Kalymnos Pastries - Give Greek a go!

Kalymnos Pastries - 3/158 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville, SA, 5031

In early August 2013, Kalymnos Pastries (click here) was awarded 'best bakery/patisserie' as part of the 2013 Resaturant and Catering SA Awards for Excellence.  I will be honest and admit that I have not heard of Kalymnos Pastries previously, however after mentioning it to a Greek colleague of mine the fellow foodie held it in high regard and said that I must give this place a go.

Upon entering the store I am warmly greeted by the service staff who helps me navigate through the abundance of cakes and pastries on offer.  Not being a connoisseur of Greek desserts I ask the service staff to provide me with some of the more traditional items and she is more than helpful in this request. 

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Take away container
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Filled with delicious goodies
In my past experiences, Greek desserts are very sweet and rich and are often made with cream, syrup or nut bases.  So I tend to eat Greek desserts in smaller quantities.  Given this case, I limited my review to four different items - having said that, there are SO many more options available at Kalymnos Pastries to whet your appetite.

Item 1:  Cream Kataifi

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Cream Kataifi - $4.30 per piece
I was told that this was one of their best sellers, so I had to give it a go.  The Kataifi consists of roasted kataifi (think - short noodle like pastry) with almonds and syrup with custard and cream.  I can tell why this is one of their best sellers.  Looking at the dish I was expecting it to be ridiculously sweet and sickly...not the case.  Soft, subtly sweet custard and cream with the slight crunch of the pastry add different textures to the dish.

Item 2:  Baklava

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Cigarello Baklava - $2.60 each - Sorry, can't make this look pretty
Baklava, made of multiple thin sheets of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts (in this case almonds) and swimming in syrup was item two on the menu.  I opted for a smaller piece and got the 'cigar' version. Just by looking at it, you can tell that the Baklava is drenched in syrup, but again to my surprise it was not as sweet as I expected.  The crunch of the almond with the soft, sweet filo is a treat to eat.

Item 3:  Galaktobouriko 


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Galaktobouriko - $3.90 per piece
Galaktobouriko is a filo pastry based dish filled with Greek custard.  I have had this dish previously at a Greek restaurant and was a fan, so had to give this a go.   This was probably my least favourite of the cakes that I purchased. The custard filling was a little grainy and not as smooth as I had hoped (personal preference) and as a result, I could not get through the entire cake.

Item 4:  Kourambiethes

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Kourambiethes - $2.30 each
For my final item, I move away from the pastries and move to the biscuits and shortbreads.  Again, not knowing much about Greek desserts, I am recommended the Kourambiethes.  This biscuit is a crescent moon shaped shortbread dusted with icing sugar.  The biscuit is very crumbly and as soon as I bite into it, it melts in my mouth.  Would be great with a coffee or frappe.

If you have a sweet tooth and are not watching the waistline, I would recommend giving this patisserie a go.  Whilst my initial thoughts (and past experiences) on Greek desserts remain the same (heavy use of cream, syrup and almonds) the items I tried at Kalymnos Pastries were not as sweet as I had anticipated.  With anything, having these pastries in moderation is the key.

Overall, Mirko gives Kalymnos Pastries 11/15 (not including ambiance) chops on The Chopping Board.

Ambiance - I had takeaway so cannot comment
Service - 4/5:  I was being difficult and had no idea what to order, the service staff took the time to assist and we ever so friendly
 Food - 7/10

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