Oh Zumbo, you are a funny one.
We stopped in at Adriano Zumbo the other day, an always smiling Charles waiting behind the counter like an old friend. As I'd snapped a few photos, the guy beside me looked at me sideways and said "are you one of those foodbloggers?". Oh, the word is spreading. I remember when I had to explain what a blog was, let alone the concept of a foodblog.
So if you weren't already laughing out loud at Adriano's message of interest rate optimism at the entrance to his store, you're sure to be beaming with happiness within a few paces inside. No matter how often I enter this little temple of heaven, my heart still skips a beat each time.
Craigie bam! $7.50
Chocolate dacquoise, chocolate sabayon with salted caramel debris,
chocolate caramel creameaux an caramel mousse (gluten-free)
I immediately notice the new adornment to the Craigie bam!, a extra nest of dark chocolate swirls now crowning the rich square of chocolate dacquoise.
Forest berry macarons $1.80 each
There are no blue cheese macarons available, alas, nor the wonderful pineapple and ginger, but the forest berry macarons are a brilliant purple hue and highly recommended by Charles. Divemummy has no choice but to take two of every macaron (forest berry, pink grapefruit, sticky date pudding, mango and jasmine, and the finger bun).
Rice pudding eclair $5.20
Pate a choux, rice pudding creme patisserie
with cinnamon dusted fondant
Sunny cloud $7.00
Pate sable, lime jelly, yoghurt creme fraiche,
lime curd and Italian meringue
Yuzu no a nothing! $8.95
Biscuit macaron, lime & pineapple compote
with mint and yuzu creme legere (gluten-free)
I choo-choo-choose the yuzu no a nothing! The macaron is almost glowing in a vivid neon green, stamped with the Japanese hiragana characters for "yu zu". The branded characters seem to taste of black sesame. The macaron is soft, chewy and yielding, a lime green sandwich with a lime and pineapple filling. The mint and yuzu creme legere languishes near the base, penned in by a thin wall of meringue, torched to a caramelised brown.
I know a nothing, but yuzu know you want to.
C arlotte Full $7.50
Olive oil mousse with rhubarb ripple, passionfruit creme,
biscuit macaron and fresh berries (gluten-free)
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Adriano Zumbo Patissier
296 Darling Street, Balmain, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9810 7318
This has been included as an Intrepid Eat on Grab Your Fork's Top 10 Sydney Eats for Tourists. Read the entire list here.
Monday to Saturday 8am-6pm
The summer collection, "Please sir can I have some more!",
is available until Friday 22 May 2009.
Related GrabYourFork posts:
Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day photos (Oct09)
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Adriano Zumbo Patissier, Balmain ( May09) , (Jan09) and (Nov08)
Adriano Zumbo Cafe Chocolat, Balmain (Nov08)
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