38 Toorak Rd South Yarra Vic
LuxBite are another one of those places that really pushed me to start blogging. Headed by Ex- Comme pastry chef Bernard and ex- Rockpool pastry chef Yen I can’t help but get behind these guys. Two young’uns going out on a limb, opening up their own place and making some really brilliant desserts. With my own ambition to develop my own venture somewhere along the line, I’ve got a massive soft spot for young enterprise.
Macarons have been the sugar du jour over the last year, and when executed well are not only a lovely treat, but a true barometer of a pastry chef’s skill. The macaron’s served by LuxBite are an impressive specimen, both chewy and crisp. My only criticism if I had to make one is that there’s not consistency between the textures of the different flavours; likely a product of their differing ingredients. Regardless, that’s really picking at minutiae.
Even though the Macarons are great, they’re not why I go back. It’s their other (in my opinion) more impressive deserts. Their rendition of a Mango pavlova was just incomparable. An orchestral assembly of mango hid a light, perfectly acidic and sweet passionfruit creme enveloped with perfectly executed merangue. It’s the stuff foodie dreams are made of.
LuxBite’s Raspberry tart was similarly impressive. The fresh raspberries sat on a bed of delectable chantilly held in a thin, crisp, buttery shell. You really couldn’t ask for more. You can get a berry tart almost anywhere, but rarely do you find one executed with such skill.
16/20. For what it is, it’s great. Their only weakness is coffee. Barista needs further training and they need better beans! Regardless, go check them out, pig out, then head to Market Lane for a coffee or three. 80%.
Tip: Green tea macaron is not for the faint hearted.