La Vie En Rose
I have been patiently waiting for a gorgeous weekend to visit the hype and woohah that has been brought onto the dessert world by Mr Zumbo. Hiding sneakily, the cafe is in the corner serving great coffee by The Little Marionette and Adriano Zumbo’s creative masterpieces.
We settled down on nicely cushioned seats in the courtyard and begin with coffee and milkshakes – not knowing the sweetness that was ahead of us. Our first sugar hit is the La Vie En Rose; rose creme brulee, raspberry sorbet, fresh lychees, petite rose macaroons and a coconut strawberry tapioca shake on the side. The tapioca shake was a little strange in texture but sweet to the tongue. The creme brulee had a fantastic layers to explore through – strawberries, macaroons, sorbet and brulee as a base. Summery and wonderfully complimenting flavours.
It’s a macaron not a hamburger!
Next up is It’s a macaron not a hamburger!; two macaron filled with dulce de leche gelato with a banana caramel pudding and chocolate soil. Creative as it looks, it was slightly too sweet for my liking, although the flavours mashed into the dish were great. A spoonful of macaron, ice cream and rice pudding was the perfect biteful. My favourite would be the rice pudding component – light and the banana was wonderfully blended in.
The Younger Years
Finally, The Younger Years dish was served up in a surgical pan filled with chocolate fondant with raspberry coulis and vanilla anglaise injection with peanut butter gelato. This dish definitely wowed us. Unusual, fancy and delicious. The novelty of being able to control and inject the raspberry into the fondant was great. The fondant was perfectly cooked, wonderful on the outside, moist and rich on the inside. The peanut butter gelato was the hot favourite within the group – little crunch, sweet but not too sweet, just perfect!
Hit down the road for the Zumbo patisserie.
Adriano Zumbo Cafe Chocolat is now closed.
Adriano Zumbo Cafe Chocolat
Shop 5, 308 Darling St