When vivacious owner Sonia Jabbour met me at a party, she declared that she sold the best cinnamon scrolls in Sydney! Cue me: in Hurstville, the very next Saturday, there to test her claim. Her husband, Tony Jabbour is the baker. He reinvigorated his Lebanese pizza shop by developing these amazingly moist Cinnamon Scrolls ($15/6) blanketed in icing sugar. The recipe took him six months to perfect, but now he tells me: “I’ve got four people working every night upstairs, just making scrolls.” They come in a battalion of flavours from Salted Caramel ($5.90); to a jam-filled Aussie fav. Lamington ($5.90); to my preferred option: Tahini, Sesame and Pistachio ($5.90). Filled with halva mousse, the latter unites the two seemingly disparate themes of this bakery together. So, do park yourself at the comfortable communal table in this gleaming white store, for a preliminary (four) Cheese Pizza ($6.50) or an even-better Sonia Special Wrap ($9). Not a man to rest on his laurels, Tony’s already working on his next big thing – a Croissant/Doughnut ($4.50) hybrid. It’s light and slightly savoury; the perfect foil to my De Gabriel Latte ($3.80), made by their son – and bakery heir – Jayden, sporting a cute topknot in his hair. And for the record: yes, they’re the best scrolls I’ve eaten.
1/56 Connells Point Road, Hurstville South
Ph: (02) 9546 3666 oreganobakery.com.au
Pizza, Lebanese, Bakery $