Lorraine’s Patisserie is the work of pastry chef Lorraine Godsmark, who made a name for herself working at notable restaurants around Sydney. She has a reputation for exacting tastes, high standards, and meticulous attention to detail.
Lorraine, who was discovered and trained by renowned chef Neil Perry, is a firm believer in lightness and the importance of acidity in her food. She favours fruits in most of her desserts, rather than denser and heavier ingredients. Desserts, according to her, should not weigh down the diner, especially after dinner courses.
The shop itself is styled as an open kitchen, so visitors can see Lorraine and her team at work throughout the day. There are a range of desserts and savoury items in the display cabinet, including her famous Date Tart, which combines Californian dates with silky, baked vanilla custard. It is subject to availability, so it is not always in store, but remains one of her most famous creations to date.
Foodi Favourite: Brownies
Lorraine’s signature brownie is a delicious, decadent slice of chocolatey goodness mixed with macadamias. It uses a mix of dark and milk chocolate, and has a soft, almost fudgey centre. She has made the recipe available online, and recommends experimentation according to taste.