So this isn’t so much of a review or recipe as it is pure food pornography. I headed to Adriano Zumbo’s patisserie in Balmain, about 2 months ago, and i had a chance to pick up one of each of his macaron offerings. Looking back at the pictures, i can barely remember any of the flavours i had, but i know that mandarin, peach iced tea, malted milkshake, salted caramel and a chocaron were definitely on the cards.
To be honest, i think Zumbo’s macarons are a bit of a hit and miss. I’ve been to Zumbo’s Patisserie around 4 times in the past year, and the most memorable macaron for me was still the Chocolate Truffle one that we bought when everything else had sold out. It was definitely the best first Zumbo Macaron to try as it leaves me with such an excellent first impression.
The exterior of Zumbo’s Cafe
Macarons – $2.50 each
Macarons – $2.50, with a ‘Chocaron’ at the very bottom – $3.50
I thought that i would buy a “Chocaron” – a chocolate coated macaron for the heck of it, but that was an unwise decision. They tend to be a “surprise” flavour, and i was rather surprised at how bad mine tasted. I mean, anything coated in chocolate should be good right? But the exterior chocolate was supremely bitter, so much so that it left that nasty ash-y taste in my mouth that 80%+ cocoa solid dark chocolate leaves me with. The inside was red, white and blue from memory, with no distinctive taste but “sweet”. It wasn’t a fun experience, and i think i’d pass on them in future.
Left: Chocolate Mousse (Francesco chocolate mousse, flourless chocolate buscuit, creme brulee aux, berry fruit compote, berry meringue sticks) – $9
Right: Cannot remember for the life of me – $9
Patisserie – Balmain
Address: 296 Darling St, Balmain
Opening hours: Mon – Sat, 8am – 6pm, Sun 8am – 5pm
Cafe Gallery – Rozelle
Address: 114 Terry St, Rozelle