Sydney-born bakery Kurtosh is named for its most popular item. Short for kürtőskalács, this Hungarian street snack is a crunchy, caramelised coil of dough with a soft, brioche-like interior. Kurtosh are freshly rolled and cooked to order (while wrapped around a rolling pin), then topped with one of a variety of flavours: cinnamon and coconut perhaps, or walnut and Nutella.
The well-stocked display cabinet here is also filled with other Central European-inspired baked goods, both sweet and savoury. Roulades, teacakes, babka, croissants, and an array of slab cakes round out the sweet options. Savoury burekas are filled with sweet potato and thyme, potato and mushroom, and eggplant. Flavours are mostly seasonal, with recipes cooked up in the Sydney kitchen.
For indecisive diners, Kurtosh is a haven. All cakes are sold by weight, allowing patrons to sample small portions if they prefer, rather than committing to a standard-sized piece. Alternatively, they can order an extra-large portion of a favourite. Flavours range from a fruit-filled strawberry sponge to richer options such as cookies and cream, tiramisu, and an espresso-butter roulade.
You can pair your cake with Kurtosh’s specialty coffee blend, created alongside another Sydney expat, Seven Miles Roasters. Otherwise, it’s bottled juice or green and rose iced teas from the cold selection.
Since the first site opened in Sydney’s Randwick, Kurtosh has expanded to multiple stores across New South Wales and Victoria. This is the first store to hit Queensland, and it’s proved to be immensely popular.