Food Review: Fancy Nance- South Yarra

I love to go to new restaurants and find some inspiration from the food i order. Especially from the dessert menu. Daniel and i had made a new years resolution we know we could keep. Visit at least one new restaurant a month. So when i found on Instagram that Adriano Zumbo was opening a high tea restaurant, i had to book in asap. I love how people are turning your ordinary desserts into something…… well fancy (So didn’t mean that on purpose, but I’m going to roll with it).

Daniel and i went on a friday afternoon, which was nice as it was not at all busy. We order the “I’m so fancy” with a coffee and raspberry tea, which is menu with the lot. Our first course was full of sweetness.

Spiced cherry pudding with milk and cocoa nibs. Jasmine rice with currants, pomelo and popcorn. Passionfruit caramel ganache with caramel creme burled, caramel espuma and malt meringue. Brownie macaroni. And apple pie with cinnamon marshmallow and sorrel.
Spiced cherry pudding with milk and cocoa nibs. Jasmine rice with currants, pomelo and popcorn. Passionfruit caramel ganache with caramel creme burled, caramel espuma and malt meringue. Brownie macaroni. And apple pie with cinnamon marshmallow and sorrel.

It looked so amazing. Most of it doesn’t look like what its suppose to be, but as long as it taste’s good you know your fine. This was My favourite part of the meal. I’m a huge sweet tooth. So starting with the sweets rather than the savouries was completely fine by me. When i read the menu i thought “rice pudding, thats weird” i have heard of rice pudding before but have never had the good fortune of visiting somewhere thats serves it. What a surprise. I actually think this was the best part of the meal. Who would have thought, ask anyone in my family and they will tell you i’ll love the chocolate thing the most. But this time i can prove them all wrong. Sweet rice and popcorn… real good combo.  What was even more surprising was Daniel (the not so sweet tooth) found the most sweetest thing on the menu to be the best. The Passionfruit caramel ganache with caramel creme burled, caramel espuma and malt meringue. It had so many different layers of delicious cameral. If it wasn’t in a small tube I’m sure he would have licked the thing clean.

The second course helped us ease into the third savour course.

Scones with a capsicum and berry jam. Brownie. Pastries du jour. Puff pastry with candies olives and smoked ricotta.
Scones with a capsicum and berry jam. Brownie. Pastries du jour. Puff pastry with candies olives and smoked ricotta.

Like i said before, i’m a sweet tooth. I tend to get a bit hesitant towards savouries and well there was some interesting stuff coming my way. First off the capsicum jam with a french savoury cream. I was so unsure about it. It tasted like a sweet but still capsicum was still strong. Daniel and i was both indifferent about it. We didn’t hate it but didn’t love it. The next new thing to try was the Puff pastry with candies olives and smoked ricotta. I was a bit excited about this one, but after Daniel tasted it he advised me against it. Don’t get me wrong, Daniel didn’t mind it, his just my taste tester sometimes and he said this would not go down well with me. Which it didn’t. I gave it a little taste and being someone who doesn’t eat seafood because of the smell, this tasted like that smell. I just couldn’t.

Course three, the last.

Grilled Octopus with roasted beetroot and lardo di colonnata. Chicken Cibattino. Osso Bucco with pea shoots.
Grilled Octopus with roasted beetroot and lardo di colonnata. Chicken Cibattino. Osso Bucco with pea shoots.

Oh-MM-GEE were we full at this point, but we pushed through. We are just that strong. I was not going anywhere near the octopus, that was a given, so Daniel had it and gave me his Osso Bucco. He loved the octopus. He said it wasn’t as chew as others he had before. The Osso bucco was so lovely. The veal was just so tender. Defiantly the highlight of the savoury.

An hour and a half down and two fat stomachs. Fancy Nance was so worth it. I defiantly recommend it if you have had a high tea before and are looking into doing it again but want something a bit different.  🙂

jesxox

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