Adriano Zumbo – 40 Days and Nights in Paris

May 31st, 2009

May 2009

I have been so excited about going to see Adriano Zumbo’s new collection of cakes and macarons since I heard about the launch 3 weeks ago and got even more excited when I saw a sneak peak preview on Not Quite Nigella!!! Lucky Lorraine!! (I’m secretly [or not so secretly] very jealous! 😉 ).

“…….” - Hazelnut meringue, anzac moisture, mint chocolate disc, vanilla apple tatin chantilly, apple tatine compote, isomalt caramel.

“…….” - Hazelnut meringue, anzac moisture, mint chocolate disc, vanilla apple tatin chantilly, apple tatine compote, isomalt caramel.

I have never been to Zumbo’s before and have been reading great reviews about it for the past year. This is also my first time in meeting some fellow food bloggers and my first review of a café. A big thanks to Reem for organising this lovely get together, it was great to finally meet everyone: Reem, Lili, Steph, Chris and Tim, Belle, Trina, Simon, Karen and Susan.

I not only love cakes, biscuits, chocolate, macarons, cream and all other things sweet, but I also love when people present their dishes in a gorgeous way, so I was in for a treat!

“!” - Smoked rice orange brulee, violet curd, pate sable with mandarin and ruby grapefruit segments.

“!” - Smoked rice orange brulee, violet curd, pate sable with mandarin and ruby grapefruit segments.

After seeing the preview I had an idea of definite cakes to try, the chocolate ‘popcorn’ stack and the Mille Feuille … and don’t forget the lovely range of macarons.

“Escape from a Colombia Rainforest” - flourless chocolate sponge, dark chocolate fizzy disc, cherry cola jelly, cherry cola slurp, chocolate sabayon mousse.

“Escape from a Colombia Rainforest” - flourless chocolate sponge, dark chocolate fizzy disc, cherry cola jelly, cherry cola slurp, chocolate sabayon mousse.

“P” - Mandarin mousse, tonka bean brulee, pain d’epice, sour cream jelly, almond ginger crunch disc.

“P” - Mandarin mousse, tonka bean brulee, pain d’epice, sour cream jelly, almond ginger crunch disc.

Adriano, Rachel and the other lovely staff at the café had a spread of the new collection of cakes out for us to photograph and after choosing a few to buy and take home, we were able to share the remaining cakes there.

“6/11/81″ - Milk passion caramel mousse, lime creme, passionfruit marshmallow, coconut crunch and brownie.

“6/11/81″ - Milk passion caramel mousse, lime creme, passionfruit marshmallow, coconut crunch and brownie.

At Adriano’s I tried a beautiful lime and passionfruit marshmallow cake. There were two sections to this cake, one with a slightly crunchy coconut layer on the outside, with layers of marshmallow and cake and the other covered in luscious mousse. I would have this again – and have been craving it since! 🙂

Smoked toasted marshmallow & chocolate cake, Carrot and seaweed teacake  and Gianduja ganache with caramel in a pate sable shell

Smoked toasted marshmallow & chocolate cake, Carrot and seaweed teacake and Gianduja ganache with caramel in a pate sable shell

Adriano also bought out a few different cakes that were sliced up on the spot. A carrot cake wrapped in seaweed along with a marshmallow cake which had marshmallow in the top of the cake, with a distinctly smoky flavoured cake and glaze, which was topped with marshmallow and ‘coal’-like pieces on top.

“S” - Tea and passionfruit soaked pears & savarin, lavender saffron mascarpone creme, crumble, raspberry jelly, coconut rehydration pipette.

“S” - Tea and passionfruit soaked pears & savarin, lavender saffron mascarpone creme, crumble, raspberry jelly, coconut rehydration pipette.

“W” - Chocolate pop rock & popcorn disc, vanilla almond chantilly, dulce de leche, flourless chocolate sponge, almond feulletine.

“W” - Chocolate pop rock & popcorn disc, vanilla almond chantilly, dulce de leche, flourless chocolate sponge, almond feulletine.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to try the chocolate popcorn stack, but heard it was lovely, this means I’ll have to travel back there 😉 Anyone interested?

‘X' - Pine nut gianduja mousse, dark chocolate crème, pate feulletage caramelise, sacher sponge

‘X' - Pine nut gianduja mousse, dark chocolate crème, pate feulletage caramelise, sacher sponge

I decided to buy two cakes to take home for my family to try. One was the Mille Feuille, which consisted of layers of pine nut mousse, fresh and cripsy puff pastry and chocolate crème. There were a few flavours I couldn’t pick in this dish and most people enjoyed this one.

(It fell while I took in on trek home), but it didn't change how much I love it. “V” - Macadamia praline mousse, macadamia dacquoise, vanilla chantilly, pear tatine palette, macadamia feulletine.

(It fell over while I took it on the trek home), but it didn't change how much I loved it. “V” - Macadamia praline mousse, macadamia dacquoise, vanilla chantilly, pear tatine palette, macadamia feulletine.

I really enjoyed ‘V’. After hearing the numerous amounts of ways macadamia were incorporated into this dish and seeing its gorgeous presentation, I thought both my family and I would certainly enjoy this tremendously. It was certainly one of the favourites with the vanilla chantilly working wonders with the macadamia layers, and the pear tatine cutting some of the creaminess in the dish.

Macaron flavours, clockwise from back left: Baklava, Rice Pudding, Toffe Apple, Dark Chocolate

(These also got a bit broken on the way home). 🙁 Macaron flavours, clockwise from back left: Baklava, Rice Pudding, Toffe Apple, Dark Chocolate

I took four macarons home to try as well. The rice pudding was my favourite with a lovely vanilla flavour and rice texture. The chocolate macaron was lovely, slightly bitter with rich dark chocolate. The baklava macaron had a big hit of what I thought was cardamon? But I’m never good at picking flavours and the toffee apple had a hard and (beware for those with loose fillings) chewy outside toffee shell, with a soft apple interior.

The Man himself - Adriano being inundated by bloggers wanting photos

The Man himself - Adriano being inundated by bloggers wanting photos

Thanks again to both Adriano and Rachael at the café for all the hard work they put into making sure the food bloggers had a great range of cakes to try. They were both lovely, friendly and very helpful. Thanks again and I look forward to my next visit. Thanks also to all the food bloggers!! 😉

Adriano Zumbo
Café Chocolat
Shop 5, 308 Darling St Balmain
Ph 02 9555 1199
Open from 8 to 4 Monday to Friday, 8 to 5 on Saturdays and 9 to 5 Sundays

Pâtisserie
296 Darling St Balmain
Ph 02 9810 7318
Open 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and 8 to 4 on Sundays

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12 Comments

  1. Steph says:

    I’ve been craving the ”6/11/8” too! I must revisit soon to get more yummies 🙂 It was lovely hanging out with you there!

  2. You guys look like you had a great time! It all looks wonderful and I can’t wait to try the seaweed cake. It looks amazing 🙂

  3. The coconut and passionfruit sounds good, and so does the macadamia one. I love the pretty presentation too!

  4. Beta Gal says:

    Everything looks like exquisite art work. I don’t know how you could bring yourself to eat it, that is if it weren’t dessert!

  5. FFichiban says:

    Raarrr that’s iittt… I must go this weekend -___-

  6. Jeena says:

    So elegant and delicious, I would love to have brought these fabulous desserts home to eat.

  7. Barbara says:

    Wow! Those are some impressive dessserts!

  8. I’m so jealous of anyone that lives in sydney. Everything he makes looks so pretty and delicious! I wish I had one of his stores near me!

  9. Susan says:

    It was great to meet you on the day.
    I slowly made my way through all 3 that I took home and the chocolates.
    I have to go back to try the rest… once I get over the sugar rush 🙂
    Hope to see you soon

  10. I am so jealous. There are so many wonderful places to eat in Sydney. This looks like a great day. I’ve not managed to ‘connect’ with any other food bloggers in Brisbane yet. Hopefully one day! 🙂

  11. Anita says:

    Hi everyone
    Thanks for all your nice comments and it was great meeting all those who went to Zumbo’s on that day. Hope everyone gets a chance to go there at least once. I’m looking forward to going again 😛

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