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Review: Doughboy Doughnuts

Shop J, 535 Little Lonsdale Street (via Healeys Lane)
Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9973 1761

Being a food wanker, I like things that are artisanal, sold in pop-up stores for a limited time and wrapped in a veneer of Duke, Franchise or Helvetica. Luckily, Melbourne’s newest doughnut store is all of those things and more.

Now, I might not go crazy over sugar and spice and all edible goodies ending in –ose (except for lactose, mmm) but I do love a good doughnut. Thankfully, Doughboy Doughnuts strongly delivers with a strong sugary punch.

Inspired by America’s long-lasting affair with doughnuts, creative duo Walter McKenzie and Brook Miller teamed up with Market Lane’s Anthony Ivey to open up Doughboy Doughnuts. With a focus on quality doughnuts that come in interesting flavours, Doughboy Doughnuts has already been a hit with those in the know.

You can find the boys at Mr Nice Guy Thai restaurant between 7:00 – 11:00 am on weekdays (though they’ve stopped trading on Tuesdays now), though it’s best to get in early. My workmate Pete and I rocked up to Doughboy Doughnuts at 10:00 am on what would have been their third day of trading – only to be told that they had already run out of doughnuts! Unperturbed, I decided to try again the following week – this time at 7:45 am.

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Success!

Despite the ungodly early hour (I will never be a morning person as long as I live in Melbourne), there was still a sizeable crowd when I rocked up. I grabbed a few doughnuts to share with my workmates along with a cup of coffee – a solid latte that was slightly steep at $4 but hey, it was from Market Lane (and I think Market Lane serves some of Melbourne’s finest coffee)  so all was forgiven.

From top left (clockwise): Lime coconut, pistachio and maple bacon

From top left (clockwise): Lime coconut, pistachio and maple bacon

At $4.80 each, you may baulk at the price tag if you are used to buying Woolies cinnamon doughnuts or even Krispy Kreme doughnuts. However, they’re worth every cent. Each doughnut is big and puffy, with insides as soft as marshmallow yet beautifully dense enough for it to count as a legit breakfast item.

I enjoyed the pistachio doughnut with its vanilla icing tainted with zingy orange zest while the surprisingly sweeter lime coconut doughnut was beautifully topped with slivers of toasted coconut. My favourite one, however, was the maple bacon.

Yes, folks, maple bacon. I don’t think anything else needs to be said.

Flavours rotate regularly so you’ll never know what you’ll get when you rock up – I missed out on trying the salted caramel doughnut, for example.

You might be thinking, ‘Man, this bitch is a pig. Fancy eating all three doughnuts!’ In actual fact, I only chopped off a bite-sized piece of each doughnut before distributing the rest of the doughnuts to the hungry masses in the office. They may be amazing doughnuts, but even they’re a bit too much for me!

In all seriousness, they’re probably Melbourne’s best fancy doughnuts. I may not be an early riser but as long as Doughboy Doughnuts are occupying this space (from what I’ve heard, they’re here until the end of October), I’ll make an effort to stop by before work.

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6 Comments on Review: Doughboy Doughnuts

  1. Sophie
    October 23, 2013 at 08:25 (9 months ago)

    Krispy Kreme donuts tend to be too heavy for me (except for original glaze which I can down a couple of). The flavours certainly looks interesting though!

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  2. Amy
    October 23, 2013 at 08:32 (9 months ago)

    These look AMAZING! I’ve been hanging out for Krispy Kreme to come to Perth for years, however now I’m thinking they just may have been superseded

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    • libishski
      October 28, 2013 at 13:20 (9 months ago)

      There is still demand for Krispy Kreme in Melbourne though :) I had no idea that there is no KK store in Perth, hopefully it won’t be too long until you guys get one.

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  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    October 23, 2013 at 12:42 (9 months ago)

    These remind me of the donuts at Gourdoughs in Texas! They’re epic donuts and every one has a really unique flavour combo :)

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  4. Catherine
    October 23, 2013 at 20:53 (9 months ago)

    They seem super popular now at the moment with their pop up! I hope to try the bacon maple one next time hehe

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