The Baker’s Wife café in Springwood offers a colourful array of salads, wraps, turkish rolls and raw treats.
Conveniently located across from the train station, The Baker’s Wife is brilliant for grab-n-go brekkies, lunches and snacks as you run for the Central Station express; or if you’re not in a rush, there’s plenty of tables (it seats about 30) to settle in and take your time.
Healthy options abound, with lots of freshly squeezed and cold-pressed juices, smoothie bowls laced in the likes of coconut yoghurt, spirulina and chia seeds; and more refined-sugar-and-flour-free sweets than you can bowl a coconut at. The salads attract the most gazes from customers and there are all different kinds, from crunchy Mexican quinoa with black beans, corn, avocado and brown rice, to haloumi and lentil or a classic chicken waldorf with walnuts and grannysmith apple.
We ordered a mix of the roasted vegetable salad with broccoli, baby spinach, pine nuts and ricotta; the basil pesto zuchetti with fetta and cherry tomatoes; and a special of the day – mixed leaves with quinoa, corn, asparagus, carrot and shallots. Together they packed a texture and flavour punch but if in need of more it comes with a side of honey mustard dressing. Our dining neighbours liked the dressing so much they asked to have it takeaway.
Those with a hankering for something with less plants, remember this place is run by an actual baker and his wife: Springwood Baker’s Delight owner Dayne Taylor and his wife, Sarah. Baking, as such, is a given, and a sampling of the housemade muffins is a must (some vegan and gluten free). There’s also a range of baguettes, Turkish bread rolls and wraps (tandoori chicken, BLAT, chicken schnitzel, bacon and egg), plus pastry favourites. I particularly love that you can buy a half-wrap for just $5.50 if you just want a light snack.
For dessert we had chia pudding – a mixed berry and vanilla combo and the more indulgent salted caramel. Made respectively with coconut and almond milk they were a little less creamy than some I’ve tried (which probably means they are healthier) and quite sweet, but they were certainly tasty and I’m sure they’re a hit with the commuter crowd.
And the coffee – one of the most decisive factors in how quickly (or whether or not) this coffee snob will return to a cafe – was really nice using single origin beans. Those after a ‘wow’ moment might like to try a pretty pink beetroot latter or a purple taro latte… best enjoyed when dining in (if you don’t Instagram it, did it really happen?).
What I’m most keen to return and try are the other salads: I love the sound of the superfood salad, made with spinach, kale, coriander, avocado, chia and sunflower seeds and a sprinkling of blueberries and strawberries. Top marks for food that’s healthy and fast.
- Address: 248B Macquarie Road, Springwood, NSW 2777
- Phone: (02) 4751 3410
- Web: @thebakerswifespringwood
- Opening hours: Mon–Fri 5.45am–5.30pm, Sat–Sun 5.45am–4pm
- Prices: Baguettes and wraps $8–$9, salads $6.50–$15
- Cuisine: Healthy café food
- Licensed: No
- Bookings: No
- Views: No
- Wheelchair access: Yes (excellent toilet facilities)