I love Desserts. And I do mean, I f**king love desserts. If you don’t love them, chances are we probably won’t be good friends. If you do, please proceed.
Before luncheon commences, my friend recommended that since we’re eating at Top Paddock, we might as well take a walking tour of the patisseries at South Yarra, which is the place to be if you fancy good patisseries. And very notable ones, mind you. May need an insulin shot after this is all over.
And we begin with:
Upon entering his shop, you can immediately see rows upon rows of chocolates and various sweet creations. You’re quite literally, a kid in a candy store, and unlikely to leave this place empty handed. I managed to bag myself some chocolate bars e.g. toasted macadamia with caramelized white chocolate, banana chocolate, popcorn, honey and chocolate clusters. Quite happily munching on my white chocolate bar whilst writing this article. Sweet sweet memories, indeed.
Below was the centerpiece created by the chef/owner, Darren Purchese, on Masterchef Australia.
Next, we’re off to the Adriano Zumbo’s patisserie. After making waves on Masterchef, his empire has expanded with 5 locations across Victoria and New South Wales. The style of the patisserie is much more flashy and colourful, and one can’t help but to be bedazzled by the display of desserts, from the now ubiquitous Macaroons, to his funky looking pastries and cakes.
Before we venture to our next location, I had to get at least one dessert, and eventually opted for his take on the classic Carrot Cake. It was quite a robust carrot cake, and definitely enjoyed the pie crust “soil” on top.
Our final stop on the South Yarra dessert train, was Luxbite.
Compared to Zumbo, this patisserie’s look was definitely more clean and elegant, with distinctive marble tiles as tables. The chef/owners are a Malaysian couple who trained in notable restaurants such as Quay, and decided to follow their passion by opening up this wonderful little patisserie. Although they’re my fellow countrymen, and I’ve gotta root for them. But also rather importantly, they make bloody good desserts.
One of which, which was also their claim to fame on Masterchef, is the Lolly Bag Cake. This wonderful cake consists of a Banana lolly Joconde, freckles crunch, mandarin Jaffa ganache, musk mallow, more banana lolly Joconde, spearmint leaf buttercream, and topped with a Redskin glaze. It is quite amazing, to be able to combine the flavours of all these lollies cohesively, and very deliciously, I might add!
So that was incredibly satisfying. The desserts definitely gave me the sugar high to power walk my way through South Yarra, and will be happily making my way back home with some delightful spoils of war.
If you ever find yourself in Melbourne, do take a tram down to South Yarra and sample the amazing creations from these three patisseries. Although they are located within the same vicinity of each other, their styles are rather distinct, and definitely each worthy of a gander.
Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio – 647 Chapel Street, South Yarra, VIC 3141. +61 3 9827 7060
Adriano Zumbo – 14 Claremont St., South Yarra, VIC 3141.
Luxbite – 88 Toorak Road, South Yarra, VIC 3141. +61 3 9867 5888