Adriano Zumbo, Balmain
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!
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)
296 Darling Street
02 9810 7318
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