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Adriano Zumbo Patisserie Balmain

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published June 24th 2011
Adriano Zumbo's Balmain patisserie is so small that you might miss it, if it weren't for the line of people out the front. Modelled on classic French Patisseries, Adriano Zumbo Patisserie serves up fresh pastries, gateaux, petite fours, and breads, every day.

Pastries and Bread Tempt Those in the Zumbo Line

Zumbo's Balmain patisserie is open seven days a week, from 8am till 6pm on Monday to Saturday, and from 8am till 4pm on Sundays. It is most popular on weekends, don't expect to pop in quickly and leave with an armful of cakes and pastries. You can sometimes spend more than half an hour lining up outside the Balmain store before you even get a chance to place your order. There are no tables or chairs, you simply make your way down the line, and once you've placed and received you order find somewhere else to eat your treats.

The Line Outside Zumbo's Balmain Store

Parisian macarons are perhaps the most famous feature of the Zumbo's patisserie. This is not a place to shy away from strange and exotic flavours, amongst the regulars of pistachio and vanilla lie some truly inspired numbers.

Check out the list of current Adriano Zumbo macaron flavours:
Charred Coconut & Black Rice Pudding
Japanese Mayo
Kaffir Lime & Ginger
Strawberries & Cream
Caramelised Palm Sugar
Black Sesame, Licorice & Lime
Chestnut & Mint
Toasted White Chocolate
Salted Butter Caramel

Zumbo is famous not only for creating interesting flavour combinations, but for the power of his flavours. Each bite of a Zumbo macaron manages to pack such a large amount of flavour into such a small morsel. This is one of the reasons his store draws a line come rain, hail, or shine.

What Could be in Here?

Macarons are not Zumbo's only delicacy. Freshly baked loaves of bread waft their aroma through the store, while croissants and danishes tempt patrons from their line outside. Zumbo's gateaux and petit fours are delicate visions, with bright colours and shapes and structures unlike any others. It is best to visit Adriano Zumbo with many friends, so that all of his creations can be tasted and shared.

Adriano Zumbo Macarons

It may seem a bit ridiculous to spend half an hour waiting outside for some pastries, and another 15 minutes shuffling through the store, some may not find it worth their time. I do recommend you visit one of Adriano Zumbo's patisseries at least one, experience it once for yourself and then decide if you'll ever bother to line up again.

As much as I'll kick myself to do so, I know I'll be joining the queue again sometime soon.
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Why? See what all the fuss is about, and eat some French delicacies
When: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 8am-4pm
Where: 296 Darling Street, Balmain
Cost: Prices Vary
I am yet to try creations by the "patissiere of pain". Kaffir lime ginger macarons sound appealing. I find the idea of satay macarons quite bizarre though. Looks like Ill have to go see for myself now :) thanks for the info!
By Badhon M - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 6th of July @ 07:44 am
Where does the chocolate cake come from that is photographed on your review.
By suem4 - reader
Thursday, 7th of July @ 06:42 am
Sorry, I'm not sure what chocolate cake you're referring to? The macarons and bread pictured in this are all from Adriano Zumbos, but I don't know what chocolate cake you mean. Let me know and I can help you out. Cheers!
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Thursday, 7th of July @ 08:41 am
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