Chester Street Kitchen, Newstead

Food lovers can rejoice in the opening of Chester Street Kitchen, in Chester Street of course.

It's located in premises formerly used by Spanakopita and their delightful greek pies and just down the road from Dello Mano, making the area a double delight to visit.

This is another brain child from hotelier and foodie Damian Griffiths who has Limes Hotel and with soon-to-open Alfred and Constance. He jumped on the opportunity offered by the closing of Spanakopita to grab a kitchen where gourmet treats for all his operations could be produced.  Smart thinking Damian!

Kirsty Mundt (right) and Nadia Okore

Heading up the kitchen is pastry chef Kirsty Mundt who has returned from Sydney after working in Adriano Zumbo's kitchen.  Put her macarons right at the top of your list - burnt vanilla my new favourite flavour.

Kirsty is working hard to fill the shelves with all manner of goodies from pies and pastries to cupcakes and marshmallows, all made in house. You'll also find Kirsty's classes on Black Pearl Epicure's cooking school list.

I tried a cheesecake cupcake, burnt vanilla maracon and passionfruit marshmallow on my visit and was so impressed I left with takeaways for the night's dinner.  We feasted on beef and vintage ale pies and bread and butter puddings which were delish.

Kirsty says she has plans to use the wood-fired ovens at Alfred and Constance to whip up batches of sour dough bread which are one of the few things on sale at Chester Street Kitchen not produced in house at the moment.

While the cabinet shelves were a little bare on my visit, there was a great looking salad on display.  There are certainly plenty of baked goodies to choose from and you won't be disappointed by the flavour.

The coffee is Allpress.

Put this at the top of your must try list.

Bottom line:  great tasting baked goods at reasonable prices
Best tip: there's parking right out front.

Open seven days 7am to 4pm.