Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lorraine's Patisserie, CBD

In the CBD area and craving for refreshing cakes, but Black Star Pastry's strawberry watermelon cake is too far? Look no further, Lorraine's Patisserie has the perfect competitor for the infamous watermelon cake: the strawberry mascarpone cake.
Despite it's hidden location in Palings Lane, this patisserie definitely serves fine pastries. Baked freshly in the shop, you will be coming back for more!


Strawberry Mascarpone Cake - mascarpone layered with crisp coconut dacquoise and sliced strawberries (AUD 8.00/slice) *they also sell it whole, for more info click here*

This is best served chill out of their display fridge. In my opinion, this cake was flawless.
It has a great texture from the creamy, slightly sweet mascarpone, with the refreshing strawberries and the crisp, slightly chewy coconut dacquise. None of the element overpowers the other and therefore, you can taste everything from the coconut, strawberries and the mascarpone cream. Oh, and don't forget the brulee-d top.

my boyfriend Chris Pine says, "yum".

Frangipane Tart - seasonal fresh fruit and almond cream (AUD 6.50/slice or AUD 35.00/whole)

I'm usually not a fan of frangipane, as they usually have too strong of almond flavour. I can't stand the frangipane here, too, but eating them together with the strawberry and rhubarb on top, the almond was made subtler. 
It was a nice tart, but not even close to the mascarpone cake.


Find they're full menu here, but do make a call to check if they have what you want in the store, cause the display wasn't complete when I went, as I was there in the afternoon and I think they sold out most of the variety. Anyway, I will definitely comeback for some strawberry mascarpone cake. Although 1 thing I don't like is how they don't have a dining area and so everything is only for takeaway. Besides that, perfect pastries.

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Le Monde, Surry Hills

Okay, so I've been a great blogger, not posting for almost 2 months and all. It's not that I was so busy or anything, it's just that I'm back in Jakarta, Indonesia and have been so busy eating out here. But, hey, I miss blogging and sharing food pics here. So here's some #foodporn and #throwback to my Le Monde experience.

See, the cafe is not that big, and it's on the street of Foveaux St. Not very eyecatching, but it has 94% rating on and I'm trusting all the reviews so I gave this cafe a go. Verdict? 
I like it... honest food with fresh ingredients, nothing too fancy though... But, who needs fancy when you have good taste. 


Potato Rosti - with gypsy ham, sauteed spinach, poached egg, hollandaise sauce, feta cheese and pistachio (AUD 16.00) *specials*

I've never had pistachios on my hollandaise sauce before, but I'm loving the idea. It adds texture on top of the crusty potato rosti, creamy hollandaise and yolk from the poached egg (I know, no eggporn, I was too excited to dig in I forgot to take a picture). Anyway, the gypsy ham was nice, it wasn't those sliced ham you got from the supermarket, it tasted like 'the real thing'. The crumbled feta was a nice touch to add saltiness and creaminess.
I cleaned the whole plate, and the only thing I'd change about this dish is the portion, I'd add one more egg and more hollandaise. Wait, maybe that's just me being greedy.

Hot Cake - with sliced strawberries, whipped yogurt and passionfruit sauce (AUD 13.00) *specials*

If you love a tangy breakfast, this is a go to dish for you. The hot cake was warm and fluffy, beneath those fresh strawberries and cold tangy yogurt and passionfruit sauce. Nicely cut the sweetness from the hotcake.
I personally love the passionfruit sauce, cause it was super tangy, summery and refreshing.

Eggs Benedict - with Gypsy Ham (AUD 13.00)

From the two specials, me and my friends ordered one from the menu. The old, classic Eggs Benedict. Most Eggs Benedict I find in Sydney these days were served on sourdough, brioche or even croissant. But, serving the classic, Le Monde's Eggs Benedict was awesome! I love the creamy, thick hollandaise sauce on top of the toasted English muffin and gypsy ham. Gotta love it.
And again, no eggporn shot.


Food: 7/10
Ambience: 6.5/10
Price: $$

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