Maze pop up dessert
[Note: Maze Melbourne has closed. Currently resided by Mr Hive]
Not sure if this will make anyone change their minds about visiting the ailing branch of Gordon Ramsay’s empire – Maze Melbourne. This will be a quick post highlighting Maze’s pop up dessert theme, wherein the pastry chef creates the desserts before your eyes and serves it straight to your table. Correction: dessert theme no longer exists, it is currently “raw bar” serving up oysters.
Rhubarb compote, yoghurt, freeze dried raspberry – where is the rhubarb compote? Can you spot it? Unless you have x-ray vision I doubt it. You have to dig beneath the yoghurt to find the juicy strands of rhubarb. The rhubarb sorbet, fluffy yoghurt and raspberry fairy-dust make for a refreshing serve of dessert.
Coffee ganache, salted caramel, hazelnut ice cream – that is damn small for such a huge plate – it makes the dessert even smaller! In spite of that, given the rich density in the tile of chocolate ganache, any more would’ve been sickening. *Ahem, this is the voice of someone who just finished dinner at The Atlantic about 20 minutes earlier. A smooth but nutty quenelle of ice cream and hazelnut fragments candied in salted caramel were a delightful match.
Rating: Yummy. Desserts from the pop-up menu follow suit with the main restaurant kitchen’s simplicity. Portions are small however.
Level 1, 8 Whiteman Street