Daci and Daci

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11 Murray Street, Hobart
03) 6224 9237
Open: Open daily 7.00am to 6.00pm. Takeaways.

A big bag of organic flour holds the door open. In the eating section, imitation gas-lamps, a large gilded mirror, historic photos and the heavy, dark wood of the tables, chairs and rustic display cabinet topped with an old-fashioned, scalloped glass screen plus a shelf of old books evoke the feel of a traditional Mitteleuropean coffee house.

The retail/takeaway section on the other hand, with its baskets of different breads, bowls of salad and trays of pies, filled baguettes and luscious-looking pastries, is as trendily modern as you could want. Together, they make for a very welcoming and inviting space and the owners, Cheryl and Nasir Daci, say they have been flat out since opening in late November.

Cheryl’s CV includes two years as head pastry chef at London’s famed Quaglinos while Nasir worked for four years at Jackman and McRoss before both meeting at Philippas, Melbourne’s leading bakery/cafe, three years ago. The time since then they’ve spent having a family and looking for a business in Hobart while Cheryl worked in the pastry/cake kitchen at Lipscombe Larder. Now they start baking at 4.00am every morning to fill their display cabinets before opening their doors at seven.

And what they produce is some of the tastiest and most reasonably priced bakery and pastry treats in the CBD – proper croque-monsieurs, unusual and very popular Italian doughnut-like jam and custard bombaloni, real onion, olive and anchovy pissaladiere as well as patisserie stand-bys like almond croissants, seasonal fruit galettes, pan au chocolat and lunch-time sandwiches, pies and savouries.

In addition to organic sourdough, ciabatta, 100 percent rye and baguettes, their range of excellent breads includes an unusual fruit Rustique topped with poppy seeds, a savoury green olive and rosemary ciabatta, a grain loaf with 10 different grains and seeds and a fig and walnut sourdough all priced between $4.50 and $8.00. The coffee’s good, service is excellent, prices are very reasonable and the selection of wines, while very limited, is probably adequate and includes a baby bottle of sparkling to have with your sweet pastry.

A buttery, fluffy croissant with house preserve is only $3; a fruit Danish is $4.50, fruit, sourdough and multigrain toast selection is $6; the croque-monsieur, filled with gruyere and ham and properly pan-grilled in butter is $12 and the menu tops out with pies like a beautifully flavoured Middle Eastern-style lamb pie at $12.50.

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