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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

French Riviera, Sydney



Okay, so let's pretend. Let's pretend that we haven't just eaten dinner, and we did in fact walk further than half-a-dozen steps to dessert. Let's pretend that there are more than five of us about to attack a sundae containing more than 24 scoops of ice cream. Let's pretend this concoction isn't covered in chocolate sauce, nuts and generous splodges of cream in a can. Let's... ok, ok, I give up. We ate this with big fat happy grins plastered all over our faces!


Super Gastronomic Surprise $35
(for 4-5 people)

I remember those days in high school when French Riviera used to be at Double Bay. It was the place to head to for dessert after a night at the movies. Their extensive sundae menu was legendary. Maybe it was just the way you could casually say "We dropped by the French Riviera on Saturday night".

These days it's tacked onto the City/Chinatown fringe, the fairly quiet western end of Liverpool Street, used mainly by tourists coming off the footbridge from Darling Harbour.

The eat-in menu is a huge A3 sheet, printed on blue and laminated, presumably for protection against sticky ice cream fingers. One scoop of ice cream costs $5, three scoops for $10, sundaes are $15, or $24 for two. The Gastronomic Surprise is the only one that catches our eye. We have no idea what we're in for, but the collective intake of breath at its arrival is followed only by delirious smiles and eager grabbing of spoons.



I wish I could say we finished it. Actually I wish I could say we were far from finishing it. As it turned out, we weren't too far off being total gluttons, particularly as I peruse their website and note that the Super Gastronomic Surprise was originally designed for 6-8 people, not the currently listed 4-5. Have ice cream appetites really expanded, or is this just a clever up-sizing portioning ploy?

No matter. We do well regardless. Half the fun is trying to guess each flavour. We find yoghurt, lemon, mango, strawberry, rum raisin, kiwi, pineapple, vanilla, hazelnut and coffee. Chocolate is the one that everyone's after, and there's plenty of finger pointing when a secret chocolate tunnel is discovered (guilty, your honour, albeit only briefly).

The ice cream itself is smooth, mild and creamy. There are some basic demolition laws that must be followed - eat your way down, and rotate the bowl every few minutes.

For the most part, it seems as though the couples stick to sundaes, the larger groups head straight for the tower challenge. I don't recall the French eating ice cream quite like this but then perhaps that's why French women don't get fat!






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French Riviera
68 Liverpool Street, Sydney
(near the top end of Dixon Street)
Tel: (02) 9264 2932

Open 7 days 10.00am - 2.00am

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 1/29/2008 10:50:00 pm


9 Comments:

  • At 1/30/2008 2:28 am, Blogger ilovepearly said…

    I don't know about sharing a ice cream with 3 other people, maybe just one being that he be my other half...lol

     
  • At 1/30/2008 4:11 pm, Anonymous jules said…

    wow. 4-5 people?! i think i could eat that thing on my own!..(i have a MAJOR sweet tooth!) i might be headed up to sydney later in the year so i'll definitely have to go try for myself. haha

     
  • At 1/31/2008 12:27 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi ilovepearly - There was actually five of us, and trust me, we were all groaning with pain by the end of it!

    Hi Jules - It's quite a mountain so good luck! Perhaps you could ask them if they would consider a hall of fame? :)

     
  • At 1/31/2008 3:05 am, Anonymous White On Rice Couple said…

    Wow! I'm surprised this thing didn't topple over! I can't get over to Sydney to try it. I'll gonna try that here and us my smaller ice cream scoop. Lets see how tall I can get this one! Thanks for sharing!

     
  • At 1/31/2008 8:29 pm, Blogger panda said…

    at work, we're planning to head there before my manager goes on maternity leave. there's about 8 of us on the team; sounds like we need to order at least 2 big sundaes :D

     
  • At 2/01/2008 5:06 pm, Anonymous Jax said…

    Wow Helen, looks like a sugar overload. (And by the way, there's an actual person in the background of that photo!! Anonymity slipping??)

     
  • At 2/02/2008 8:23 am, Blogger Y said…

    I like how it's called "super gastronomic surprise", although I'm sure it's no surprise when your gastronomic stomach starts to hurt a little by the end of it! :-D

     
  • At 2/02/2008 1:16 pm, Blogger hazchem said…

    hah! reminds me of a particular trip to Singapore, I think there was a baskin and robbins in the airport and they had something called an Earthquake sundae. Just this huge bowl of ice cream, must have been one scoop of every flavour.

    Never did get to finish it, they had to page us to come and board the aircarft to Sydney, and we were only half done!

     
  • At 2/03/2008 10:50 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi white on rice couple - lol. We did have to coordinate our eating efforts to make sure it didn't collapse on one side :) Have fun!

    Hi Panda - Well we had 5 people and we struggled. There's another size up recommended for 6-8ppl. Now that would make a great photo!

    Hi Jax - Ahh but I'm holding the camera remember! lol.

    Hi Y - The Gastronomic Surprise comes in Rainbow, Super and Maxi, and yes, it's no surprise to be clutching your stomach for hours afterwards!

    Hi Hazchem - lol. So there were 41 scoops? What a shame you didn't have more time! When's a plane delay when you need one!

     

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