Following our meal at Fat Noodle, we had to stop by at Adriano Zumbo Pâtissier to try out his cakes.
Located in a slightly out-of-the-way part of Star City, AZP is this bright, pink shop of a wierd layout.
It's a narrow space, and the main area has a bath tub that's decorated with cakes and other goodies. The cakes are displayed in these brightly coloured stands... kinda like a very watered down version of what Willy Wonka's factory might look like.
Arriving close to closing time, we didn't have that many choices. So without ado, we ordered three cakes to take back to our hotel.
Because I'm a sucker for berries in a cake form, I got the Wunderbar. A sable biscuit, raspberry compote, pineapple cremeaux, vanilla creme fraiche mousse, fresh raspberry slices and red chocolate. While it was pretty to look at, the taste was rather unmemorable. I couldn't really taste the pineapple cream and the vanilla creme fraiche and the raspberry compote was faint in flavour. I was disappointed with my choice and wished I had chosen another cake (there was one with salted caramel that looked real good).
Much better were our other two choices. The Jun & Jill was definitely both our favourite cake for the night. This impressive, shiny dome with pistachio crunchy bits on top. Inside, there was pistachio and mint creme chantilly, apricot compote, apricot and saffron creme and pistachio dacquoise. I loved the layers within it and all the contrasting flavours and textures. You can definitely taste the toasted pistachio flavour. Definitely would get this again.
Last but not least was the passionfruit tart. I loved the brilliant orange colour of the cake. Inside, it was gooey, smooth and creamy and you can taste the genuine passionfruit flavour.
Eating-in-progress. From left to right: yum, double yum, meh.
Food - 7.5
Ambience - 7
Service - 7
Price - 8
I don't know much about Adriano Zumbo except that he's famous for his cakes, appears in MasterChef and has a bake-your-own range in the shops.
I'd go back to try some more cakes. The cakes are above average - kind of like the cake selection you'd find at a high-end buffet in a hotel restaurant. However, there's nothing there that I thought was exceptional.
Adriano Zumbo Pâtissier
80 Pyrmont Street
Pyrmont NSW 2009
Telephone: 02 9810 7318