Honey & Walnut is a patisserie and cake shop in Sydney's inner west. It is a very popular bakery and patisserie that sells a range of cakes, biscuits and savoury pastries. The bakery is a partnership between two friends who played soccer as children and their partners.
Honey & Walnut is a partnership between two couples Angela and Peter Bozikis and Nelly and Peter Kalamvokis who all have a hospitality background. Peter is the pastry chef and the couple formerly owned The Sweet Spot in Randwick before selling it and opening up in the inner west. They opened up the bakery mid December 2021. Nelly explains, "The boys were childhood soccer friends. At a game of soccer a couple of years ago the boys literally came up with the idea of joining forces and creating and opening a patisserie together. We signed our contract literally a few days before lockdown started." Their aim was to create a patisserie with a Mediterranean influence with their Greek and Lebanese backgrounds. I came across Honey & Walnut through Valentina. Pastry chef Peter's sister Tess is Valentina's son's godmother or Nouna. She had been to visit Honey & Walnut a few weeks back and wanted to know if I wanted to check it out one weekend.
I drove to Valentina's house and Penny joined us and we made the drive to Dulwich Hill. Honey & Walnut is located on the busy Marrickville Road in Dulwich Hill. It's busy when we arrive at just past 1pm with people jostling for a view of the colourful pastry cabinet. Pastry chef Peter quickly grew to appreciate the laid back attitude of the inner west's customers and demand has meant that he makes more traditional bakes like vanilla slice, Viennese whirls and pies.
I love sausage rolls that I think that my last meal on earth would probably involve one. This beef and lamb sausage roll is made with a butter puff pastry and is very moreish. I almost forgot that I was bringing some home to Mr NQN (and I briefly consider finishing this and buying another for him).
The spanakopita is made with house made thin pastry with spinach, feta and dill inside. There is a generous amount of filling and I enjoy the homemade style of this spanakopita.
The top seller is the mille feuille or vanilla slice and the bannoffee pie so I chose my favourite out of the two. This one is a beauty. The pastry is still crisp under all of that custard and cream and it's not overly sweet either which is nice. Also what is a pleasant surprise are the prices and all of the items are around $7 each.
The purple velvet is a strikingly pretty cake. While this looks like it might have a strong ube or blackcurrant flavour it's actually lavender infused sponge with cream cheese and a layer of blueberry jelly. It is actually very, very lightly flavoured in both lavender and blueberry and moist in texture.
There are two types of kourambie or Greek almond biscuits. There are plain and there are ones with pieces of Turkish delight or Loukoumi in them, perfect for dipping in a cup of tea or coffee.
So tell me Dear Reader, do you think you could ever go into business with friends (or have you)? And what would your last meal on earth involve?
This meal was independently paid for.
Honey & Walnut Patisserie
Open 7 days Monday to Friday 7am-5pm
Saturday and Sundays 8am-5pm
Phone: 0431 586 828