Yesterday, I drove out to Carina in the rain with the sole purpose of buying a lamington from The Flour Monkey Bakery. A little bakery with loads of character, The Flour Monkey was bustling when I stepped inside from the drizzle. The service was friendly and efficient despite the bustle and I was back out in the rain with my lamington in no time at all. The Flour Monkey is everything a local bakery should be, my only complaint is that it is not in my neighbourhood.
I was a solo lamington eater this weekend, which was a little lonely. On the way home from the Flour Monkey I had given my lamington a little sqeeze and finding that it was soft and springy, felt a little sad that there would be no other lamington lovers to share in the joy of a well-made lamington.
Stuck in traffic on the way home, I was very, very tempted to eat this lamington in the car. I mustered all my self-control, however, so that I could take a few pictures before it was reduced to a sprinkling of leftover coconut. Cutting the Flour Monkey lamington in half gave me even greater hope that this would be a delicious lamington. The sponge was the perfect colour and the icing was still moist. It was probably fortunate that I was not eating with company because I devoured this lamington in under a minute. And it was fantastic. With the rain thundering against the roof, I felt really happy and contented with my lamington (however briefly) and a cup of ginger tea.
The Flour Monkey’s lamington had just one shortcoming and that was that the thickness of the icing was not uniform. One side had the optimum amount of icing and was just divine, but the other side of the lamington was a little scant on icing. If both halves had been coated as beautifully as the left half, this lamington would have been nigh on perfect. That said, this was one of the best lamingtons I have eaten in the last few months, and I’ll certainly be picking up some more lamingtons from The Flour Monkey when our judging panel is convened again. No monkey business here, these guys definitely know how to make a lamington.
The Verdict: 8.6
The Flour Monkey BakeryCarina | 889 Old Cleveland Rd, Carina
This Sunday I happened upon a modest-looking bakery in Holland Park. It seemed to be attracting a steady stream of locals, which I thought a good sign. There were two people in front of me at the counter, so I lined up for my lamington. After five long minutes, I felt like it was taking just a little too long. Then I was faced with the inevitable dilemma, I had already waited this long, invested my precious time, I simply had to wait it out. I did my best, smiling at the customer in front of me who kept turning to look at me apologetically. After an interminable wait it was finally my turn. I stepped forward to be greeted with a very surly “yes?” Had I stepped into someone’s private dining room, rather than into a bakery? Even the affable customer before me had failed to raise a smile from this woman with his friendly banter. In her defense perhaps she was having a bad day, or maybe she had just eaten a lemon, or something else incredibly sour. In any case, she did deign to trade me a lamington for my $2.50.
I loved the look of this lamington, the shape reminded me of a cliff. Geometric qualities aside, there was not much else to love about this lamington. If our Brumby’s lamingtons tasted like they had been left out in the rain, this lamington tasted like it had been left out in the desert…for a week. It was dry, oh so dry! It had the same consistency and dryness of a kitchen sponge before it hits water. This was a shame because the overall taste was quite nice if eaten with a sip of tea to rehydrate the sponge.
The Holland Place Bakery lamington also featured an abundance of coconut. So much that I used the excess to create shapes on the table, kind of like a coconut Etch a Sketch.
There’s not much more to say about this lamington. One side was slightly less dried out than the other, so I ate that half and threw the other half of the sponge to the birds. They didn’t eat it though. I don’t blame them.
Maybe I should have gone with Holland Park Hot Bread on the opposite side of the road.
The Verdict: 5.6
Holland Place Bakery | 926-928, Logan Rd, Holland Park