Although I shouldn’t eat wheat, I make a few exceptions. For desserts. Of course. The humble doughnut, probably one of the wheatiest of all desserts, would have to be number one on my list of favourite desserts. My love for doughnuts dates back to my childhood and growing up in an outer south eastern suburb that couldn’t boast for much at the time. But inexplicably it had one of those silver and purple doughnut vans and sometimes my parents would buy me and my brother and even half dozen. Three hot, sugary, jam dripping goodnesses each. Times were different then. No one cared about `too much sugar’.
Anyway, enough about me. Let me recommend two places in Melbourne’s west where you can get a doughnut. I’m generous like that.
1. Olympic Doughnuts.
No doughnut list in Melbourne is complete without a mention of Olympic doughnuts at Footscray station. No one ever talks about Olympic Doughnuts without moaning gutturally in deep pleasure. Doughnut van owner and doughnut maker Nikos Tsigliris makes about 500 doughnuts a day. He and his little van have been in the same place for 33 years. That’s a lot of doughnuts.
Nick is quite the charmer too. He can still make a woman swoon. When I told him my parents were from Larissa, central Greece, he recited some lines from a Greek song about fair skinned, fair haired Greek women like myself, being the most beautiful in Greece, before handing over a couple of free doughnuts. Smooth.
Where: Footscray Station, 51 Irvine St, Footscray.
Hours: Mon- Sat. 9a – 5p
80c a doughnut or $4.80 for six.
2. Papa Bear Bakehouse.
Actually in the heart of the middle of nowhere is this tiny gem of a bakery that specialises in Filipino bread and delicacies. The friendly owners are too shy to reveal much about themselves. All you need to know is that the Filipino doughnuts are very good. They come in a plait, and are dusted with sugar and/or cinnamon. And they are 50 cents each, very much worth the trek out to Braybrook. Fifty cents people. Fifty cents. And while you are out there, pop into here. That will make for a lovely afternoon tea.