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Why just have one pastry when you can have a whole box?!
Kalymnos Pastries in Torrensville is serving up massive, customisable pastry boxes, and we can’t wait to get our hands on them.
And while this pastry shop of course isn’t the only patisserie operating largely on a takeaway basis, we wanted to tell you about this place in particular because we love the shop’s story (and because they look especially delicious!)
George Diakomichalis opened Kalymnos Pastries in 1995, carrying on a family business established in Greece in 1918 by his great grandfather. The fourth generation pastry chef uses recipes handed down from his family and specialises in traditional, authentic Greek cakes and pastries.
“We’re proud South Australians, but I’m also equally as proud of my Greek heritage,” Diakomichalis says.
“But it doesn’t matter what your heritage is: We’re all about sharing food and our culture through it.”
The popular pastry spot, which has won numerous awards for best patisserie in the state and even nation, has around 40 pastries on offer at a time, with about 16 core products and the rest rotational. In the cooler months coming up, customers can gear up for heavier comfort food. While they have all types of desserts––custard, syrup, biscuit, shortbread, and more––the patisserie’s signature dishes include a Greek baklava and cream kapaisi.
They also have coffee, including Greek coffee, and “rustic, old-school” savoury dishes, including spinach and feta triangles and salads. They have specials sometimes as well, such as chicken soup on colder days or kebabs.
Through food and quality service, Diakomichalis just wants to make his customers happy.
“We want to make people feel good, mentally and with their taste buds,” the owner says.
If you want to try the shop’s pastries, which come individually or in customisable takeaway boxes, head to 3/158 Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville. If you want to attempt making your own pastries, the chef also recently launched Bake with George, a collection of bake at home desserts.