I had heard about this place from a view bloggers and was recommended by a couple of friends to visit this place. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the main strip of Chapel Street in South Yarra, I made my way there and was greeted by the friendly staff keen for me to sample some of their latest creations. I struck up a conversation with one of the sales attendants and from what the she told me is that Burch & Purchese do a seasonal menu, so not all the deserts will always be there. However they do have some items which are always on the menu so don’t be frightened about an always changing menu just in case you develop a favorite.
I think I have already pointed out the absolutely wonderful customer service they have, with staff ready to help you with any enquiries about any of the cakes, chocolate or ice creams they stock. Or even provide you with suggestions of cakes or confectioneries if you are buying for friends or family as a gift. The place is lovely and small with no seating so heads up for those that want to sit down and have a coffee, it’s not that kind of place. The cakes and chocolates are all crafted exquisitely with some amazing and definitely different flavour variations so be sure to be adventurous and try some of the lesser common combinations.
Since it was my first time I decided to try their cakes first so I bought a coconut, passionfruit, ginger and mint dessert (this wasn’t quite a cake) and a smoked white chocolate, coffee, aniseed and lemon cake. The first one I tried was the smoked white chocolate. What really interested me about this cake was the smoked chocolate, I had never tried it before and was curious to see if it really had the smokey flavor. I took my first bite and it was DIVINE!! This cake was amazing, the smoked white chocolate was there but only slightly so it’s not overpowering the rest of the intricate layers of the cake. Everything they had claimed that was in this cake was in it! Each layer was different, a lemon curd, brownie sponge,crunchy almond meringue, aniseed syrup it was all absolutely beautiful and the combination of it all was sheer bliss. Not only is presentation impeccable but also the favours were just amazing. Words cannot describe how good this cake was I can only highly recommend you go to this shop as soon as possible if you’re an avid cake lover such as myself. As for the other dessert the coconut, passionfruit, ginger and mint dessert it had several layers (not as many as the smoked white chocolate cake) and just like the previous one tasted incredible. The textures of the coconut caviar (as they called it) gave a wonderful texture combined with the ginger and salted oat crumble on the bottom leaving me almost refreshed with the tart passion fruit curd in the mix as well. Truly when I ate this I cried a little because it was just so darn good. So my overall opinion for Burch and Purchese is that it is one of the best places for desserts I’ve been to in a while. I highly highly HIGHLY recommend you give this place a go I know I’m definitely going back again for seconds, thirds, fourths and more.
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