Adriano Zumbo is a groundbreaking pastry chef and his patisserie is the ultimate indulgence. It opened in April 2007 in the heart of Balmain’s Darling Street. On a recent visit we decide to treat ourselves to the huge selection of cakes and pastries that fill the shop's window. I would love to have one of each, but we agree on two and some macaroons.
MACAROONS: pumpkin & orange risotto, custard crunch, blackened vanilla bean, kalamata olive & bergamot candy, pear pistachio & fennel, salted peanut caramel... more available!
4TIMES THE VITAMIN C: Blackcurrant jelly, blackcurrant marshmallow, vanilla violet mousse, pistachio feullitetine, pistachio dacquoise & blackcurrant glacage.
CHARLIE'S HOMEMADE GINGER FEAR: Ginger beer gel, ginger pudding soaked in coconut syrup, chocolate ginger foam eggs, ginger crunch, ginger chantilly & passionfruit bavarois.
We take our selection to the nearby cafe to enjoy with some coffee. It opened in late October 2008, Adriano Zumbo’s Café Chocolat is a haven for sweet tooths far and wide. Tucked away in a private arcade 6 doors up from the Patisserie.
We are blown away by everything, kalamata olive macaroon and chocolate ginger foam eggs especially. There are chocolates and other delights on show here, definitely too much sugar for one day, maybe next time.
Adriano plans to start teaching classes at the Rozelle kitchen. Applications can be made on their website. A few lessons on macaroons would be great!
296 Darling Street
Shop 5, 308 Darling Street
02 9555 1199