SWEETIE AND MOUSTACHE, MELBOURNE CBD: The perfect late night dessert and cocktail lounge, in a prime location overlooking Russell Street, Sweetie and Moustache gives late-night wanders a plethora of dessert, bar and cocktail options able to satisfy anyone’s cravings! I’m already a huge fan of the relaxed, spacious vibes, with cushioned seats next to floor to ceiling windows overlooking passerbys below and really cute decor, featuring a life size toy soldier and a bright red London telephone box. Despite having such a comprehensive menu, the cocktails certainly didn’t disappoint and neither does the food! Sweetie covers the desserts, of which the mille-crepe is the most famous, whilst Moustache refers to all the savoury options!
Tiramisu Cocktail w. Espresso and Lady Fingers (Rum, Kahlua, Chocolate Liquer, Cream) – $19.5
The good fat: I’ve had my fair share of bad cocktails, and this certainly wasn’t one! I love tiramisu (having had the best one in Italy by Pompi Tiramisu) and was keen to see how this would be recreated in a cocktail. This was definitely quite a sweet cocktail, but the chocolate, espresso and cream worked together really well for a mellow, rich flavour and a hint of the Kahlua + Bailey’s liquer just coming through. I loved the layer of cream on top dusted with the cocoa powder and the lady finger on the side to recreate the sponginess you’d normally get in a tiramisu cake. A delicious drink and perfect balance of sweetness to alcholic content!
The bad fat: Nothing really!
Lychee Watermelon Mille-Crepe (Fresh watermelon, Lychee, Vanilla Crepes, Cream and Sponge) – $10.0
The good fat: My first time trying a crepe cake and it was quite exciting! I enjoyed how they used an actual slice of watermelon inside to give that refreshing burst (reminds me of Black Star Pastry’s watermelon cake) instead of an artificial fruitiness. The cream was a nice touch to create an overall cake that wasn’t too sweet and let the fruit take centre stage.
The bad fat: I felt that the lychee was a bit weird in this instance – every time I took a bite with lychee in it, there seemed to be a random burst of sweetness that didn’t really fit in with the rest of the dessert. The texture of the crepe itself was a bit too hard, as mille-crepe cakes should almost blend together seemlessly. I didn’t think that the watermelon and lychee were a bit awkward when put together (even though I love both fruits a lot)
Rock Melon Icy Ice (Fresh Juicy Rockmelon, Shaved Ice with Condensed Milk, Vanilla Icecream) – $19.0
The good fat: Omg the vanilla icecream on top was probably the standout for me! It was so vanilla-concentrated, smooth and creamy – you could see the vanilla bean specks inside and wow quite a scoop! I’ve had similar type desserts (bingsoo in Korean) where it’s shaved ice with either matcha or fruit-like combinations but this was my first time having the rockmelon one. I’ve always been a fan of condensed milk with shaved ice to give that milky sweetness and this one proved no different – I would recommend this for a refreshing cool down on a sweltering summer’s day and it’s the perfect portion size to share amongst 1 or 2 friends!
The bad fat: This is slightly on the pricier end of the shaved ices I’ve had so I think I was expecting more. A little disappointed because it appeared to be just ice and rockmelon with a cup of condensed milk on the side to pour on. I guess you pay for the presentation and how it’s scooped out into little balls on the side. It would’ve been great to have some added components either within the ice or decorating e.g. mochi, red bean etc. which is pretty common in these desserts.
Soft Shell Crab w. Tartare Sauce and Lemon- $9.0
Super Loaded Chips w. Cheese, Bacon and Housemade Mayo- $10.0
The good fat: Time for the savoury stuff! I loved both of these side dishes – a perfect bar snack if you don’t want to drink alcohol on an empty stomach or just need something salty to counteract all that dessert. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the crab, and was very surprised that they had fried an entire soft shell crab – with the legs etc. all visible in that shape. I was also lucky enough to get a chunk of crab roe in one of the sections! The lemon on the side went with it perfectly and the outside was fried very crisply. The tartare sauce was the perfect accompaniment for the seafood.
The chips were huge and chunky but crispy on the outside – the perfect size! I loved the melted cheese and sauce on top, with the slightly crispy pieces of bacon dotted around. A decent portion size as the chips were very potato-y and there was just the right amount of sauce to give everything a tasty, salty kick.
The bad fat: Some parts of the soft shell crab were slightly charred so it was a bit hard and burnt. I wished the cheesiness would be a bit stronger as the starchiness of the huge potato chunks almost overpowered it. Also if there was a bit more bacon, its crispy, aromatic flavours would last as you worked your way through all the chips.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – For a cosy getaway in the city with a wide range of late night options (including delicious dessert cocktails!) guaranteed to satisfy you – but maybe not the desserts