It's a doggy date and lunch at Bak & Bak, a new cafe on Willoughy Road in Crows Nest. The menu features Asian inspired bowls and lunches plus an sky high plate of dreamy Lotus Biscoff pancakes that has to be seen to be believed!
Teddy Elliott isn't a big fan of the car, nor does he understand that much English so when I tell him that he doesn't need to worry and that he is meeting his friend Teddy Roo the Cavapoo at the other end, well he doesn't seem to get it.
But when we get close to his buddy Teddy who is stopping and sniffing at every stop bounds towards his namesake. Sammie and I have booked a table outside at Bak and Bak and take a seat. The café is named after the two owners' last names.
There's a lot to choose here. There are breakfasts, lunches, burgers and salads. There is also the option to build your own bowl of food too. Four dishes are asterisked and these are the more popular items. Service is friendly and accommodating.
Well you know me right? It's a chai latte for me which is very good. There is also a range of coffee as well as delicious sounding juices and smoothies but considering we're having the pancakes, the smoothies and juices might be too filling.
The teriyaki bowl comes with either teriyaki chicken or salmon and is a bad of organic black rice, roasted capsicum, broccolini, roasted Dutch carrots and pickled ginger. It's very tasty and the rice is tossed in a delicious teriyaki sauce so that it isn't bland at all. The chicken is saucy and tender and I like the texture of the black rice.
The cafe's signature dish is our sweet selection. If you're unfamiliar with Lotus Biscoff biscuits, these are Belgian spiced biscuits that are ridiculously good that are based on the Dutch speculaas or speculoos biscuit. They're so popular that they make a Lotus Biscoff spread that is like peanut butter but possibly better (it's definitely more addictive). This is a biiiig stack of pancakes and enough for two (or conceivably three). The pancakes are light and fluffy and served with salted caramel sauce, strawberries, Lotus biscoff crumbs and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The key to this is the lightness of the pancakes and the delectability of the sauce (and gratifyingly, there's a moat of it around the pancakes to dip each forkful of pancakes in).
Afterwards, it's a little posing session with the two boys before an extensive two hour play session at a nearby dog park St Thomas Rest Park. After that, everyone needed a nap!
So tell me Dear Reader, do you like Lotus Biscoff cookies? Could you eat this whole stack yourself?
This meal was independently paid for.
Bak & Bak
72A Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest NSW 2065
Open 7 days 7am–3pm
Phone: 0410 386 485