Attempting to juggle the blog (The Afterimage), sketchbook, camera and a small forest's worth of university readings around Sydney.
Published May 30th 2013
Dessert on a conveyer belt
Is Adriano Zumbo's The Star dessert train in Pyrmont a zany, visual treat for the eyes? Definitely. Is it a little bit overrated? Yes.
There is indeed a novelty in enjoying the parade of pastel coloured sushi plates in the narrow dining interior, with bright neon lights and pop-art-esque interior décor of the bakery in the background.
Open countertops in the bakery let you see the bakers busily crafting the macarons and other confectionary treats
The problem with the dessert train lies here: Variety is the key selling point of most sushi trains, but unless you're sharing with someone or at that stage in life where you're comfortable spending over $15 on dessert alone, you may not be able to encounter much variety in your dessert train experience.
Also, do not go to The Star on an empty stomach.
Or maybe you will – no one wants to leave a lonely single sushi plate on their table, after all. Well played, Zumbo and the marketing team, well played.
My Violet and Crunchie dessert was full of flavour and unexpected textures and is my top recommendation. However, the portion sizes are very small and the desserts are difficult to share, given they are meant to be enjoyed with every single component.
Watermelon Yoghurt. I'm accepting tips on how to divide the foam, really. It was refreshing and interestingly flavoured but pretty insubstantial as a dessert in itself.
Visiting The Star is still an experience I would recommend. You may very well choose to splurge on the dessert train or on an (expensive) box of macarons, but appreciative 'window shopping' (and the occasional sneaky snapshot) works just as well.
At least until one stops being a frugal university student