ZUMBO PATISSERIE, SOUTH YARRA: A spur of the moment decision and hankering for chocolatey dessert goodness led us to this South Yarra patisserie, featuring desserts from the renowned Croquembouche mastermind, Adriano Zumbo. There is quite a select range of cakes and only 2/3 tables and chairs in the glass cabinet, takeaway cake section. Being a Monday afternoon, there weren’t many people so it was quite a lovely setting to enjoy our piece of dessert decadence, with the electric neon “Zumbo” lighting up the dreary afternooon.
Flourless Chocolate Fondant Cake (Italian meringue, fresh strawberries and assorted decorations) – $7.5
The good fat: Super rich and dense chocolate cake that wasn’t too overpowering, as there was a dark chocolate undertone that cut through any sweetness. It was like a maximum impact, soft chewy chocolate brownie! Absolutely nothing to criticise in terms of the chocolate cake itself – taking each bite through the chocolatey layers was simply heaven. The meringue peaks were very fluffy and light, but not really a hint of meringue flavour. Presentation was also stunning! The delicately placed decorations gave it a really cool, edgy 3D look that was aesthetically gorgeous.
The bad fat: The macaroons were very sweet, and although it was two different flavours – each side was different coloured, (which was really inventive) it meant that you couldn’t really appreciate the single flavours themselves. Also tasted a little like they had left it for too long as the outside wasn’t really the nice crispiness I enjoy. Could also have more effort in terms of presenting the cake on the plate for dining in.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES! Another dessert place to add to my growing list, I can’t wait to try the brownie and cheesecake they have here 🙂