Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Reviewed by Marie-Lais Emond
By day, The Kramerville Bakery is a commercial operation, but regular pop-up 'Great Roasts' evenings transform it into something else. Here's what to expect from the events.
Expect to get far more in each dish than mentioned on the menu. For the North African Roast evening, the first course was a succession of middle eastern and north African ‘meze’ – each one a delight. The date-and-lamb filling of the pastry-cigar rolls incited a wow, and the crisp broad bean felafels were equally beautifully made. The homemade sweet turnip-and-beetroot pickle and homemade labneh, dusted with sumac, caused huge respect for the kitchen. Since the dukkah and the flatbreads are all made here too, they tasted even more scrumptious than usual.
Whole sections of chickens roasted in harissa weren’t too spicy, and arrived in the cosy ambience of home-preserved lemon, calmly spiced chickpeas, yummy crispy-edged cauliflower, sweetly spiced caramelised carrots and herby couscous with apricots. Each intrinsic element could grace a fine dining plate and, even more so, palate.
The same was true of the dessert plates, where pistachio cake and a yoghurt sorbet arrived with spiced peaches.
This unlicensed spot encourages you to bring your own alcohol. They also provide complimentary welcome cocktails and a limited amount of wine or soft drinks.
Eloise has only one helper, so there’s lots of passing things along, but it makes for plenty of merriness and fun.
It’s a brick-walled room with long tables, where guests sit communally. What this spot is really about is the conviviality of the location and the patrons, some of whom are regulars and come with a large group. The dining room itself is upstairs from an industrial lot. Part of the joy is the surprise when you realise you’ve arrived. The place is fully abuzz with excitement.
On the last Saturday of the month you can expect perfect sugar-coated, soft doughnuts. They’re very generously filled with the finest homemade vanilla or chocolate custard, which squelches out dreamily. They could also come literally jam-packed with Kramerville Bakery’s own homemade apricot preserve.