Baker Ned Radojcic was previously an aircraft engineer before he turned his precise hands to baking. Today, he and partner Maryanne Shearer (one of the original co-founders of T2) are at the helm of a burgeoning bread empire, unveiling their third Melbourne venue in March, 2022.
Much like the South Yarra original, the Armadale location takes inspiration from the European cafe-bakery ideal. The cavernous dining room is primed for long catch-ups over good coffee and carbs, and the space has even been acoustically treated to keep conversations in the mix.
If the statement chandelier – a bouquet of faux feathers slung from the ceiling – doesn’t catch your attention first, the vast counter lined with pastries, baguettes, pizza slabs and filled doughnuts surely will. Exclusive to Armadale, you’ll also find Danish-style open sandwiches: a slice of rye bread piled high with either pastrami, smoked salmon or egg.
On the wall behind the counter are 13 artisan breads made from stone-milled, heritage flours. Displayed like little works of leavened art, the place of origin for each style (Milan, Berlin, Melbourne) is hand-written above its corresponding loaf.