A lamington not worth the wait

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

$2.50 per lamington

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A cheap and cheerful lamington

When the friendly lady behind the counter requested “$1.70 please,” I replied, “excuse me?” Yes, this lamington was just $1.70. With pricing straight out of the nineties, how could you go wrong at Ashgrove’s Golden King Bakery.

Sitting down to survey my low-cost lamington that afternoon, I began to think it was a little too square for my liking. Should lamingtons be quite so brick-like, I wondered. Was this lamington too cheap? I sliced it in two to reveal a firm, dense sponge and I was pleasantly surprised when I took my first bite. The icing was set, rather than sticky, and the cake was a little closer to butter cake than sponge cake. I would have liked a lighter sponge, but the slightly heavier cake was nicely offset by the firmer icing.

On the whole, this was a lamington I really enjoyed. With a cup of Earl Grey and a novel, I felt entirely satisfied. It was also a generous size, and, at the budget price of $1.70 it might be Brisbane’s cheapest lamington.

On another note, I am just now realising that a blog about lamingtons is not a very visually appealing thing. Perhaps we’ll have to resort to eating some pink lamingtons for the sake of some colour. But I do detest pink lamingtons.

The Verdict: 7.2

Golden King Bakery | 239 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove