October was a very big eating month for me so I'm still catching up on writing about it... Right at the end of October, I popped into the Shangri-La to see what Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou had constructed for the Let's Do Dessert promotion. If you're scratching your head, this is an annual month-long October promotion that allows you to enjoy a dessert (with no expectation to dine) across many of the high-end restaurants and hotels in Sydney, complete with a glass of dessert wine for just $20.
Against a very pretty Victorian 2012 Brown Brothers Orange Muscat, Anna presented a trio of sweet treats in the elegant surrounds of the Shangri-La's Lobby Lounge. While no instructions were provided, I found this odyssey of chocolate ate best from right to left, starting with the white chocolate coated strawberries ‘n’ cream lollipop.
In the centre there's a shot glass that combines a range of flavours and textures, including crunchy cocoa nibs (Grue de Cacao), salted caramel, roasted hazelnut and thyme pear against the tartness of passionfruit curd. It's an adventure that strokes your whole mouth, and easily my favourite item on the platter. .
The last item was an intense milk chocolate delice - a little rich for me, but certainly eye-catching with beautifully tempered milk chocolate sheets
Now while we're talking about Anna Polyviou, this month she joined 37 other pastry chefs in a new cookbook called The New Pâtissiers [RRP $70]. The beautifully photographed collection of 89 recipes includes three other Australian chefs, including John Ralley from Wildfire, as well as a host of international pastry icons, like Noma's Rosio Sanchez. "I'm very excited about the launch of this book and extremely proud to be one of only four Australian pastry chefs showcased," said Anna. So if you think your pastry skills are sufficient to take on her lovely layered Tropic-Anna, you better get yourself a copy!
You can see another visit to this venue back HERE.
Shangri-La Lobby Lounge
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
Ph: (02) 9250 6144