I’ve been keen to try Donut Papi since they opened a café in December 2017.
Donut Papi had been doing the market stalls for some time, and finally opened their own permanent outlet in Redfern. It’s a tiny store with just a few chairs. The address is Redfern Street, but the door is actually on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Redfern Lane.
The owner, Kenneth Rodrigueza, started making doughnuts because, unlike his home in the Philippines, he saw there weren’t many doughnut stores in Sydney. You have to admire this man and his desire to make Sydney a better place to live.
Behind the counter, the chefs are working away, creating eye-popping treats. The range of doughnuts varies from day to day, which is just perfect in my opinion. They have some specialties, such as doughnuts with ube, matcha, sakura, Thai milk tea and their signature ‘Redfern Velvet’. I’ve never heard of ube or sakura, so I’ve earmarked them to try one day.
On the counter are examples of what’s available. One jumped out at me – the Apple Pie Fritter. It’s ugly, but something told me this was going to be a taste sensation.
Some might say a fritter is not a doughnut, but I’m not one to split hairs. If it’s not a doughnut, it’s closely related on its mother’s side.
I was right. The Apple Pie Fritter is amazing.
On top are stripes of soft caramel and vanilla icing. Inside is a lovely soft dough, with ripples of sweet cinnamon. If anything, I’d like to have more apple filling.
It is a big beast. The size and the sweetness demand eating it with a cup of coffee.
Damn, it was enjoyable.