Astonish Patisserie [Round 2], Adelaide

“What’s your favourite dessert place?”

“Where do you recommend to go?”

You would think these questions would not be hard to answer but for me it’s loaded. A fair amount of dessert places have popped up in Adelaide offering somewhere to hang out later at night BUT it doesn’t mean it’s quality. Most of the places are average at best and the ones that I like I’ve had the good and the bad – it’s just that the good experiences were so amazing that it had repressed all the crapness. Although my first visit at Astonish left me unimpressed, I was ready to roll the dice again.

Vanilla Panna Cotta

Vanilla panna cotta with raspberry jelly – vanilla panna cotta, raspberry jelly, pistachio crumble and bombe Alaska, fennel meringue, yogurt cream and brandy snap ($16)

The crepes were rubbery with both the cream cheese and chocolate cakes tasting like artificial plastic. The espresso cream, popcorn and salted caramel sauce on it’s own was tasty but it was no saviour to the crepes. Oh THAT was a salted caramel macaron they gave me? I could not even pinpoint what flavour it was – I just thought it was chalk. The macaron shell was dry with most of the flavour coming from the chalky macaron shell. I pretty much left my dish untouched – I couldn’t put another mouthful in and only ate the popcorn and salted caramel sauce (that was some good salted caramel though).

Mocha and cream cheese layer crepe

Mocha and cream cheese layer crepe

Mocha and cream cheese layer crepe – layers of cream cheese filling, espresso cream, chocolate ganache and French crepes. Served with candied popcorn, salted caramel macaron and caramel chocolate sauce ($16)

The taste of burgers dish looked like value for money – two burgers (savoury and sweet) with a little jar of crisp, fried puff pastry pieces that was dusted with icing sugar that acted as ‘chips’. I didn’t actually order this dish but ninja-ed my way through some bites of the savoury salted caramel mango burger ;) Giant slab of pineapple flavoured filling and strawberry moscato jelly were super sweet but by themselves it wasn’t bad. When everything was eaten together a strong unpleasant herb taste resulted – it actually reminded me of the macaron burger I had tried previously.

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Taste of burgers – salted caramel mango burger and berry burger, grilled pineapple, strawberry moscato jelly, raspberry glaze, salted caramel sauce. Served with ‘chips and dipping sauce’ ($15)

This for me wasn’t even average – presentation was nice looking but the food itself is unbearable to put into the mouth.

Food: 1/5
Service: 3/5
Atmosphere: 3/5

Note: I wasn’t planning to do a review so I didn’t bring my DSLR, sorry for the pretty bad photos :(

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