I must admit I don’t always have time to watch Masterchef and having seen Adriano Zumbo in the most boring cooking demonstration at the Good Food and Wine Show in Perth, I really couldn’t understand what all the hype was about him and his cooking. However I thought I’d try some of his cakes when in Sydney and see if that would help me understand all the fuss. Located at The Star you are first attracted to the very clever, unique and colourful display of cakes and macarons. Many people come in, wander around taking photos and then leave.
At the opposite end to the shop is his dessert train. People sitting on stools whilst desserts move past you on mini conveyor belt (just like at some sushi cafes.) Pricing is determined by the colour of the plates ranging from $8.50 to $10.50. Quite a novel idea really and something we thought we might do until we noticed that there were not many cakes or choices on the train that appealed to us making us wonder how long they’d been riding the ‘train’ for. So back to the shop we go. We choose 4 desserts all slightly different. A Lemon Meringue Tart $9, a Croquembouche $15 , Tarte Tatin and a Chocolate and Raspberry Concoction (which I unfortunately can’t recall its name).
We tried each of the cakes over a few evenings back at our hotel and found them all to be very rich. I can’t say I was truly blown away with any of them and was rather disappointed that 3 of them all had the same biscuit base! My favourite would have been a tie between the Lemon Meringue Tart and the Tarte Tatin.
So I’m still not wholly convinced – yes there are some unique creations by Zumbo but are they taste worthy of all the current hype? What do you think?
Adriano Zumbo Patissier
80 Pyrmont St