portion, $42 for share) (Served from 12-3pm)
Meat of the day, eggplant yoghurt dip, freekeh, tomato and cucumber salad and a selection of sourdough. I love the flavours of the rotisserie pork, and the eggplant yoghurt dip had a very authentic Mediterranean tinge that elevated the flavour of the dish. The salad on the other hand, was very refreshing and balanced the dish really well.
The vast range of pastries available made us spoilt for choice. The one on top is their signature treat, a croissant pastry scroll sprinkled with cinammon citrus sugar. I love the Kouign Amann, which is a flaky pastry filled with crème patisserie or seasonal flavours.
The one I had was filled with Dulce De Leche, which was absolutely mouth-watering! However, I felt that the ginger cake (on the right) was a tad too overpowering for my palate.
Isn’t this every bread lover’s dream? :O
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Sonoma, it is truly an all-rounder cafe that does everything from bread, pastries, Aussie style cafe food to seafood and burgers. I believe the HQ shop in Alexandria has the widest range of food, but do visit your local store as well for your daily dose of bread and caffeine!
PS: This was an invited food tasting.
Sonoma Bakery Cafe Alexandria
32-44 Birmingham Street, Alexandria NSW 2015
Mon-Sun: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tel: 02 8338 1051