Say what? Dessert train? Did I read that right? Is that what I think it is?Yes, yes, 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. You get to choose desserts and macaron flavours of your choice displayed in playful cabinets.
Inside the "In Case of Emergency Break Glass" cabinet are macarons!!!! Brilliant!
On our second visit, we made sure that the Dessert Train was fully-operational. While the Patisserie is open everyday from 11am onwards, the Dessert Train is only open from Tuesday to Sunday, afternoon onwards (please check their website before visiting).
We lined up for the Dessert Train at about a quarter to six in the evening and we were third on queue already. Good thing we were early as the line was getting longer by the time they opened the Dessert Train area.
And just like kids, the Husband and I oohhed and aahhed as the desserts came out. We felt like kids in a Willy Wonka movie! Haha.
And to add to that childlike ambience, they had little anime figures on the side of the conveyor.
Just like the concept of a Sushi Train, each dessert plate was coloured and equivalent to a cost. They also have ice cream for AUD$3.50/bowl.
The Husband grabbed a plate of this rich chocolate cake covered in smooth chocolate cream.
I was being boring that day so I grabbed a pink plate that had my Zumbo favourite, The XIWT.
Crunchy pastry that housed gooey innards of caramel and chocolate.
Once a few plates of macarons were out, we couldn't resist getting at least 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.
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. I thought maybe they didn't want people to stay for long. Seating was limited to about 20 (just my estimate) and customer turnaround was quite fast since one can't really handle that much dessert (not unless that was your dinner).
The Husband and I had a cake each and a plate of macarons (which we shared), plus a bottles of orange juice and water to cleanse our palate from all the sugar. We thought of getting a bowl of ice cream but passed...maybe next time.
Some days, I say 'No to desserts' as I have a bit of aversion to sweets (especially in big amounts). But who would say "No" to experiencing a Dessert Train? Not me. It was sugar overload (at least for me) but I loved the foodie experience.
Adriano Zumbo at The Star
Shop 1, Cafe Court
80 Pyrmont St., Pyrmont, NSW 2009
Entry Via Edward St
Patisserie Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday, 11am till 11pm
Friday & Saturday, 11am till Midnight
Sunday, 11am till 10pm
Dessert Train Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Thursday, 6pm till 10.30pm
Friday & Saturday, 6pm till 11.30pm
Sunday, 12pm till 5pm