With most people dreading the thought of work this morning (Monday-itis regardless if it isn’t Monday), I woke up feeling excited like a kid waking up on Christmas day. It’s here- finally! The grand opening of the Dream Cuisine Patisserie store!
Although I wasn’t a keen bean early riser like some (with Owen getting there at 5am to start the day), I still had a big smile on my face when I walked through the door just after midday.
From their pamphlet and website:
“Dream Cuisine is take no prisoners, make no compromises sweets and pastry. We use organic ingredients and we make everything fresh by hand. Everything is made in our Canberra kitchen from the freshest natural ingredients. We use organic whole flour, free-range eggs, farmhouse cream, organic milk and fresh seasonal fruit.”
A cute petite store with very lovely colour detailing from the walls to the lights even the chairs.
What did we leave with?
A sampler of a ‘mini macaron’- double chocolate, all 6 available macaron flavours ($3.00)- lavender and honey; salted butter caramel; strawberry and champagne; pistachio and lime; passion fruit and double chocolate
and two flat whites (I don’t drink coffee so I badgered my two friends to try it, they said it was good coffee but not outstanding).
So what have I sampled from Dream Cuisine previously from accidentally/on purpose bumping into them all the time at the markets?
A break down: there’s only so many ways you can say amazing and wonderful so just assume that description for all of the following flavours.
Coffee (although I don’t drink coffee I still liked this and didn’t find it bitter), strawberry and champagne (tasted more like white chocolate and strawberries but I still liked it) and salted butter caramel (one of my favourite flavours).
Passion fruit(an amazing burst of passion fruit flavour), ‘Real Chai‘ (I Real Chai and this is very true to the flavour), lavender and honey (you can definitely taste both flavours and they go so well together) and raspberry (my first lve- yep it’s the first flavour I had from Dream Cuisine and I’m always sad when they don’t have it). Not shown: double chocolate (a pure chocolate indulgence) and pistachio and lime (they don’t win awards for this for nothing).
Crème brûlée tart, raspberry tart, roasted hazelnut and honey tart, crème brûlée tart, crème brûlée tart (approximately $4.00-$5.00 from the markets).
A break down:
Raspberry tart (the burst of fresh delicate raspberries and vanilla bean custard how could you go wrong? I think this is my favourite! Oh Owen, why didn’t you have this today? ), Crème brûlée (yes you might have noticed the multiple pictures, I also enjoy this tart very much. It stays true to its name and has a crunchy top and a velvety custard texture), hazelnut and honey (a great marriage of flavours and not too overly sweet).
If my memory serves me correctly the prices of the macarons have gone up (even though Adriano Zumbo macarons are just $2.50) but if other people around Canberra (and Melbourne for that matter) are charging the same if not more for no where near the quality (texture, flavour and quality of ingredients), I’m ok with that, it might just mean I only eat 3 macarons and not 4.
Being the first day, they didn’t have all the fabulous flavours and tarts that I wanted, but they assured me during the up coming weeks there’ll be more variety and even hot food! I guess I’ll just have to come back real soon.
Venue: Dream Cuisine Patisserie
Address: 9/18 Whyalla St Fyshwick
Opening Hours: 6:30am-4pm Monday – Friday (except public holidays)
you can still find them at EPIC farmer’s market on Sat and OBD markets on Sunday.