As I mentioned in a prior post, I was so excited at the thought of eating at Adriano Zumbo’s Dessert Train (but it was closed on my last attempt!). So after Aria, we trekked from Circular Quay to Pyrmont. I didn’t realise it was that far and we spent an hour walking (probably a good thing, I needed the exercise before eating all of those desserts).
On first impressions, The Star has vastly improved on Star City (which looked like an RSL in its low points). I was impressed at the retail and the new food outlets, which made it look more and more like the impressive Crown Casino.
Being a mega Adriano Zumbo fan for a while, Adriano Zumbo at the Star, on first appearances wowed too. Everything was bright and pink and looked like something out of his take of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. (And the man himself was there! - Commence fangirl screaming!)
The shop is divided into a retail shop (with the food stored in the above contraptions). The other part of the shop is the dessert train (pictured below), which is where we ate.
Although a dessert train sounds frigging great, in my opinion the idea needs to be tweaked. Things felt a bit flat as there weren’t enough dishes on the conveyor belt (like a sushi train) and everyone just sat there waiting for a dessert plate which was 5 minutes away. I’m not sure if smaller portions would help, so people are picking more things continuously rather than just choosing one plate each and then leaving. Consideration also has to be given to the fact that people aren’t going to eat 10 plates of dessert (compared to what they can do at a sushi train).
Peach Melba (10.50) - Fresh raspberries, blood peach compote, vanilla creme Chantilly, vanilla emulsion, raspberry pistachio cake.
The peach melba was the perfect combination of creme, cake and raspberries - YUM! I was actually curious of how the foam would taste - but it just popped and disappeared as soon as my spoon touched it.
Hazelnut dacquiose - hazelnut dacquiose, hazelnut praline crunch, milk chocolate Chantilly, caramelised hazelnuts.
The hazelnut dacquiose tasted like a better version of ferrero rocher! God damn, the hazelnut praline was like crack! I couldn’t get enough.
In summary, the dessert train is such a creative concept and it has so much potential to be great! I’m still a Zumbo fangirl and can’t wait to see what happens with the Dessert Train.
Adriano Zumbo (Concept Store & Dessert Train)
Shop 1, Cafe Court, The Star
80 Pyrmont st
Pyrmont, NSW 2009 (Entry Via Edward St)