I’ve blogged about dessert maestro Pierre Roelofs before – more precisely, about how disappointed I was to miss out on his brief sojourn presenting dessert evenings at chocolate shop Monsieur Truffe last year.
If you were as disappointed as I was, here’s some good news! Pierre has popped up at cute-as-a-button Cafe Rosamond for dessert only evenings every Thursday (7-11pm) until further notice. Seat yourself in a candlelit nook and choose one, two or three courses of dessert ($20, $30 and $40 respectively) and/or try a rave-worthy tube ($9).
The menu will change every week and on opening night we had three very creative courses shared between two people:
Coffee meringue, dark chocolate grains, fresh pineapple, dehydrated pineapple, pasta filled with marscapone, gold leaf and micro-leaves. I found this dish to be very humorous – the interesting textures and surprising flavours made me laugh out loud!
A cube of pear pound cake orbiting honey couscous, yoghurt foam hiding a nugget of pure pear sorbet and topped with toasted millet for a bit of savoury crunch. The idea was to dip the cake into the foam, but really there’s no rules.
Quince with sharp vodka jelly and vanilla done a myriad of ways – creamy, crunchy, cold, silken. I thought the quince was a bit bland, I would have liked to see the pear make another appearance to lift the flavours.
Now for the fun bit! Open-ended test tubes filled with layers of musky rose jelly, pistachio jelly, peach jelly and sprinkled with crumbled cream. It reminded me of the ‘Drink Me’ potion made by Heston Blumenthal for his Alice in Wonderland themed Victorian feast, and it had the same element of wonder for me. A highly recommended experience!
Last but not least, you can continue the Pierre Roelofs delight at home with his Instant Pudding Series ($10). Basically you empty the sachet into a saucepan, add cold milk, bring to boil and stand for one minute – how easy is that? First one in the series is a chocolate and coconut pudding (flavours will change every week) and I can’t wait to try it.
A final tip – Cafe Rosamond is small and doesn’t take bookings so time your visit carefully. When we arrived at around 9pm we managed to get a spot but by the time we left at 9:45pm the queues had congregated outside.
To read about breakfasts at Cafe Rosamond, click here.