Dessert Evenings every Thursday at Cafe Rosamond are brought to you courtesy of pastry chef Pierre Roelofs – who is extremely talented! Pierre has previously worked at Michelin Star restaurants and interned at The Fat Duck, just to name a few. The way the evening works is that you either decide if you want do one, two or three courses of dessert, for $20, $30 or $40 respectively. You can also choose the addition of a glass “tube” containing a variety of sweet samples for $9 a tube.
There is no menu, so you never really do know what you are eating. The waitresses do tell you what has been used when they come over to deliver the dishes to you, but there are so many ingredients that you really don’t remember them all – you just enjoy the flavour punch that you get when you put it into your mouth. Each dish compromises of about 15 elements, so every mouthful is like a surprise fireworks display. The reactions around the room are interesting to observe and hear – you hear a lot of “oh my gawd’s” and “wow” to pure giggling. It’s great. Food is meant to be fun and hearing and observing these kinds of reactions are what makes meals enjoyable.
The glass tube I had consisted of licorice, puffed rice and jelly. The mix tasted quite potent but sweet at the same (I am not a huge fan of licorice). The first course of dessert I had consisted of Quinoa, Rose, Rhubarb, Vanilla, Grape, Mascapone. I really enjoyed the flavours and the mix of this dessert and it was the first time I had Quinoa in a dessert. The second course consisted of Persian Fairy Floss, Custard, Ice, Granita. I didn’t enjoy this much at all. It had a really strange mix and I didn’t think the flavours or the after taste that you got was nice at all – in fact it left a bit of tangy sting in your mouth. The last dessert was Meringue, Jelly, Custard, Berries. This was another dish that I enjoyed. I am always a huge fan of meringue in desserts and the combination with jelly is great. It was another fruity dish which was a winner.
The menu changes weekly, so even if you were to go back you will always get a different dish. It all adds to the experience of these Dessert Evenings. There are no bookings, you simply have to arrive early and line up. Sometimes if you even get there 20 minutes before the line is about 10 people deep. They do put your name down and offer to call you back.
Rating : 4.5 Pandas
Menu – One, Two or Three Course dessert for $20, 30 or $40 resepectively. You can also have a glass tube for $9
Atmosphere / Ambience: Cosy, Vintage, Old Fashioned
Standout Dish: Most of the Desserts – My fave out of the ones I tried was Dessert #1
Service: Friendly and Informative
Online Booking: No – Recommend going earlier than opening time as you will have to line up to get in.
Restaurant Details and Location:
Rear 191A Smith Street (Cnr Charles Street), Fitzroy
Tel No: 9419 2270
Thursday evening: 7pm – 11pm
Please note: Cafe Rosamond operates as a cafe during other times for breakfast/lunch
Monday to Friday: 7.30am – 3.30pm
Saturday: 9am – 3pm