The orange and almond tart remains pastry chef Leanne Beck’s favourite treat on the ever-growing menu at her inner-city patisserie, but it’s the mini lemon meringue tart that has people talking. “Since you finish it in two or three bites, it doesn’t count as calories,” says Leanne.
It’s winning crowds over and fast becoming a Sydney favourite, but don’t just take our word for it, visit the Woolloomooloo shopfront yourself and be tempted by the rich and delicious taste of the handmade French-inspired pastries and pies.
Since opening its doors more than a year ago, this humble Sydney eatery has been voted in the top 10 patisseries in Sydney by the Sydney Morning Herald and has been accredited by The Heart Foundation too. Corporate catering and private functions for companies such as David Jones, Westfield and Radisson Hotels is what Sweet Infinity now specialises in. But it doesn’t stop there. Leanne has some big plans of her own. “To open a cooking school within the patisserie, teaching others the art of cooking from scratch,” she says. “I would also like to open another couple of shopfronts so my products are easily accessible to more people around Sydney,” she adds.
There’s something for everyone at Sweet Infinity. Try the Duck L’Orange from the gourmet savoury pies menu or take a bite of the fine selection of freshly baked sourdough breads on offer. Don’t go past the simple pleasure of enjoying a coffee with some friends while you sink your teeth into a sweet dessert that’s been made from scratch. “Our products are made with the highest-grade ingredients and every piece is handmade from start to finish,” she says.
The 28-year-old chef’s résumé is extensive, working in some of Sydney’s most prized restaurants such as Wildfire, Establishment and Glass & Salon Blanc. Her passion for pastry has also taken her to Paris and London, where she studied her craft before coming back to Australia.
So what is the most popular sweet on the menu? “It’s a two-way-tie between our lemon meringue tarts and brownies. Our brownies do not contain any nuts and are full of so much mouth-melting chocolate goodness that we go through more than 800 a week,” she adds.
Known for its perfect location, sublime treats and Hollywood A-list customers, this patisserie is positioned firmly on the map as one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets.
For more information, contact Sweet Infinity on (02) 9331 2448 or visit www.sweetinfinity.com.au.
By Belinda Crestani