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Adriano Zumbo, Balmain

2008 September 13

So, after all these months of reading about Adriano Zumbo’s incredible confections, I had to get my butt over to Balmain to finally try these creations out. My boyfriend came with me, and as mentioned in other posts he hates me taking photos of food, and thinks my foodie hobby is boring (BTW he’s obsessed with Star Wars).

So we had an undocumented lunch at a place called Trojan’s on Darling St. Food, meh..nothing special and fairly overpriced, with pretty patchy service.

Realising that we also had to vote moved us on pretty quickly. So up we wandered, popped into Victoire on the way, but my real mission was Zumbo’s.

I spotted it across the road, and my heart skipped a beat!

We dashed across the road, but could not have been prepared for the sight of these extraordinary creations. At this point I’d like to mention that I did not get the names of every goodie purchased, so please help me fill in the blanks.

We were lucky that there was a lady and her young grandson taking their time choosing as we kept going over everything…But wait! I couldn’t believe it, my boyfriend was getting excited too!

We finally decided on about $60 worth of goods. I can tell you now, I won’t be eating anything else all weekend…there goes my healthy eating plan!

Because of the unseasonably warm weather, after our purchases were made we decided to get home as quickly as possible and jump in a taxi. I must say, we had one the best taxi drivers ever! Polite and fast without being scary. Very impressive.

Home with our haul, my boyfriend was incredibly patient while I photographed everything….


The boyfriend has consumed the Sacher; I had a mouthful and it was very traditional and rich

Storm Cloud consisting of pate sable, lime creme, blueberry compote and italian meringue. This was delicious. Lemony and not too tart, and the berry added a lovely lift. With all these tasty treats, I was surprised by textures. They were all a lot softer and more delicate than I had anticipated and that made me even more thankful that we caught the taxi home.

Ed Knocked Me Up

This was probably my favourite, the chocolate coated rice crispies, the coffee cream, the touch of raspberry, I didn’t want to share this one…oh my god, yum!

Cherry Cherry

The Cherry Cherry was outstanding. Like a cross between a black forest cake and a cherry ripe. The wonderful thing was that the chocolate custard was unsweetened to balance the sweetness of the cherries and the macaron…

You Name It! consisting of mango mascarpone creme, caramel mousse with choc-mint pieces and lychee jelly. This one was gorgeous and quivering. hte fruitiness was a surprise after the intense caramel-toffeeness of the outer…

This one I don’t know the name of… Tanzanie

We shared this nameless chocolate one Tanzanie. Again, stupidly rich, with a fantastic crispy biscuit layer. I don’t know how he manages to keep it dry….

Cinque Terre (with candied olives!) Flourless chocolate biscuit, citron creme, raspberry cremeaux, candied vanilla olives, chocolate cinnamon mousse…

Candied olives. Hmm, what can I say? The texture was like an olive, and there was a sense of oliveness, but it was sweet. Very odd, but not unpleasant.

Macarons: Chocolate, Saffron and Apricot, the blue speckled one is Lavender and something else Blueberry, and the dark purple, I have no idea….but was vaguely fruity when eaten… banana-caramel

The chocolate was good, but not that interesting. The lavender was fantastic, though I can imagine a lot of people would find it quite odd. Almost a medicinal flavour to it…

The Apricot and Saffron Macron is superb with gorgeous metallic sheen to it… The tiny pieces of tangy apricot lift the macaron beyond the realms of the ordinary (And I’m telling ya I’m no Macaron expert, like my friend NQN)

Adriano Zumbo
296 Darling Street
02 9810 7318
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  1. Diana permalink
    September 13, 2008

    Holy shit, looks amazing! I never knew cakes like this existed. Making my mouth water.

  2. September 13, 2008

    I’m very much enjoying reading your blog, and have been meaning to try this place, but next time you go to Balmain you should come and visit us! Perhaps with a storm cloud…

  3. Jo + 0.625 permalink
    September 15, 2008

    Beautifully displayed… and showing such restraint to capture each delight before consuming!
    I couldn’t do it.
    Your descriptions made ‘our’ tummies rumble.
    A Must-Indulge for sure!

  4. September 15, 2008

    Amanda, definitely. I think a catch up is well overdue!

    Jo, I couldn’t believe the restraint either, but it soon disappeared. This is all I ate over the rest of the weekend! 😛

  5. September 15, 2008

    Pretty lucky to have tried so many of his creations, we only tried a few :/

  6. September 15, 2008

    Candied olives! He seems to really be playing with savoury items in his desserts in this last range. I’m totally drawn to the storm cloud, it looks so moodily gorgeous.

  7. September 19, 2008


    your mystery chocolate cake is called “tanzanie”, and i was totally going to buy that yesterday. it had been in my head all morning, and then when i got to the shop i was completely swayed by something topped with an olive oil mousse.

    (and the macaron — lavender and *blueberry*, i think, and it looks like the lighter brown one was the banana-caramel)

    i’m not obsessed with these cakes, really… 😉

  8. Da Boyfriend permalink
    September 22, 2008

    That’s lies about the boyfriend. He does support her foodie ways, just not as equally excited about them 😛

  9. September 22, 2008

    Hi Howard, sad you didn’t get to try more, but there’s always many other visits to be had! 🙂

    Lorraine, The olives were amazing. The texture and the taste. Very creative.

    Bowb, thank you very much…Hmm, perhaps as obsessive as I?

    Da Boyfriend, I’ll deal with you when you get home! 😉

  10. Da Boyfriend permalink
    September 22, 2008


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