Why would someone move from Sydney to Adelaide, to open up a dessert bar and patisserie? Well, we've proven that we love our desserts here; perhaps that's why Astonish Patisserie has made King William Street it's new home.
Astonish was opened by two former students from Le Cordon Bleu; one of the world's most highly regarded culinary schools. The patisserie is in the southern end of the CBD, just by Gilbert Street. It might seem like a strange location when places like this are expected on Gouger, Waymouth, or Rundle Street, but being in a quieter part of town it's a lot easier to find a park; the City South tram stop is also handily nearby.
Inside there are four separate dining areas. Astonish has a lot of seating, but each area still has an intimate feel. There is a small area by the entrance, a larger room perfect for private events, a courtyard for balmy summer nights, and a gorgeous room with a working fireplace and towering bookshelves.
The menu is divided into two main sections. 'Cake, Tart & Mousse' is probably fairly self explanatory. These are smaller desserts like your gateaux, lemon tarts, cheesecakes, and mousses. Some of Astonish's sweets include caramelised apple mousse, seasonal cheesecake, or black forest cake. You can browse the selection in the display cabinet, but it isn't easy to choose.
The 'Dine-In' menu is a little more expensive, but also a little more involved. All these desserts are prepared after you order in the small Astonish kitchen. They range from $12-$18, and sit in the price-range of most restaurant dessert menus. The pride of this list is the panna fire. It's a light and subtle vanilla panna cotta served with rhubarb jelly and a brandy snap, and joined by a flaming pistachio bombe alaska.
Most of the desserts are based on fairly basic concepts, dressed up with something special. Other 'Dine-In' options include the vanilla crème brulée with Madagascar vanilla bean, or the warm banana cake with caramelised banana and almond praline banana smoothie.
We just left utterly disgusted- we have been to most of the great dessert bars in Adelaide and feel totally ripped off after eating here- terrible service, ordered iced tea, got it in a bottle with straw balancing on top, asked for at least a glass with ice, never got it, ordered mineral water, got warm tap water, creme brulee and coffee very very standard, cheesecake had no candied orange and tasted like storebought mix, im so upset now, wasted my hard earned money, will be looking at my loved Weekend notes in a different light from now on.