Yes, yes…and yes!
Newly-renovated The Star (formerly known as Star City, Sydney’s premiere Casino) now has new fancy shops and restaurants and Sydney rejoiced that Adriano Zumbo was part of the addition. Opened on the 4th quarter of 2011, the Adriano Zumbo at The Star looked the part of a glittery signage of a theatre, the concept very apt for a casino place.
The store that looked fun and whimsy inside was divided into two: the Patisserie and the Dessert Train. The Patisserie is merely for take-aways of your choice of desserts ranging from cakes, macarons, tarts and pastries, all of which are displayed in playful cabinets. Adriano Zumbo’s known for his creative and some exotic-flavoured macarons (toothpaste, hamburger, etc) are displayed in “In Case of Emergency, Break Glass” cabinets. Captivatingly brilliant!
The better half of the store is where you’ll find the famous Dessert Train of Zumbo. From the concept of sushi trains, you will instead find a thrill seeing delectable desserts lined up on the train. For dessert lovers, this is sugar heaven with wheels! It had a childlike ambience as little anime figures are found on the side of the conveyor.
The experience brought out the child in me as I oohhed and aahhed upon seeing desserts come out the train. My Husband and I felt like kids in a Willy Wonka movie! We each grabbed a cake and shared. The Husband enjoyed this rich chocolate cake covered in smooth chocolate cream while I devoured the XIWT which is a crunchy pastry with gooey innards of caramel and chocolate. Once a few plates of macarons were out, we couldn’t resist getting one even if we were already full. We got the Orange-Milo-Salted Caramel combo and it turned to be a good finale to our dessert rendezvous. For ice cream lovers, a self-serve ice cream station is found at one corner of the store. A friend of ours told us that the ice cream was also good, so we’ll try that out next time.
I was a little disappointed that they didn’t offer coffee or tea. I thought they did and was actually looking forward to having a cuppa as we savour our dessert. However, with limited seats of more or less 20, they wouldn’t want people to be taking too long eating desserts, so they took serving tea and coffee out of the equation.
The Patisserie is open everyday from 11am onwards, while the Dessert Train is only open from Wednesday to Sunday, 6pm onwards (please check their website http://adrianozumbo.com/the-star-pyrmont/ for details).
If you don’t want to line up for a long time, be early. I have heard that some people waited in line for 45 minutes just to get seats. The Husband and I planned our trip and made sure we were there at a quarter to six in the evening. We were third in queue so we were the first batch of customers to go in. Customer turnaround was quite fast though.
Each dessert plate is coloured and equivalent to a cost just like the plates from a sushi train. They also have ice cream for AUD$3.50/bowl.
If you’re a foodie or dessert lover, I highly recommend that you visit this place. And if you have family or friends visiting Sydney, take them here and let them experience a sweet and fun way of indulging in desserts.
Ibyang Sanchez is a food and lifestyle blogger. She writes about her food finds and kitchen adventures at “A Wife’s Charmed Life” http://awifescharmedlife.blogspot.com/