High Tea is all the rage this summer so Juliana Mare visited Fancy Nance – the latest #foodporn establishment from the pastry chef extraordinaire, Adriano Zumbo.
Funnily, after my first visit to Adriano Zumbo’s Fancy Nance today, it wasn’t the zumbarons or savoury works of art that left the best impression with me. It was the incredible capsicum jam, which came as an accompaniment to my gluten free scone.
An impeccable balance of sweet and savoury, this was the perfect jam to spread over the scone, topped with squacquerone cheese. What’s squacquerone you may ask? I’d never heard of this cheese before today but think of it as a cottage cheese and ricotta hybrid, only better.
The texture of the jam was flawless; perfectly smooth and spreadable. I’m almost ashamed to say that I scraped the jar clean because it was delicious enough to eat on its own!
And the scone itself was light, fluffy and moist, which is almost always never the case with gluten free. While the gluten free menu was a fabulous choice for a first-time visit, I wish I had just ordered scones because this dish surpassed every other by a long shot.
Nonetheless, I did also enjoy the savoury menu options; beef cheeks with vanilla and purple carrots and roast cauliflower with brown butter sauce and watercress.
The beef cheek was so tender that it fell apart effortlessly and the sauce was rich but delightfully so. It’s a credit to Zumbo that he has so perfectly paired sweet and savoury – I would never have thought vanilla and carrots could go together but after this dish, I stand corrected.
Cauliflower is one of my favourite vegetables but my favourite part of this dish was the brown butter sauce although I feel as though the word ‘froth’ would be a more accurate description. It was airy and bubbly and although it looked quite bland, it had a deceivingly strong flavour, in a good way.
And what visit to Zumbo’s would be complete without a macaron? The flavour of the day – coffee crème brûlée. Crunchy shells and a gooey centre, it’s no secret that Zumbo’s macarons are flawless, every single time.
High Tea’s in Melbourne usually cost upwards of $50 so a trip to Fancy Nance, where there are options for $45 is well worth the trip. The portions are tiny, as is to be expected from any High Tea but it’s the finer details, wonderfully unique flavour combinations and chic décor that make Fancy Nance stand out.
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21 Daly St,
South Yarra VIC 3141