Burch and Purchese is just around the corner from Adriano Zumbo’s Patisserie so we just had to go there. The staff at B & P are so friendly which is something that was missing at Zumbo’s. They will chat to you about the what they are currently selling, the ingredients and what is coming out soon.
In the photo above we have:
top left: Pineapple, Mango and Chocolate – the pineapple and mango seem like an odd combination but they really work well together in this dessert.
top right: Explosive Raspberry Milk Chocolate – this is a bit bitter but sooo tasty. If you don’t mind a little bitterness but love the taste of raspberry you will love this one.
bottom: Lime Tartlet – sweet little tartlet with a burst of lime.
It’s hard to believe these chocolate baubles are really a dessert. If you gave them to someone they would think they need to be hung on a Christmas tree. They are gorgeous.
Adriano Zumbo opened his first store outside Sydney on October 9 in South Yarra. I, along with many others, have been eagerly awaiting the opening since I heard about it. Last weekend was the first chance I’ve had to go so went with a friend. Another friend recommended we go early in the day in case they sold out and closed the store, which they have had to do a few times. I’d also been warned that the queues might be long. We were pleasantly surprised to be able to walk straight in and not find a queue. Although one did form a few minutes later.
The interior is retro and trendy. The seats and benches are made to look like ‘a candy floss machine gone mad’ according to another friend of mine. The glass cabinets are filled with cakes, pastries and his famous Zumbarons. We had to do two loops to work out what we wanted to buy. Everything looks so nice. We bought a variety of cakes and Zumbarons (Adriano’s version of macarons) and I bought a Caramelised Leek and Goat’s Cheese Quiche for lunch.
Just around the corner from Mama Baba is my absolute favourite dessert shop, Burch & Purchese Sweet Shop in South Yarra. Darren Purchese is one of Australia’s best sweet chefs and like Heston Blumenthal blends food with science to produce the most delectable desserts. Not only do they taste beautiful, they look so good. Their website is www.burchandpurchese.com.au but they are building a new website.
Mama Baba is George Calombaris’ newest restaurant and is tucked away in a small side street in South Yarra. I heard about the restaurant at the beginning of the year and planned with Mel for us to go there when it opened. The name comes from George’s parents. One is Greek and the other Italian hence the name Mama Baba and the food celebrates their heritage.
It’s my first visit to one of George’s restaurants. The menu contains a mix of Greek and Italian pastas as well as other influences. The decor is really trendy and one wall is used to store old albums.