It's Doughnut Time. After teasing Sydneysiders with their wares at Topshop stores, Doughnut Time has finally opened its first Sydney standalone shop in Chippendale. These are American-style yeast-raised donuts, soft and fluffy, that are hand-dipped in glazes that range from burnt butter to sour watermelon glaze. They've got a terrific sense of humour too, with names like The George Costanza, Melon Degeneres and Slim Slady - they all make sense once you see the toppings involved!
Doughnut Time at Central Park
Doughnut Time, which started with stores in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, expanded to Sydney only a month ago. Their newest residence is on the lower ground floor of Central Park, in the spot once occupied by Autolyse. They may have only opened late last Friday, but donut fans are already flocking.
Doughnut Time menu
The donuts either come filled or glazed. All of them are an easy $6 each.
Original Glazed; The White Knight white chocolate and cream glaze; The George Costanza with pretzels; and The Butternut burnt butter glaze with crushed pistachios
The shop front offers only a small glimpse into the kitchen out the back where they make all their donuts fresh each day. It's had not to press your nose up against the window as you decide which one/s to order.
Cream glaze with mini M&Ms
The Slim Shady is aptly covered in M&Ms.
The Cookie Monster
Cream and chocolate glaze, marshmallow and chocolate biscuit filling topped with an Oreo
The Cookie Monster is one for Oreo fans.
The Cate Blanchett
White, dark and milk chocolate glaze with Tim Tams on top
And the Cate Blanchett was a firm favourite of the server behind the counter when I visited.
Six pack donut box
Faced with a daunting abundance of choices, I bought a whole boxful - in the name of research of course.
[Clockwise from top left]: The Butternut, Melon Degeneres; Love at First Bite; The George Costanza; Teaches of Peaces; and Creme de la Creme.
Teaches of Peaces
Peach, raspberry and cream glaze topped with freeze-dried raspberries
Inside the Teaches of Peaces
Let's get one thing out of the way. These donuts are huge. You practically need to unhinge your jaw to take a bite from top to bottom. But as your teeth break through the glaze and then sink into its fluffy core, it's hard not to feel your heart flutter. Watching the donut spring back to its former height is another glorious sight.
The Teaches of Peaces isn't noticeably strong on the peach and raspberry flavour in the glaze, but it's a pretty one, garnished with freeze-fried raspberries for a tangy sweetness.
The George Costanza
Caramel and pink salt glaze topped with salted pretzels
These pretzels probably won't make you thirsty but The George Costanza is still a fitting tribute, the lofty donut glazed with caramel and pink salt and crowned with salted pretzels.
Creme de la Creme
Creme brulee custard-filled doughnut with a sticky toffee glaze
The Creme de la Creme really does taste like creme brulee, its custard filling bursting forth from the donut in a deliciously splodgy mess.
Creme brulee custard inside the Creme de la Creme
The tangle of burnt toffee on top makes it. That crack of toffee is exactly what you need to fool yourself that you're eating a creme brulee and a donut at the exact same time.
Burnt butter glaze with crushed pistachios
Beauty comes in simplicity too. The Butternut ends up being one of my favourites, with its burnt butter glaze that yields a deep and rich nuttiness.
Inside The Butternut
The crumble of pistachios on top add extra crunch.
Sour watermelon and cream glaze and sherbet topped with mini choc chips
Is it possible to say Melon Degeneres without cracking a smile? The visuals are brilliant - deep green against a dark candy pink and just enough mini choc chips to look like watermelon seeds.
Inside the Melon Degeneres
The sour watermelon glaze isn't too overpowering. I find this one addictive with its interplay of sour and sweet.
Love at First Bite
Nutella-filled with cinnamon sugar
But if you want a donut that doubles as a meal, go for the Love at First Bite. It's a hefty one, substantially heavier that three other donuts combined.
Inside the Love at First Bite
I'm pretty sure they squeezed in a small jar of Nutella inside the one. It's one never-ending pool of gooey Nutella, getting all over your lips that are probably already crusted with sugar crystals.
Doughnut Time will continue its march south with stores due to open in Melbourne in December. In the meantime, we know what time it is...
Lower ground floor, 28 Broadway, Chippendale, Sydney
(opposite Coco Cubano and Ippudo)
Open 7 days 8am until 8pm or until sold out
Also open at:
Sydney CBD - Topshop, Gowings Building, 45 Market Street
Sydney Chatswood - Topshop, Westfield Chatswood, 1 Anderson Street
Brisbane CBD - Topshop, Corner Elizabeth and Albert Street
Brisbane Clayfield - 805 Sandgate Road
Brisbane Fortitude Valley - 39 Alfred Street
Brisbane Indooroopilly - Indooroopilly Shopping Centre food court
Gold Coast Mermaid Beach - Shop 5, 2375 Gold Coast Highway
Gold Coast Surfers Paradise - Corner Cavill Avenue and Surfers Parade Boulevard
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