The namesake behind The Grumpy Baker is the owner/operator, Michael Cthurmer, who apparently is always a bit grumpy given he has to get up every morning at the crack of dawn to bake. His sourdough bread is truly a cut above others due to him using more of a ‘cheesy’ than ‘vinegar’ starter. It is also free of preservatives and additives. His bakery/cafes have been popping up all over Sydney in suburban areas which are crying out for artisan bakeries.
The Grumpy Baker in Castle Cove is great for families with easy access for prams, an array of delicious treats and a fantastic toy bucket. Their savoury and sweet baked goods on display provide plenty of options for little ones. Their babycinos are a must try! This gorgeous little drink comes complete with marshmallow eyes and a big smile and is sure to please any child.
The breakfast and lunch menu is available all day. For breakfast, more substantial options include their oven baked omelette with feta and mint or the Shakshuka baked eggs. The Mediterranean inspired menu also includes healthier options such as house roasted honey muesli with yoghurt and stewed rhubarb and the ‘Grumpy Plate’ – hard boiled egg, labnah, zaatar, Israeli salad and sourdough ($14). For lunch, think salads, sandwiches, gourmet pies and sausage rolls.
You can’t go home without some of their famous bread. Their large selection of sourdough includes spelt rye with malt, organic carrot, pumpernickel, walnut and fig, Pugliese and more. The walnut and fig is truly breakfast heaven and is made with lashings of honey and butter.
The baker may be grumpy, however the bread is to die for. Head down to Castle Cove’s Grumpy Baker for some unique sough dough and great coffee.