Izba, Russian Treats is situated a quick 10 minute walk from Newtown , or if you're feeling like some exercise, a 30 minute walk from USYD (which I did) and provides a homey Russian experience, serving delicious cakes and pastries which are all baked in house. "Izba" in Russian means a wooden cottage, symbolising comfort, home, happiness and childhood memories and though I am no longer a 'child' comfort, happiness and home food is what Izba delivers.
A few of the girls and I literally ran from USYD, scoffed down these cakes and ran back all within the hour, but it was well worth walking in the heat carrying uni bags.
We started off sharing the Babka , a brioche based dessert, with swirls of cinnamon & chocolaty goodness served warm (didn't taste any cinnamon though ?)..
Babka - $5.50
Our Napoleon, being a 5 layer dessert had a nice buttery flaky texture, all sandwiched by the custard like cream in-between with a crumbly crust.
Napoleon (RHS) : $11.50
The star dessert was the Honey Cake where unlike normal whipped cream, a vanilla sour cream is smothered in between of course, with a generous honey taste. I honestly would have never imagined a dessert to have sour cream as an in-between layer ! Another crumble ontop gives it an additional texture. I did find this a little rich and sweet though, but when you share a variety of desserts, little pieces here and there are never enough !
Honey Cake : $9.50
I'm quite keen to try their other savoury dishes such as their Salmon Pie and Blini's (Buckwheat Pancakes), though I'm probably eyeing their range of desserts first ! Service here is very efficient, so it's always a good place to stop by if you're time short and the staff were very lovely. Tables are scarce though !
Did I forget to mention I like pretty walls ?
PS if you order from Menulog you get 10% off your first order !