Find Adriano Zumbo’s patisserie in South Yarra’s backstreets and you’ve found the flamboyant and utterly cool Zumbo Cafe. Dedicated to serving High Teas and cocktails with a twist, and rocking a dessert bar on Saturday nights with a DJ and fancy cocktails, Zumbo has the sweet things covered. Those with savoury tastebuds shouldn’t despair; the breakfast menu is extensive so you can bypass the pancakes and crumpets. The ‘Sconti’ is Zumbo’s take on the Devonshire Tea. It’s rather unusual and will please both palates. Start by taking one of the fluffy and melt-in-your-mouth scones and slaver it with squacorone cream cheese and top it off with capsicum jam. It’s not for someone like me who has a sweet tooth, but I’m sure the combination works well. The scones are almost cake like, but I like them. They taste even better with the mixed berry jam and rich thick cream. The ‘Sconti’ is available on Friday, Saturday and Sundays only.
Tea: A great selection of loose-leaf teas by Harney & Sons served in a large pot.
Overall: Cavernous and cool digs.
Location: 21 Daly St, South Yarra VIC 3141 Ph: 03 9826 0312 zumbocafe.com.au
Reviewed in December, 2016