Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio

Burch and Purchese - Lamington eclair

Burch and Purchese – Lamington eclair

Burch and Purchase Sweet Studio make incredible sweets. There are big cakes, little cakes, chocolate lollipops, ice-creams, nougat, explosive raspberry wheels, popcorn honeycomb rubble, and the list goes on and on. It was evident that the creation of these little wonders involved a high level of technique. Probably not the kind of sweets you can whip up in your own home. Each sweet takes you on a different adventure.

Burch and Purchese - Venue

Burch and Purchese – Venue

As you walk into the narrow store you are surrounded by an abundance of sweets. I was fascinated by all of the elements that created the cakes, the jellies, the sponges, the mousses, the creams and the crumbles. A kid in a candy store sums it up well.

Burch and Purchese - Caramel, chocolate & hazelnut choux

Burch and Purchese – Caramel, chocolate & hazelnut choux

We ordered this giant profiterole, caramel, chocolate, hazelnut choux pastry thing. It was amazing. If a profiterole was a pokemon it would evolve into this encrusted choux bun, a big ball of choux pastry filled with hazelnut salted caramel cream. Delicious! It had a crunchy hazelnut base topped with a dark chocolate disk (looked like a little hat aww). The cream was smooth and had a good amount of salt to balance the sweetness.

Burch and Purchese - Chocolate and pear cake

Burch and Purchese – Chocolate and pear cake w dark chocolate velvet spray

The chocolate pear, hazelnut, caramel cake was sprayed with dark chocolate, it looked amazing, it looked like it was covered in velvet. It had layers of poached pear, choc hazelnut biscuit, chocolate hazelnut spread, roast pear cream, butter caramel, vanilla cream and dark chocolate mousse with a chocolate twig and a ball of pear jelly on top. The pear flavour was awesome.

Burch and Purchese - Salted caramel chocolate tart

Burch and Purchese – Bright-eyed Max and the salted caramel chocolate tart

The chocolate, hazelnut & salted caramel tart was very rich. Don’t be fooled by it’s appearance, it looked little but I couldn’t finish it all. It was yum but not for the faint hearted. It was a chocolate brushed tart shell filled with salted caramel, chocolate & hazelnut cream with a dark chocolate glaze. Bright-eyed Max liked the look of it.

Burch and Purchese - Explosive raspberry milk chocolate

Burch and Purchese – Explosive raspberry milk chocolate

Explosive raspberry milk chocolate was a fun adventure there was so many raspberry elements but it worked well because there were lots of different textures. It had raspberry cream, fresh raspberry compote with chocolate chip cookie (crumbled). It also had raspberry marshmallow and a milk chocolate mousse dome sprayed w red chocolate velvet spray. It also had chocolate popping candy rocks scattered on top. It was exciting. It was sweet, tart, crackly and crumbly. It was really fun to eat.

Burch and Purchese - Max and the lamington eclair

Burch and Purchese – Max and the lamington eclair

Again. This pup can really turn it on when there are sweets in sight. The lamington éclair was an interesting twist on a lamington. The éclair was made up of chocolate choux pastry. In the middle there was soaked sponge finger w raspberry jam and milk chocolate cream. On top there was spots of raspberry jelly, coconut raspberry marshmallow and chocolate sprayed crunchy coconut cream (which tasted like a soft bounty chocolate bar). It was really amazing. Each element reminded me of a lamington but in an unconventional way. The whole dessert was very much a rendition of the traditional lamington recreated as an éclair. It looked spectacular and was a real adventure to eat.

Burch and Purchese - Masterchef display

Burch and Purchese – Masterchef dessert degustation

This was the dessert degustation, which was featured on Masterchef. Everything is edible including the golden cloche. They have an army of chocolate animals stacked on the shelves (bears, rabbits, penguins) which sort of remind me of toys in a toy store that come alive at night. Little bit creepy but still kinda cute.

Burch and Purchese have a wonderful range of desserts that are sure to amaze. They each have surprises to explore. The cakes have many elements that make them more than just a cake. And for a few more days Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio have a pop-up dessert bar at the Royal Melbourne Show, which is sure to take your tastebuds on a ride. Either that or you can just visit the store in South Yarra.

I heart Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio!

Olives x

Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio
Address: 647 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141 (next to the Olsen hotel)
Website: http://www.burchandpurchese.com
Phone: 03 9827 7060
Trading Hours: Mon–Sun (7 days): 10am – 6.30pm

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Luxbite

Luxbite - Street view

Luxbite – Street view

Luxbite is a pastisserie/café on Toorak road in South Yarra. Attention: Yum! Drool ensues. The cakes are inventive, the macarons are scrumptious and they also have tasty savoury dishes. The cakes look stunning and in the taste department they exceed expectations. They had a quote on the window that said “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.” I really liked that, Ernestine Ulmer was one clever lady.

Luxbite - Venue

Luxbite – Venue

The venue was contemporary and colourful, with lots of light and super high ceilings. There was a grass bunny and some fresh flowers. Really cute. The cake display was impressive. They had a range of full size cakes and minature versions of them too.

Luxbite - Ribena lemonade macaron

Luxbite – Ribena lemonade macaron

So first things first, I ordered a Ribena lemonade macaron. Eat dessert first? Don’t mind if I do. It was delicious. For me Ribena brings back childhood memories and they nailed the flavour. The vanilla crème brulee macaron is really good too. They have some cool macaron flavour combos like lemon, ginger & pineapple, passionfruit & kaffir lime leaf, green tea pistachio and bamboo oolong tea.

Luxbite - Salted caramel hot choc

Luxbite – Salted caramel hot choc

I ordered the salted caramel hot chocolate. The hot chocolate came with the salted caramel in a little pot so you could add a lot or as little as you like. I made the mistake of tasting the salted caramel on it’s own. It was delicious. I ended up eating most of the caramel and drinking the hot choc without the caramel. Both were good individually so I’m sure they would be good together. Turns out you can buy jars of the salted caramel to take home. Excellent!

Luxbite - Lamb, mint & rosemary sausage

Luxbite – Lamb, mint & rosemary sausage

For lunch we ordered the lamb mint and rosemary sausage, which were juicy and went well with the tomato relish, avocado and feta. The 60/60 eggs were perfect and the toast was really thin which was good because I didn’t want to fill up on bread when I had forecasted lots of cake eating in the near future.

Luxbite - Sticky rice w ginger chicken and shitake mushroom

Luxbite – Sticky rice w ginger chicken and shitake mushroom

We also got the steamed sticky rice w ginger marinated chicken and shitake mushroom on flaky pastry. This was yum and flavoursome and the fresh lettuce and cucumber lightened the dish. It came with Malaysian chilli sauce, which had quite a bite.

Luxbite - Lolly bag cake

Luxbite – Lolly bag cake

We tried the famous lolly bag cake that featured as one of the challenges on Masterchef. It tasted just like a lolly bag. For realsies! It had banana lolly Joconde (almond sponge cake), freckles crunch, mandarin jaffa ganache, musk mallow, spearmint leaf buttercream, topped with a Redskins glaze. This cake is extraordinary! It’s creative, inspiring and imaginative. A single mouthful takes you back to when you were a kid. The ever so familiar flavours are faultless. The combination has a perfect balance and it’s not too sweet. It takes you to a happy place. What a wonderful cake. Now I’m curious to eat a redskin, spearmint leaf lolly, banana lolly, jaffa and a chocolate freckle at the same time to see if it tastes nice. I’ll report back later with my findings.

Luxbite - Endless love (lychee, rose & raspberry macaron)

Luxbite – Endless love (lychee, rose & raspberry macaron)

The endless love was a big macaron w lychee ganache, rose cream, lychee and fresh raspberry. It was spectacular! It looked so pretty I didn’t want to eat it. This dessert took macarons to another level. It was delicate and delcious.

Luxbite - Maxaron

Luxbite – Maxaron

Max was mesmerised by it’s beauty. He had never seen such a macaron.

Luxbite - Banoffee

Luxbite – Banoffee

The banoffee was a fine slither of deliciousness. This sweet, salty, creamy crunch sponge was delicious. It had a hazelnut sponge, banana ganache (fresh banana flavour yum!), Sichuan pepper chocolate crunch and salted toffee buttercream.

Luxbite - Meringue monster (green tea sponge, watermelon yoghurt, strawberry mousse)

Luxbite – Meringue monster (green tea sponge, watermelon yoghurt, strawberry mousse)

We ordered the meringue monster, which is Luxbite’s signature cake. You can get the full size cake but the mini ones are just adorable. This gorgeous little cake really looked amazing. The meringue looks like it has a striped pattern with little peaks at the top. It’s incredible and truly a little masterpiece.

Luxbite - Meringue monster exposed

Luxbite – Meringue monster exposed

And oh my it was delicious. It had green tea sponge, pistachio, watermelon yoghurt, sour strawberry mousse covered in meringue. The combo of flavours was outstanding. Yum! Yum! Yum!

Luxbite - Bread and butter pudding w pandan anglaise

Luxbite – Bread and butter pudding w pandan anglaise

The bread and butter pudding was not your everyday b n b pud. It tasted like the classic home favourite with a twist. The little glazed square of bread and butter pudding was eaten warm with a generous amount of pandan anglaise which was absolutely delicious. The pudding was soft and had a nice cinnamon flavour, which went perfectly with the pandan englise. The pandan englaise had the perfect amount of pandan, it was superb. The green coloured custard was heavenly. I could have seriously eaten a whole river of the pandan englaise. Augustus save some for later.

Luxbite - Caramel cravings

Luxbite – Caramel cravings

The caramel cravings cake is for the caramel lovers out there. It was a slab of delicious caramel between a layer of chocolate and a coconut base with two teeny-weeny salted caramel macarons on top (so cute). This looked incredibly decadent at first sight but you can actually get through the whole mini cake without it being way too sweet. It was basically a caramel slice, but a really delicious one at that.

The staff are friendly, kind and just really lovely. It’s definitely a place that you will visit time and time again. In fact we got some takeaway cakes last night. I left my bread and butter pudding on the table (my mistake) and when I wasn’t looking that little sneak Max jumped up on the coffee table and got his mitts on it. I was completely devastated and was left to drown my sorrow in the pandan englaise that remained. Drinking the pandan on its own spawned a brilliant idea. What about a pandan milkshake? I would love it if Luxbite made a panda milkshake! Now that would be pretty awesome. The desserts at Luxbite are inventive and are a beautiful expression of their love for food. Any sweet tooths dream come true.

I heart Luxbite!

Olives x

Luxbite
Address: 38 Toorak Road, South Yarra VIC 3141
Website: http://luxbite.com.au
Phone: 03 9867 5888
Trading Hours: Mon–Sun (7 days): 10.30am – 7pm

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Chez Dre

Chez Dre - street view

Chez Dre – street view

This hidden gem is discretely positioned down a narrow street in South Melbourne. There is an amazing display of cakes, macarons, pastries and baguettes, a patisserie-boulangerie. The décor is chic and takes you into another world. There are big wooden share tables, cute little jars with fresh flowers in them and bright red watering cans against the brick wall. It is a lovely setting to have brunch or to just stop by for a cake or two or three.

Chez Dre - venue

Chez Dre – venue

As you walk in, there is an open kitchen on the left and seating on the right, which then opens into a big seated area with a nice courtyard out the back.

The cake display was impressive. I think they were sparkling in the light. They were so super shiny and glossy they looked fantastic.

Chez Dre - cake display

Chez Dre – cake display

They had some interesting macaron flavours like orange tonka bean, lime-basil, rose-raspberry, apple cinnamon and green tea-kalamanzi. Along with the common faves like vanilla, chocolate, salted caramel etc.

Chez Dre - macarons

Chez Dre – macarons

Their assorted baguettes looked really good. They were thin and crunchy and had a good range of flavours. I liked the sound of the poached chicken w apple, capers, cornichons, mayonnaise, witlof & celery mmm.

Chez Dre - baguettes

Chez Dre – baguettes

The croque madame was a smoked ham & emmental (swiss) cheese sandwich grilled with béchamel (basically a fancy ham and cheese toasty) with a fried egg on top. It was nice and had a kick of mustard, which went well with the pickles in the side salad.

Chez Dre - croque madame

Chez Dre – croque madame

The slow roasted lamb salad was good it had freekah, barley, goats fetta, heirloom beetroots,
baby kale, green harissa & sherry vinaigrette. The lamb melted in your mouth. It was fresh and tasty.

Chez Dre - slow roasted lamb salad

Chez Dre – slow roasted lamb salad

The braised mushroom ragu was a combination of swisse, field & button mushrooms on a bed of
 soft parmesan polenta with a poached egg
 and truffle oil. This was nice, the flavours were good but it was screaming out for some texture like a piece of crusty bread or something. Well actually truth be told, I did have all of my wisdom teeth extracted this week (ouch ouch) and probably couldn’t eat a piece of crusty bread. But unless they had extrasensory perception and knew that my wisdom teeth had recently been extracted (and so omitted the element of texture) then this dish was way too mushy.

Chez Dre - braised mushroom ragu

Chez Dre – braised mushroom ragu

The chorizo and smashed peas with mint, lemon & parsley,
goats chèvre & poached eggs
on sourdough was simple and fresh.

Chez Dre - chorizo & smashed peas

Chez Dre – chorizo & smashed peas

Now for my favourite part of Chez Dre… the cakes!

The fruits of the forest st. honoré is delish. It is like three raspberry petits chou (mini profeteroles) with a red fruit chantilly (berry cream) sitting on a lime-vanilla sable (like a round shortbread biscuit). It looked really cute and was yum.

The lemon-hazelnut tart had lemon mousse, praline, lemon crème and a hazelnut dacquoise. It was like a complex lemon tart, it had the familiar elements (lemony and biscuit base) but had extra layers of technique, which made this extra special. Lemon and hazelnut are a perfect pair, who knew.

The lychee, raspberry & coconut looked amazing. When you cut into it, there are lots of layers. It had a coconut dacquoise, lime curd, raspberry jelly and lychee mousse. It was feminine and had a beautiful delicate flavour.

Chez Dre - cakes ready to be eaten yum!

Chez Dre – cakes ready to be eaten yum!

We chose the passionfruit-chocolate mousse because it was the shiniest of all the shiny cakes. There was a passionfruit macaron shell on the bottom with the chocolate mousse and passionfruit crème. The chocolate mousse was quite dark and had a yummy tropical truffle sitting on top. There was a little sesame seed tuile but I wished it was bigger or there was more because it was paper thin and utterly delicious.

The banana caramel slice is absolutely delicious! It has many layers: banana, caramel & ghana milk chocolate caramel bavarois, banana créme, passionfruit ganache, hazelnut-crunch. The banana layer has a marvelous fresh banana taste, which is dominant enough to stand its ground against all the other caramel and chocolate layers. It’s flawlessly smooth but there are also elements with crunch. It was outstanding and definitely my favourite cake. Yum!

Chez Dre - dark choc passionfruit & banana caramel

Chez Dre – dark choc passionfruit & banana caramel

We took some cakes home for later. They were oh so shiny, the compelling gloss of the cakes turned my hand and forced me to buy more cakes. Well it was either that or that I was lacking restraint. Probably the latter.

Chez Dre - takeaway cakes.. so shiny

Chez Dre – takeaway cakes.. so shiny

As usual Max thought the cakes were for him, it was hard to break the bad news.

Chez Dre - chez max

Chez Dre – chez max

Chez Dre has a great atmosphere, the staff were nice and the cakes were amazing. It’s a good idea to proceed with caution when approaching the cake display because the remarkably shiny cakes may hypnotise you into eating more than you probably should.

I heart Chez Dre!

Olives x

Chez Dre
Address: 285-287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne 3205
Website: http://www.chezdre.com.au
Phone: 03 9690 2688
Trading Hours: Mon–Sun (7 days): 7.30am – 4.30pm

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Adriano Zumbo Patisserie

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie - Melbourne.

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie – Melbourne.

Adriano Zumbo is a well-known Australian patissier who creates unique desserts that are playful and executed with perfection. He was deemed ‘ the dark lord of pastry’ and the ‘sweet assassin’ on MasterChef for his inventive and complex desserts. So when he opened his first store in Melbourne, tucked away in a narrow street in South Yarra, there was no surprise that there would be people queuing up everyday to purchase his extraordinary desserts.

Zumbo Patisserie - Worth the wait.

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie – People in queue – Worth the wait.

As expected there was a line out the front but it only took about 20 minutes for us to move to the front of the line. It takes about that long for you to decide what you want to order anyhow, so it works well. They have full sized cakes, mini cakes, macarons, chocolates and pastries. The flavours sound interesting and spark your curiosity. Sweet tooth’s beware, you may want to order everything.

Zumbo Patisserie - Shop Front.

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie – Shop Front.

I was excited to try the ‘Zonut,’ and as expected, it was absolutely delicious! Finally we have a ‘cronut’ in Melbourne that is worthy of the craze. The layers of pastry pulled apart delicately like a croissant and the golden deep fried goodness and round holed shape like a doughnut make the Zonut a winner. It was light and fluffy, really delicious! There is jam and cream between the layers of pastry, jam on one side and cream on the other. Oh my! And if that wasn’t enough, it is then topped with pink icing. Zumbolicious!

Zumbo Patisserie - The Zonut.

Adrian Zumbo Patissier – The Zonut

Max had his hungry little eyes on the Zonut too. Sorry Max, it’s not for dogs. And plus Zonuts are not for sharing either they are too yummy.

Max and the Zonut.

Max and the Zonut.

We also tried a range of Zumbarons. Zumbarons are macarons, Zumbo style. There were mountains and mountains of zumbarons to choose from. Some of the unusual flavours that we tried were coconut and lychee (surprise lychee gel in the centre), salted butter popcorn (deliciously buttery), strawberry, wasabi & green tea (didn’t like it), bread and butter pudding (tastes just like it) and finger bun (my fave!) The flavours taste exactly as their description. Zumbo’s detail to flavour is impeccable.

Zumbo Patisserie - Cherry Coconut Zumbaron.

Zumbo Patisserie – Cherry Coconut Zumbaron.

It’s more of a take away patisserie, the store is quite small and there are not many seats around. The seats kind of deter you from sitting down anyway because they are funny looking. I can see the potential in the concept of white and pink vintage chairs covered with melting scoops of ice cream, the idea is fun but they are absolutely hideous. Just saying. No matter, it’s not about the chairs, it’s about the sweets, and the sweets are amazing!

Zumbo Patisserie - Melting Ice-cream Chairs.

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie – Melting Ice-cream Chairs.

We also tried the lemon meringue tart, which is a tart with a mound of lemon gel and lemon curd crowned with a piped rose of Italian meringue. It was yummy however each bite I took made my jaw zing with the strong tang of lemon. Good though. We also tried the BBB, which was Blackberry jelly, Blackberry caramel with Buttermilk ganache contained in a rectangular box of malt crumble. Blackberry Bonanza!

Zumbo Patisserie - Cakes.

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie – Cakes.

They had a range of cakes on display, which looked deceivingly simple from the outside but had layers upon layers of different flavours and technique. For example there was the annoying orange cake, which is a flourless chocolate cake with orange caramel, olive sable, chocolate & clove mousse and orange & white chocolate jam. Another one available was the famous V8 vanilla cake, which was featured on MasterChef with eight intricate layers of deliciousness.

Just a side note, they also have sausage rolls, pies and quiches in case you want something savoury to eat aside your box of sweets. It’s great to have an Adriano Zumbo Patisserie in Melbourne. Creative and quirky desserts made with precision.

Olives x

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie
Address: 12 Claremont St, South Yarra, VIC 3141
Website: http://adrianozumbo.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ilovezumbo
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun 7am – 7pm (everyday)

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