Goodwood Bakehouse sits on a pretty stretch of retail shops along Goodwood Road. Little butchers, pleasant coffee shops and high-end cellars abut a busy road perforated by a tram line. It’s a charming area of Adelaide, with its proximity to town making the area all the more attractive. Across from the bakery sits a bright school, with arts and crafts cheerfully displayed on its fence border and the sound of happy children filling the air over the lunch break. We have been known to drink coffee and play cards in one of the cafes around the corner, especially in the finer months, but had never been to the Bakehouse.
I had finished early one afternoon, sans lunch and breakfast. Driving straight to the bakery from work I arrived in a famished state. Barely dragging myself over the imaginary finish line of the bakeries stoop, I was aghast to find a small queue forming ahead of me. Appraising the options before me I noted the large donuts, sitting front and centre on the bakery shelves, and your usual selection of bakery goods to the sides. The smell that drew my attention was that of sweet, smokey meat, wafting to my right. Lo and behold, there were Vietnamese rolls on offer! How could I resist? Vietnamese rolls are a new experience for me, only having been introduced to them when we moved to Australia nearly two years ago. How I managed to make it through over a quarter-century of life without having tried, or even heard of, these rolls is beyond me – for I am now completely in love. Not as much as donuts, but it’s not far off a close second.
I was in such a hunger I completely forgot to take a picture of either the bakery or the donut for our blog, and so had to return another day. But I heeded not as I grabbed my large sprinkle donut, and chicken Vietnamese roll to go. Sitting in the car I devoured the roll nearly in one bite – and it was phenomenal. The chicken was sweet, slightly spicy and succulent. The roll soft and crunchy in all the right places. The carrot, chilli and cucumber adding perfect crunch and harmony. By far one of the best Vietnamese rolls I’ve had in Adelaide to date. They’re so good that I’ve clearly gone off topic of the donut itself, so I return for the ratings below.