A good day – brunch @ Fundamental and a visit to Adriano Zumbo patisserie

May 30, 2010 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

Well it’s been a good eating day today for Mr L and me.  It started with brunch @ Fundamental in Balmain with PC and Tines. An after brunch stroll to Adriano Zumbo’s patisserie uncovered further spoils that kept us going through the day.  Dog spotting, bird watching and lots of giggling occurred before we headed home to retire to the couch for a relaxing finish.  Now with Masterchef on the tv, all in all it’s been a fundamentally good day!

Part I – brunch @ Fundamentals

PC and I had planned for the four of us to meet @ Fundamental this morning.  I’d visited many times previously, but never for breakfast nor brunch, so I was looking forward to this.  This meeting was fortunate as Mr L and I got stuck into the red wine last night.  By the time we met at 10:30, we were threatening to die from starvation.  The menu provided several options that spoke to all four of us – they were serving from both the breakfast and lunch sections – and we got straight on with the business of eating.

We ordered some drinks first.  A hot chocolate and strawberry milkshake combo for Mr L (yes, he needed both drinks), a hot chocolate for Tines – hold the marshmallows (!); a cuppa tea for PC and coffee for me.  Tines, Mr L and I agreed that the stuff on top of our hot drinks was weird – we deduced that Fundamental sprinkles with cocoa, which means it’s not as sweet as the usual chocolate.  A small point.  We stirred it through pressed on with drinking the drinks.

Drinks @ Fundamentals, Balmain

Drinks @ Fundamentals, Balmain

Official business: brunch

PC is drawn to the BLT.  She had its number.  It included avocado (hence, a BLAT) and she modified it to include aioli.  It arrived looking terrific on turkish. 

PC's BLAT

PC's BLAT

Tines ordered this absolutely amazing omelette.  It was filled with spinach and fetta and had such a bite to it that I almost wished I’d ordered that too.   I will be going back for a whole one of these at some point!

Tines' omelette

Tines' omelette

I’m pretty sure I knew what Mr L was having for breakfast before he did…  I may have mentioned before just how much he loves a poached egg – and if there’s a Benedict looking dish on the menu, he’ll often go for it.  With a few modifications of course.  He chose to substitute the ham for bacon and add baked beans and hash browns this morning, such was his hunger.  Both Mr L and Tines were fascinated by their hash browns.  They came in the form of four double bite-sized pieces.  Fried to perfection, with just the right amount of crunch and salt. 

Oddly, both Mr L’s and my breakfast arrived with unexpected bowls of beautiful fresh fruit salad. 

Mr L's breakfast

Mr L's breakfast

There was no room in my life for gluten avoidance this morning.  If I was eating it, I was doing it well – so I ordered ricotta pancakes with banana and maple.  In honour of one of my SILs, I added bacon – Canadian style.  While these pancakes were good, they weren’t as good as my other SILs version which we enjoyed a couple of months ago.  I would never have thought to combine maple and banana, but was talked into it and found that it worked pretty well, in concert with the bacon on the plate.  Good choice.

Ricotta pancakes with all the trimmings

Ricotta pancakes with all the trimmings

We were spent.  It was time to pay the bill and move on.  After laughing at a crazy bird running through the floor of Fundamental and a bit more chatter, we got on our way and ambled the few paces to Adriano Zumbo’s patisserie.

Inside Fundamentals; crazy bird runs the gauntlet; a zingy passionfruit from our random fruit bowl

Inside Fundamentals; crazy bird runs the gauntlet; a zingy passionfruit from our random fruit bowl

Onward bound – to Adriano Zumbo

When Mr L and I arrived in Balmain, we noted a line out the front of Adriano Zumbo’s patisserie.  An hour later and the line was still there.  On approach, we observed that now it was comprised of big human people, and small furry people.  Seems everyone was keen to get in on the Adrian Zumbo action.  The poor little furry fellas were trying so hard to be good, but when the line moved into the shop, so too did they.  That is until their owner emerged from the shop with his purchase and ushered them out, much to their dismay.  Perhaps there is demand for an Adriano Zumbo puppy cafe?

Furry friends keen to get in on the Adriano Zumbo action

Furry friends keen to get in on the Adriano Zumbo action

I didn’t expect to buy anything, but well – you, dear friend, probably knew that was an unlikely result.  The patisserie is filled with beautiful cakes, quiches, pies, slices, macarons and all kinds of other treats.  Once inside it was too hard to resist – Mr L and I got swept up in the splendour of it all, and after Tines was served, we handed over $16 in return for two mouth watering treats. 

Aside from the beautiful colours and the combination of traditional and new, the thing that I love most about Adriano Zumbo’s patisserie is the whacky names that are given to his selection.  Our $16 went to sweets called “Shabalicious” and “I’ll get back to you Barry”!  And when a staffer squeezed through the door with a fresh tray of goods, the funky dude behind the counter sang happily “Cereal Killer!  Cereal Killer!” – for that was the name of one of Tines’ selections, made up of “milk Anglaise, milk crunchy, condensed milk jelly, milk bottle chantilly and cereal milk balls”!

Pure brilliance @ Adriano Zumbo

Pure brilliance @ Adriano Zumbo

We walked out the door carefully clutching pretty, sturdy white boxes designed to protect the precious acquisitions. 

The Zumbo box

The Zumbo box

The afternoon tea bell went off later in the day when Mr L started chanting “Zumbo! Cha cha cha.  Zumbo! Cha cha cha.” It would have been rude not to, so I made a cup of tea and plated up.

Shabalicious

Shabalicious

The Shabalicious is described on the Adriano Zumbo website as “caramel crunch, caramel sponge, caramel cheesecake, caramel chew and caramel cream cheese mousse”.  It is soft, sweet, crunchy, spongy, rich and toffee like – all in one.  It is like a cheesecake, hold the cheese and add the caramel.  It’s quite a delight.

I'll get back to you Barry!

I'll get back to you Barry!

I’ll get back to you Barry! confused me.  I expected it would to be mud cake, but in fact it’s mousse.  The balls on top add crunch and the base is biscuity.  The vertical wall of chocolate on the left is solid, yet creamy.  It’s really quite a masterpiece.

Looking at the website tonight, I can see that there are a number of gluten free options to choose from.  When we’re next there, I will be sure to take Mr Zumbo up on some of those and will report in due course.

The low down

Fundamental Cafe and Restaurant is located at 266 Darling Street, Balmain.  I’m pretty sure it used to have a website, but have been unable to find it tonight.  I do know that at night time, it transforms from the cafe in the pictures above to a fish restaurant.  For more info and bookings, call (02) 9810 1010.

Fundamental Fish on Urbanspoon

Adriano Zumbo patisserie is located at 296 Darling Street, Balmain.  Don’t confuse the patisserie with the Cafe Chocolat, which is located further up Darling Street (towards Rozelle) at Shop 5, 308 Darling Street, Balmain.  You can find more info on both of Adriano Zumbo’s shops on the website, here.

Adriano Zumbo Café Chocolat on Urbanspoon

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