Join us on the sweetest of journeys as we reveal our favourite desserts in Sydney.
Where: Chippendale, Ryde.
The Poernomo brothers’ Koi Dessert Bar has made quite the impact in Chippendale. We recommend their dessert only four-course menu featuring dishes named Lime, Redwood, Miso and Apple Pie. Our favourite has to be the grand finale, Apple Pie is innovative beyond measure made up of caramel apple foam, green apple sorbet, strawberry and apple jam, dulce cremeux and freeze-dried apple.
117 dining’s Jasmin Crème Brulee
Location: 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney
We’re not even being bias when we say Head of Pastry, Simon Veauvy, makes the best crème brulee in Sydney. Juxtaposing the soft textures of caramel with raspberry sauce and home-made fudge, this dessert makes it onto our top list any day.
Where: Bondi, Circular Quay, Creative Department, Darlinghurst, Miranda, Newtown, Parramatta, Penrith, Rosebery, Surry Hills, The Star, Tramsheds Glebe
Their gelato has crowds queuing down the road at every location, with a creative department pumping out five brand-new ‘Messina Specials’ every week. However, we’re currently obsessed with their bespoke ice-cream cake selection, especially their kooky ‘Dr Evil’s Magic Mushroom’. Built to look exactly like a fairy-tale mushroom, the top dome of this cake is filled with Dr Evil topped with layers of vanilla cream, chocolate sponge, a red ganache, and white chocolate buttons to finish. The stalk is filled with dulce de leche caramel surrounded by dark chocolate gelato. The whole mushroom sits upon ‘grass’ made from popping candy, crushed biscuit, white chocolate and almond praline. What more could you want?
Where: Newtown, Sydney CBD, Rosebery
People come from far and wide to taste its signature dessert: the watermelon cake. Or, more accurately, the strawberry watermelon cake with rose scented cream. It’s a light and creamy tower of heaven that’s topped with petals – and for those suffering from intolerances, it's also gluten-free.
Peter Gilmore’s Cherry Jam Lamington at Bennelong
Location: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point
You must try Peter Gilmore’s modern take on the classic Australian dessert. Its recipe has 49 steps – 49! So you know you’re getting a true piece of art, and it doesn’t disappoint with its square island of cherry jam and sponge encased in chocolate ganache and surrounds by coconut milk snowflakes served smoking from liquid nitrogen.
Location: Zumbo Gateway Sydney, Alfred Street, Circular Quay
Adriano Zumbo is one of Australia’s most celebrated patissier with his appearance on Masterchef making both him – and his desserts – household names in Sydney. When you walk into a Zumbo store, you are met with a library of signature Zumbarons, available in a multitude of colour palettes and each oozing their own oh-so-sweet flavour.