Matteo’s – another day, another dessert
Another day, another dessert for the palate … the sweet life!
533 Brunswick St
03 9481 1177
As you walk through the unassuming glass doors, you enter a space filled with a supple bronze hue which bounces a warm glow off the floral designs against the walls. It is a quiet Sunday night, with only a few tables occupied, so we are quickly and politely ushered to a table upon entry. We order as per our dessert Queen Ms JG’s past dining experiences here… what an easy life to just wait to eat.
Brendan’s Golden Gaytime – A wondrous envelope of golden fairy dust, with the sweetness of honeycomb with a subtle saltiness of toffee, instantly melts in your mouth for an delicate explosion on the palate. The ice cream terrine is smooth, creamy and has a supple note of vanilla to complement the golden powder. A stick of buttery biscuit protrudes from one end of the block – presumably the ‘wooden-stick’ of the ice cream. Apparently there’s a nostalgic element to this dessert, given its resemblance to the 1960’s Street’s ‘Golden Gaytime’ supermarket ice cream. I personally have no real memories of this – sad I know.
Tropical fruit trifle – With juicy chunks of mango within the creamy custard, a deep-beetroot-coloured raspberry jelly for a little tartness, a sugary layer of jellied lychee to contrast, and a sorbet of lemongrass for a tangy kick – this summery dessert certainly provides a blend of many refreshing fruity flavours. But, I find I appreciate the subtleties of each element on its own more than as a whole – which is rather unfortunate.
We also enjoyed a dessert-matched glass of sweet-floral, honeyed and citrusy ’08 Gandia Moscatel Fusta Nova, from the coastal city of Valencia, Spain – married perfectly with the golden gaytime!!!
Rating: somewhere between yummy & yummy+1. I only wish I could remember the Golden Gaytime, maybe I should attempt to find it in the supermarket … [Note] An upgraded rating of Yummy+2 from a subsequent visit has been given, so do check it out.