Shortstop Coffee & Donuts
There has been a LOT of hype about this place. They’ve been teasing the city of Melbourne for literally months on Instagram, it’s been spoken about in every hot magazine and written about on every foodie/lifestyle website around, and the lines can take a while to get to the front of, if they haven’t sold our first. The brain child of Anthony Ivey and partner Sinye Ooi, these donuts are the product of 12 months of working on their craft, after travelling around America and Canada “researching” (read: eating) donuts. Oh, to be doing what those kids did (actually, I will be doing that in a few months… WOO!)…
Anyway, I’d been curious about these puppies for a while, but, to be completely honest, couldn’t really be bothered walking all that way across the city from my work offices to pay $5 for a donut, that may have been sold out by the time I got there. First world problems, I know, I’m hanging my head in shame as I type this.
Last week, curiosity for the better of me, and I decided to spend my lunch break productively; walking 20 minutes (in heels, idiot!) to the other side of the city to purchase some donuts to bring home to the husband. I got there around 2pm mid-week, and to my happy surprise, found only 4 people in line in front of me! Not bad, considering what I’d heard!
To my greater joy, nothing was sold out at that stage, so I had my pick of the bunch! I went, from left to right, a peanut butter and jam, a bourbon creme brulee, and an earl grey and rose. I have to mention here a big apology to Terri at littlewanderings.com – I found out via Instagram that we actually must have JUST missed each other at Shortstop by a matter of minutes, when she posted that she was told they’d just sold out of the bourbon creme brulee a few minutes before her order – a post that popped up on Instagram a few minutes after I left with my donuts! Sorry if that was me who took the last donut Terri!!!
Anyway, the donuts. They weren’t cheap at 3 for $14.50, but my goodness they were good! The earl grey was well glazed and had a nice flavour, but not as strong as I’d have thought.
The bourbon creme brulee was fantastic, and the cream filling actually tasted like bourbon!!! Very, very strongly too – a few of these and you wouldn’t be driving home! The dough itself was soft too, but thick enough to hold it all. The burnt sugar brulee top was lovely too, not too burnt or overpowering for the filling.
The PB&J was my personal favourite – the frosting tasted like ACTUAL peanut butter, and that home made jam was something else… so good! I’d just about walk the 40 minute round trip again just for one of those!! Top marks!
Oh, and they do coffee too – apparently it’s very good, but I’m not a coffee drinker, so you’ll just have to take everyone else’s word for it! If you’re in the city, don’t be too discouraged by the potential for long lines. Yeah,I guess they’re designer donuts and they’re gonna cost you a bit, but they’re good enough to justify it every now and then! Oh, and if you wanna go a bit nuts and order a few, you can actually pre-order online, which means you can skip the line and the potential “sold out” heart break! Get on Shortstop people, they make a mean donut!