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Published October 3rd 2016
Ready to satisfy that sweet tooth?
Winter has come to Adelaide and it has stayed for as long as it possibly could. But, it's getting closer to the time to say goodbye to this season in a couple of weeks' time.
However, in preparation for our chilly spill, one dessert kitchen made the executive decision to have a menu that caters to our wintry needs of snuggling up in the warmth and enjoying some good-for-the-soul desserts in the process.
A delicious spread of Aviary Dessert Kitchen's winter menu
Located at the edge of the Parade, the Aviary Dessert Kitchen has established itself as one of the popular spot for couples and/or friends to brave the weather and treat themselves to some seriously rich and creamy desserts and hot drinks.
There are two areas of seating available to customers - the more popular upstairs seating area and a more intimate space, which is located downstairs around the corner from the register.
Welcome to Norwood's popular dessert kitchen - Aviary Dessert Kitchen
The décor of the Kitchen has fresh tones of blue, white, and cream, which are noticeable in all corners of the place. The Kitchen has done an excellent job of incorporating several vintage and timeless elements - recycled frames, wall decal, patterned wallpapers - with the theme of the place, which is of the Avian variety. You can find cute 'aviaries' that have been set up across the Kitchen, which tiny, cute birds decorating their 'bird cages' beautifully.
With several mouth-watering options of desserts and drinks that are available on their menu, the Kitchen has always pleased their customers by introducing new desserts and keeping the classics, so there's a bit for everyone. There are gluten-free and vegan desserts, which means that most of the dietary requirements will be well-catered for.
The people who work here are lovely, polite, and make you feel at home. They are very professional and are always there to make sure you are enjoying your visit to the Kitchen.
As part of the winter menu, there are a number of decadent desserts that will warm you up and fall in love with this season all the more. Now, with less than two weeks to go before their spring menu launches, it would only make sense to stop by this dessert place and enjoy the variety of sweet-laced, velvety goodness while it lasts.
I was fortunate enough to try some of the many items on their list, one of which was the macaron flower pot. This is one of their most famous, signature dessert dishes. Served with a personal choice of macaron, you'll be treated to a rich Belgian chocolate mud cake, which resembles the 'pot' that the macaron is growing out from. The mud cake comes with layers of chocolate mousse, chocolate soil and pistachios. Simply scrumptious!
Of course, it is always more fun to have the opportunity to 'play' with your food. Cue in the ginger ninja, which comes with a warm ginger sticky date pudding with toasted coconut ice cream and honeycomb. You can pour the palm sugar butterscotch sauce over the cake and ice cream to your heart's content. This is a brilliant infusion of flavours where East meets West. A perfect option if you're battling the flu and/or have a craving for healthy sweets.
The apple crumble is a classic favourite that is a simple yet delicious dish, served with fresh cream and vanilla icecream. This dessert will make you feel like you're home, with its warm flavours, crunchy textures and complementary super soft filling of apples on the inside.
If you're like me and crave waffles because they are pretty rare to find around Adelaide, then this dish will bring a smile to your face. The chocolate pecking plate comes with Belgian waffle, a chocolate raspberry mousse pot and flourless chocolate cake. While this does pose a risk of entering 'maximum chocolate overload' mode, we all know that it is well worth it. The waffles were soft and mixed well with the mousse. The fruit on the waffles served as a great supplement to the rest of this appetizing dish.
If you're not into the super sweet option of the chocolate pecking plate, then the flourless pecking plate might be a more feasible option. Served with flourless chocolate cake, panna cotta and choice of a macaron, the sweetness factor is a bit more subtle here. The panna cotta had just the right amount of consistency and the macaron was craftily made to create the perfect crack with one bite. The chocolate cake was fluffy and light as the previous dish, which also shows consistency in the quality of their desserts.
If you're stopping by the Aviary after dinner and don't think you can stomach the heavier options of dessert, then something as simple as their individual macarons might be the way to go. There are so many different flavours that you can choose from including pistachios, chocolate, salted caramel, and peanut butter (to name a few). The macarons present with an excellent texture of crunchy matte (on the outside) and a super-creamy filling with distinct flavours underneath.
Wile we reached our zenith of all things sweet, I couldn't resist trying the peanut butter hot chocolate. As a lover of peanut butter, I found this drink to be rich in Belgian chocolate and thoroughly nuttilicious. But, be advised - this drink will fill you up easily, so it might lead you to struggle with finishing any dessert that you order after.
Spring/summer is right around the corner, which means that some of these dishes may disappear to make room for the weather-appropriate dishes. The Aviary Dessert Kitchen is open Tuesday-Sunday from 730pm onwards, so make sure you walk down the Parade (preferably with a large group of friends) and have a cute catch up over pleasing-looking desserts and hot drinks that are full of love and warmth.