Operated by Quang Nguyen, the person behind Devour Dessert Bar, the recently opened Shibui Dessert Bar is a good place to enjoy delicious, beautifully presented desserts in the quieter part of Adelaide Central Market. The menu is not static and there is also a mystery dish to make eating there multiple times a fresh experience.
Their Chocolate Forest dessert is well named as it is presented in a fashion that resembles its namesake. The combination of chocolate mousse and fudge cake gave the dessert its rich chocolatey taste, which was balanced out by the slightly bitter matcha crumbs. We also liked the stewed apples, which were cooked just right. The chocolate twigs had a nice snap to them – evidence that the chocolate was tempered correctly. Some flowers completed the presentation with a touch of colour.
Chocolate Forest (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A familiar sight to those that had eaten at Devour, the lemon curd mousse and sherbet in their Lemon Meringue Pie were silky smooth, with the citrus taste being stronger in the lemon curd mousse. The mousse is best enjoyed eaten with the pistachio crumble to balance out its tangy flavour. The crumble also add some contrast with its crunchy texture. The torched meringue and pistachio sponge helped to tie everything together.
Lemon Meringue Pie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
PBJ (Peanut Butter and Jelly) Gateaux is one of the pastries that you can order from the counter; great for those who feel they cannot polish off one of Shibui's "main" desserts by themselves. The peanut butter mousse had just the right degree of peanut butter flavour, and was contrasted nicely by the crisp biscuit base. The raspberry jelly in the centre of the dessert was not too sweet, adding a touch of tanginess to the dish.
Fried Matcha Ice Cream was the mystery dish that can be ordered during our visit. Though it was a bit fiddly to eat, the ice cream had the bitter flavour that you would expect from matcha and was set off nicely by the sponge shell. Matcha sauce was served alongside the dish to be poured over the fried ice cream for a stronger matcha flavour.
Fried Matcha Ice Cream (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To complete your experience, Shibui offers a wide selection of hot and cold beverages ranging from familiar favourites such as milkshakes to the more unusual offerings such as Lemongrass Tea. Shibui Dessert Bar has a simple, modern, clean feel. Its location at Grote Street makes it a convenient stop for diners around Central Market to enjoy a delicious dessert after they have finished their main meals.