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Restaurant Review: Adriano Zumbo, Balmain

16 Jan

Oh yes, it’s Adriano Zumbo again! I’m leaving Sydney soon, so I decided to explore more before I leave, so here I am at Adriano Zumbo’s Balmain store. I went there pretty late, 30 minutes before it closed, so there weren’t a lot of choices left. I was going to try the Grandma’s Soap, but they didn’t have it, so I ended up choosing Snnowmanoor and Man Goes Peanuts. I had a pretty bumpy bus ride back home and the weather wasn’t really good; but luckily the staff put some tape to secure them, and they still look very nice when I got home.

Adriano Zumbo's Snnowmanoor

Snnowmanoor (AUD$9) 

Official description: Pâté a choux, bubble tea custard, lychee coconut crème légère, lychee gel, coconut crunch  

This cake is delicious, a combination of different texture! In the middle, there is lychee gel and a sweet paste inside, which I’m not too sure what it is, it looked like red bean paste, which I’m sure I’m wrong. Or maybe it’s the bubble tea custard, but I don’t know why it is named so, because nothing tasted like bubble tea. I also like the bottom layer, the coconut crunch, which gives a different texture from the crème légère and cream puff. This is probably one of my favourite cakes from Adriano Zumbo!

Adriano Zumbo's Man Goes Peanuts

Man Goes Peanuts (AUD$9)

Official description: Peanut butter crunch, mango compote, mango burnt honey mousse, pain 

I love this one even more! This cake is also a combination of different texture, the crunchiness of the peanut butter crunch, the creamy mango mousse, the bread with peanuts and the jelly mango compote. After eating the cake, your mouth will be filled with the taste of mango and peanut!

Environment: N/A

Service: 7.5/10 (Better than the staff at Manly)

Food: 8.5 /10 (These two cakes fit my taste more than the previous one! Delicious!)

Overall: Not sure if I would have a chance to try more cakes before I leave, but the cakes at Adriano Zumbo definitely have the best presentation! Will try to come back again some day!

Address: 296 Darling St, Balmain, NSW 2040

Official website: http://adrianozumbo.com/

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Restaurant Review:, Adriano Zumbo, Manly

11 Jan

I saw their new menu a couple of weeks ago, and was so excited to try out their new cakes, particularly the Grandma’s Soap and V8 Christmas. Although I was very full after having BenBry burger, I still insisted going to Adriano Zumbo to try out their new products. This is actually my second time at Adriano Zumbo, but I was at their Balmain store last time. This store is located at a quiet area, a street away from The Corso, where most tourists walk by. Luckily I checked out their address before going there, because the sign is so tiny and I think people would not notice its existence at all.

Adriano Zumbo Manly

The tiny sign outside the Manly store

Adriano Zumbo

Shaded area around Adriano Zumbo

According to my previous experience, the cake might melt or fall apart on my way home, so I decided to eat it right away. There are some chairs and tables at the nearby area, and has a beautiful view of the harbour too!

V8 Christmas

Christmas v8 (AUD$10)

  • Cinnamon Creme Chantilly
  • Morello Cherry Jelly
  • Pain D’épices
  • Toasted Nougat Brulee
  • Vanilla Chiffon Cake
  • Vanilla Ganache
  • Pistachio Crunch
  • Pistachio Dacquoise

The cake was nicely presented, you can see each layer clearly, but I’m sorry to say that I was a bit disappointed. Even though I have a sweet tooth, this cake was way too sweet that I didn’t want to finish the last bite. The cherry jelly was very obvious; I’m not a fan of cherry, but luckily they had that layer there, because the fruity and slightly sour taste helped to lower the sweetness of the cake. Although I didn’t like this cake, I love the truffle on the top of the cake.

I still want to try other cakes, but maybe I should go back to the Balmain store. The staff at the Manly store wasn’t too enthusiastic; and when she put the box into the plastic bag, the box fell on the side, and the cake slide to the side of the box, luckily the cake wasn’t ruined. I also went back to ask her for a spoon, but she had no intention giving me a napkin, which was just next to the spoon.

Environment: N/A

Service: 7/10 (The staff wasn’t too enthusiastic, and she nearly ruined my cake)

Food: 7.5/10 (A bit disappointed)

Overall: Wasn’t too impressed this time, hopefully it would be better next time.

Address: Shop 1a/40 The East Esplanade, Manly, NSW 2095

Official website: http://adrianozumbo.com/