If you didn't know, Bariloche is a town in the foothills of the Andes in Argentina. Climbing up the hill of Glebe Point Road can feel like a mountain expedition in Patagonia at times, but it's worth it when you find a little treasure like this at the top. This part of Glebe has stayed pretty much unchanged, there's no small bars of funky bookshops to be found. Some of the stores have been closed for a while and it feels like the locals kind of like it nice and quiet.
Beef empenada is the big attraction snack here, filled with minced beef, chopped egg and green olives. There's a little bit of spice in the meat and the pastry is flakey and crumbles off in your mouth. At $4.50 it's pricier than a meat pie but the above average filling and pastry lift its value.
There's also a vegetable option, also $4.50, filled with a mix of vegetables lightly stewed in tomato and a piece of cheese inside. Same flaky pastry. The beef version is really the pick of the two.
As a patisserie, there are a lot of cake options. Occasionally they do a classic caramel flavoured number which was not on offer when we went, but today's recommendation from the cafe was their croissant. A little denser than the normal air filled fluffy version, it was not overly sweet and had a homestyle feel about it.
They also serve coffees and you can eat your picks in store at a few tables inside. If you don't feel like eating in grab your pastry and head across the road to the park in front of the library. They sometimes sell out of empanadas early, so get in before the lunch rush.
Cafe Bariloche is at 333 Glebe Point Road, Glebe.