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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Go nuts for cronuts!

Dossants/Cronuts

Dossants from Movida Bakery, inspired by the ‘cronut’.

What is a cronut? A cronut is a combination of a croissant and a donut. The name sounds silly but seems appropriate. When I hear that two of my favourite pastries are making a super pastry baby, naturally I want to meet it. The original trademarked ‘cronut’ is made in New York at Dominique Ansel Bakery but it can be identified under the alias of dossant or zonut in Australia.

So I was told that the only place to get this alleged cronut in Melbourne is at Movida Bakery in South Yarra so off I went. We got to the bakery and there was a selection of sweet and savory pastries, fresh breads and some delicious deli sandwiches yumm! But then I remembered that we came here on a specific mission to get cronuts, and by cronuts I mean dossants (wink wink).

Movida Bakery

Movida Bakery

We walked into the cute little bakery and ordered two dossants. I literally got the last two dossants. For me the last two? I should be so lucky. I hold on to them with dear life and walk out of there with a great big smile from ear to ear. I could not contain my excitement. I had no doubt in my mind that these dossants were going to be the most scrumptious little pastries to date. Admittedly they didn’t look fabulous but that didn’t worry me, in my mind they would be deliciously ugly and that was fine.

I also bought a cocoa meringue that sort of resembled a meteor, which reminded me of that asteroid game where you shoot the asteroids and they break into particles and then you have to obliterate the particles into space dust in order to save the world (well maybe not the world but definitely to save you and your spaceship). I made my own re-make of the Atari game starring my Movida Meteoringue. Same game but yummier!

Meteoringue

Objective: Destroy the Meteoringue

People in NY are going nuts for cronuts and are waiting in line for over two hours to buy the new pastry. People are buying cronuts in NY for $5 dollars, which is a reasonable price, but people are then selling them for more than six times that amount on what everyone keeps referring to as the black market. (I’ll take one heart, two kidneys and ooooh is that a cronut?) Not the real black market but word on the street is that cronuts are being sold at an inflated price to the people who cbf’d waiting in line. Seems you CAN buy patience.

So back to the dossant, I held it in my hand, paused, then took the first well-anticipated bite. I couldn’t believe my tastebuds, I sat there in disbelief and had to do a retake. I took another regretful bite and put it down. My excitement had plummeted. My first thought was ‘meh nothing special’, my second thought was ‘how could a croissant and a donut make such an ugly baby?’ and my first words were ‘do you want the rest of mine?’. I was suffering from severe devastation.

Before and After

Before: Going nuts for cronuts                         After: Severely Devastated

Granted the ones I tried are not the original trademarked cronuts but they are the only ones in Melbourne at the moment. Adriano Zumbo makes the ‘Zonut’ which is similar but his store is in Sydney.

I would like to try the original ‘Cronut’ but the guy who invented them seems a little possessive. Ansel has trademarked the name ‘cronuts’ but also tweeted that other bakers are ‘copycats’ and questioned if they would be able to look at him in the eye. Why so serious? He didn’t invent the croissant or donut but was happy to copy those pastries to create his idea. Once I made a dessert bagel with a donut acting as the bagel, and fresh whipped cream replacing the creme cheese. Should I trademark the Dogel?

This whole cronut experience has taught me that sometimes you may wait in line for so long trying to get what everyone else wants but once you get there you realise that cronuts totally suck and the thing you wanted so badly wasn’t what you wanted at all. Find out what matters to you and follow that line instead.

Olives x