Adriano Zumbo

One of my favourite desserts of all time still goes to these delicate pieces of macarons. First of all, they come in so many different flavours so I’ll never get sick of trying them. Each flavour never fails to surprise my taste buds. I’m always curious with what each macaron stores have to offer. Adriano Zumbo is centered in South Yarra, a two minute walk from my apartment, a bad location to locate themselves, I mean, bad for my diet. You call me lucky but I think my waist hates me now. I love coming here and I thought I’d share what goodness I’ve devoured these past months. 
Each macaron costs 2.50AUD. While I was completely perplexed on which macaron to try on, a man (customer) confronted me to try out every piece of the 11 macarons on display. Alas, I did. No regrets though! Here’s a list of the macaron flavours that was available that day:
Berry Brulee
Francesco Brownie
Mum’s Strawberry Sponge Cake
Hazelnut Praline
Malted Milkshake
Caramel Au Beurre Salé
Salted Butter Caramel On Toast
Mum’s Trifle
Caramelised White Chocolate
I took an extra Berry Brulee macaron to complete the twelve as a set. My favourite amongst the list (starting from the best) are the Hazelnut Praline, Francesco Brownie, Fingerbun, and Berry Brulee. These are flavours have a stronger and more unique taste.
Over the past months, I have been visiting Adriano Zumbo several times and have accumulated pictures since then. Here are my thoughts on their cakes and pastries.


Zonut (KitKat)

Essentially cronuts, but Adriano Zumbo calls their version of cronuts as Zonuts. These delicate pastry in one thing that I always come back for, perhaps my favourite item on the menu even. That doughnut and croissant combo made my knees weak, seriously they are fabulous.


Zonut (Lemon & Marshmallow)

They do different Zonut flavours daily, one of the days I was lucky to try on their famous lemon and marshmallow Zonut. The lemon sugar icing was little but definitely strong in both aroma and taste.


Secret Carrot’s Business

Carrot Cake is one of Adriano Zumbo’s specialty. It looks deconstructed but in fact there were a lot of thought put into decorating it. That pretty but messy look is not easy to pull. The base are layers of carrot cake and baked cheese cake. On top are blobs cream cheese mousse with semi dried carrots, crushed carrot cakes and caramelised pecans. Given its size, its really not that guilt liable to the waist.



The Sakuteiki does not cloy. The towering stacks involve unseen mandarin jelly, lime dacquoise, yuzu ganache, sakura mousse, green tea sponge and green tea crunch. With that colour, where do all these flavours come from? Its for you to find out. But just in case you are curious, it was both sweet and citrusy at the same time.


I Pea Freely

I Pea Freely as it name suggests, has pea in it. Its no surprise that the colour it received were caused by the infusion of blueberry. There is also the juice or zest of lemon to balance the candy coated sweetness.


Lemon Meringue Tart

I love having Lemon Meringue Tart from time to time. Adriano Zumbo does an excellent version of it. The meringue was light and airy, and I knew right away that it was in fact made and blowtorched on the day itself.


Orange & Coconut

The orange and coconut was bought a huge sized and then given away for a relative. I did not get to try this one but sure enough the concoction of both orange and coconut gets me curious and I will definitely give it a try soon.


If you remember seeing silver walls illuminated by a pink signage, which I am sure you do from all that hype on Instagram, that my friends, is Adriano Zumbo’s quirky and unique layout. Many tourists that come over to Melbourne can’t leave home without first buying macarons from Adriano Zumbo. I say these macarons are really good, but please, don’t leave without a Zonut!

Adriano Zumbo
12-14 Claremont Street, South Yarra
Melbourne, Victoria 3141
Tel: +(61) 18 0085 8611

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