Continuing from Early birds @ Sydney, this blog post will bring you my food journey in searching for best dessert in the town. Ranging from gelato, drinks, cakes and sweets, macaron to pancakes, Sydney offers diverse choices when it comes to dessert. To me, it is the melting pot of various cultures, conserving the originality while injecting its own uniqueness into each food.
Chanoma means Japanese style living room (tea room). What will come to your mind when Japanese tea is mentioned? Bingo! Chanoma is all about matcha! As a matcha fan, I fell in love with this place instantly. The cafe adopts the order-at-counter concept whereby you will receive a buzzer after placing your order.
|Order at the counter|
|Matcha shiratama parfait|
Address: Regent Place, 501 George Street, Sydney
Trading hours: Lunch and Dinner time (Mon-Sun)
2. Gelato Messina
Gelato Messina is by far the best gelato that I have ever tasted! With its full-bodied flavour, it captures my heart and even intensifies my cravings even after I am back in Adelaide.
There are a few branches in Sydney, namely Surry Hills, The Star, Darlinghurst and Bondi. Recently, Messina has opened a new interstate branch at Fitzroy, Melbourne. Different branches might have different special flavour but one thing for sure is that they use authentic ingredients in churning the gelato.
|Gelato Messina, The Star|
|From left clockwise: Pistachio, Milk chocolate and chocolate peanut fudge, Italian nougat, Salted caramel and white chocolate chip, and Dulce de Leche|
Address: Cafe Court, Level G, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Trading hours: 11am-11pm (Sun-Thurs), 11am-11.30pm (Fri-Sat)
3. N2 Gelato
N2 gelato adopts the technology of using liquid nitrogen to create a large number of microscopic ice crystals in seconds, resulting in an exceptionally smooth texture. So, you might be asking, 'Is liquid nitrogen safe?'. Well, it is definitely safe (think about it, a single breath consists of 78% of nitrogen gas!) as it is non toxic and non flammable. As the boiling point of liquid nitrogen is extremely low (-196C), it would have evaporated from your cup of gelato when you are scooping a spoonful of the goodness.
I find this concept interesting, especially as the store members wear like lab assistants while preparing me the extreme gelato. The flavour combinations brianstormed by the gelato creationist in N2 gelato are truly special and worth trying. I ordered the 2013 creation, le Cloudy Bay Duck and Pinot!
|N2 'lab assistant'|
Interesting and wacky enough, N2 gelato has the concept written on the blackboard at the store. Cloudy Bay Duck and Pinot has frozen ducky custard as its base, topped with Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir brulee and finished with salted earl grey infused duck fat sand. As you can see, hear and feel, this gelato is extremely fattening. The gelato itself is thick and smooth, with every scoop full of light creamery taste, accompanied with crisp brulee and a tinge of earl grey scent. A perfect combination indeed!
|This is how Duck and Pinot comes about|
|N2 extreme gelato|
5. Adriano Zumbo
Zumbaron is the special name of macaron created by Adriano Zumbo, one of the guest judges who appeared in the first series of MasterChef Australia. He is a patissier who has great passion for dessert and started his apprenticeship at the age of 15. If you are observant enough, you would have noticed the various premix pack to make macarons and cakes on the shelf of local supermarkets (Coles, Woolworths).
At The Star outlet, there is a dessert train for the cake lovers whereby you get to choose the desserts off the moving belt. You can choose as many desserts as you like, but do mind that this is not a buffet and you have to pay for the individual dessert you have taken. Please note that the dessert train is only opened on Fridays and weekends.
|View from the exterior|
|Salted caramel zumbaron|
|A pack of 6 Zumbarons|
Address: Shop 1, Cafe Court, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW
- Patisserie: 11am-10pm (Mon), 11am-11pm (Tues-Thurs), 11am-Midnight (Fri-Sat), 11am-9pm (Sun)
- Dessert Train: 6pm-11.30pm (Fri), 2pm-11.30pm (Sat), 12pm-6.30pm (Sun)
5. Flour and Stone Patisserie
Situated in Woolloomooloo, this patisserie is popular for its panna cotta lamington. The lamington is huge but yet not overpoweringly sweet. It consists of 2 layers of sponge-like cake, layered and coated with chocolate, finished with shredded coconut. Definitely a good idea for an afternoon tea, especially if you are near Hyde Park.
Aside from lamington, they do provide cookies, savoury pies and tarts, cakes and scones.
|Panna cotta lamington|
Address:53 Riley St, Woolloomooloo
Trading hours: 7am-4pm (Mon-Fri), 8am-4pm (Sat)
6. La Renaissance
La Renaissance is a small patisserie at quaint The Rocks precinct. Even though the patisserie itself is small, but the outdoor seating area at the back has the old Victorian style. Do take note that customers who opt for a takeaway are not eligible to sit at the seating area.
The products of this patisserie include hand crafted cakes, macarons and flans. Its popular item is the mille feuille, also known as vanilla slice or the Napoleon. It consists of layers of delicate puff pastry and vanilla creme patisserie dusted with icing sugar. La Renaissance's specialty is French based desserts and hence its mille feuille will fare better than other bakeries.
The mille feuille is crunchy and the light cream fits the pastry nicely, creating a good soft and hard combination. It is light, fresh and not too sweet.
Address: 47 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Trading hours: 8am-6pm (Mon-Sun)
7. Pancake on the Rocks
Do you know where is the best place to go for supper late at night or dinner when almost all restaurants are closed at wee hour of the day? In Australia, pancake houses are always good choices because they open 24 hours per day and 7 days per week. Pancake houses in Australia are brainchildren of Mr Meadmore. The idea was triggered during his driving trip in America whereby he noticed the pancake-eating obsession of local Americans.
Pancake on the Rocks has 2 choices of pancakes to choose from, buttermilk pancakes and the famous chocolate pancakes. Besides pancakes, they do serve crepes, pizzas, salads and ribs.
We ordered the Blueberry Heaven. There were 2 buttermilk pancakes with blueberries in sauce, served with cream and vanilla ice cream. The buttermilk pancakes were fluffy and light. Even though the blueberry sauce was slightly sweet, it fitted well with the unsweetened pancakes.
|Chicken and bacon pizza|
Address: 227 & 229-230 Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Harbour
Trading hours: Open 24 hours (Sun-Mon)
8. Black Star Pastry
Nestled in Newtown, the food heaven of USyd students, Black Star Pastry offers its customers with varieties of pastries and cakes. Among all its creations, the strawberry watermelon cake is the famous one. Due to its popularity, I made a trip there just for the cake.
The strawberry watermelon cake has tiramisu-like moist cake layered with rose-scented vanilla cream and watermelon. On its top is strawberry slices on bed of strawberry jelly, finished with rose petals. This is such a wonderful creation! With every bite, the scent of rose, sweetness of strawberry and watermelon, soft texture of cake just exude the uniqueness of the cake. It is definitely a must-try if you drop by Newtown!
|Strawberry watermelon cake with rose scented cream|
Address: 277 Australia Street, Newtown
Trading hours: 7am-5pm (Sun-Mon)
9. Guylian Chocolate Cafe
Guylian is a renowned chocolate brand which uses the finest Belgian chocolate. Guylian seashell is undoubtedly its signature chocolate, which also coincides with its support for seahorses conservation work in the world.
Aside from Guylian chocolate cafe, Lindt does open its chocolate cafe in Sydney. These 2 brands produce premium quality of chocolate and it is worth visiting either one of both stores.
At Guylian cafe, we ordered the Belgian waffle. It came with praline ice cream, chocolate dip and whipped cream. Different from the traditional Belgian waffle that I have eaten before, this waffle did not have pearl sugar within. It was sprinkled with icing sugar instead.
|Unique Belgian Waffle|
|Guylian Chocolate Special|
Address: 1-25, Harbour Street, Sydney
Trading hours: 8am-late (Sun-Sat)
10. Bondi Surf Seafoods
What to do when you are strolling along Bondi beach and your dessert craving strikes? No problem, have a fried Mars bar at Bondi Surf Seafoods! Check out here for my experience.
|Fried Mars Bar|
If you are wondering what dessert to eat for supper, Chat Thai might be a good idea as it offers Thai desserts after 10pm. Mhmmmm, needless to say, Thai dessert will surely salivate you and satisfy your cravings!
May this blog post be a saviour to you who have a sweet tooth at any time of the day. Enjoy!