Never mind Melbourne's love affair with doughnuts, scrolls are making a comeback and their first champion is Eat a Scroll in Collingwood. Julian Chew, scroll lover and former owner of Lip Cafe in Ivanhoe is the brains behind this operation: a scroll pop up selling only his tried and tested scrolls that were selling out each day at his cafe. At the moment they have seven delicious flavour combinations, which makes choosing just one quite the task. Thankfully, Chew understands how addictive these pastries can be, and has made a concerted effort not to turn them into a health hazard; his scrolls contain less sugar and butter than what you would find in more commercial bakeries, as well as no additives or preservatives.
Scrolls include the original cinnamon with cream cheese icing, the chocolate caramel, a peanut butter and banana concoction, and their latest creation, sour cherry and gingerbread. It's easy to see why Julian would have to make a few batches of these little numbers every day — they are pastry perfection. The scroll itself is soft, just about melting in your mouth, and the sweet cream cheese icing covering the surface is the perfect amount: enough to feel like a treat, but not too much as to leave you feeling sick in the tum.
We were particularly excited and apprehensive about the peanut butter and banana combo, as peanut butter anything is amazing, but runs the risk of drying your mouth out. That was certainly not the case here, and once again the scroll was sweet without feeling sickly. If you are a bit of a sweet tooth, the chocolate caramel is the way to go, but our favourite was the excellent combination of cherry and gingerbread. It's perfect for the festive season, with a balanced combination of sweetness and tang.
The decor is, in a word, adorable. Turquoise blue is matched with pale pink and yellow to capture the nostalgic vibe they're going for. Chew and his partner met while studying interior design, so we're excited to see what steps they'll take when they move into a more permanent home in April next year. While the menu for now is focusing heavily on scrolls, Chew told us they'll be venturing further into other baked goods, and he's excited to serve up some new cakes further down the line.
For those looking for something savoury, Eat A Scroll also offer simple rolls. An egg roll for breaky or a chicken roll for lunch is small (and cheap) enough for you to take a scroll away with you as well. Grab a Supreme Coffee on your way out the door and you're laughing. Those who say you can't have everything clearly need to venture down to Smith Street in the near future.