Food adventure @ Burch & Purchese

After a very filling brunch, Jma and I had enough space in our tummies to fit in just a little more food. Seeing as we were only two blocks away, we decided to fill in the remaining space with a sweet treat from Burch & Purchese. As a true gem in the dessert industry, there is quite a bit of hype surrounding the desserts that carry the B&P name and I was super excited about finally getting my hands on some. 

Behind the white-bricked exterior lies a world of magnificent creations and practically all things sweet. 

Lickable and edible Alice in Wonderland canvas. Hmmm, I can’t imagine eating such a work of art… 

Touted as a dessert studio, there is much to see. From the displays that capture the chef’s ingenuity and creativity to the glimpses of the hard workers in the kitchen area. You could even say that the B&P experience was sort of like visiting Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Minus the creepy-looking Oompa Loompas… 

Note: If you look very closely at the photo on the right in the back corner, you’ll be able to spot Kylie Millar, a contestant who made it to the top 6 of the 2012 season of MasterChef, working her magic. It was difficult to discern which was more exciting: meeting Kylie or getting to try some B&P desserts. To say I was starstruck is an understatement!  

Just a few of the items that customers can purchase: jams, chocolates, cake pops, cakes and smaller servings of desserts such as mousses and eclairs. Although at B&P, a mousse isn’t just a mousse. The eclairs aren’t just the eclairs… All their desserts seem to feature a few twists and turns; tweaks that make the desserts all the more special. 

Now this is what I call red velvet. Yum! This would have ended up in my tummy but I had already chosen another dessert. Oh well, it looks like another visit to B&P is in order! 

Complimentary samples: Mango mousse on a coconut sponge. 

The mango and coconut combination is often celebrated in Asian desserts and so that’s where my mind was transported as soon as I took one bite. The sponge possessed coconut pieces and resulted in a rougher texture that contrasted with the delightfully fluffy mango mousse. Light, not overly sweet and very enjoyable. 

Even their takeaway packaging seemed to be on a level of their own! 

J.ma and I each selected one dessert to take away, which is the only option since there are no seats within the establishment. For most of you who can’t wait to tuck into your purchases, like us, there is a food court area located right across the road at the plaza. 

Explosive milk chocolate & raspberry - milk chocolate and raspberry mousse, exaggerated raspberry cream, milk chocolate Sacher sponge, fresh raspberry compote, chocolate royal biscuit, raspberry marshmallow, chocolate coated pop rocks and mirror chocolate glaze. 

When I first laid eyes on this dessert, I was wowed by the layers and elements. When I next laid eyes on the description (somewhat like a list of ingredients), the wow factor became magnified. The ball of velvety smooth mousse was made of the finest chocolate with a slight twinge of bitterness. After digging deeper into the layers, a pop rock sensation along with a mash up of strawberry marshmallowy mousse, powdery chocolate and sour-sweet berry was encountered. Every bite was an adventure, with the fun nearing an end when the spoon hits the bottom of the plastic cup. 

Salted caramel & chocolate eclair - chocolate choux pastry, salted caramel cream, dark chocolate and gold crusted Murray River sea salt. 

I was bracing myself for the overwhelming sweetness that comes hand in hand with caramel but it never came. The saltiness of the cream instead replaced the usual sweetness. Even lacking its usual sweetness, the caramel still dominated the overall dessert. The chocolate presence seemed to pale in comparison! The cream was surprisingly light and creamy, as though magic was used to convert the caramel to a cream form! 

A visit to B&P has been a year in the making, resulting in much anticipation and excitement leading up to this visit. And despite the high expectations, there was no disappointment. Given the number of desserts that I didn’t get to try and the frequently changing menu, a future visit is imminent. Make that plural. 

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Burch & Purchese

647 Chapel St,

South Yarra, Victoria, 3141. 

(03) 9827 7060



Trip Blips 13, 09 June 2012.

Another rainy day in Melbourne, but much wetter today unfortunately; but Sunday is supposed to have a nicer forecast, if it stays that way, oh you know Melbourne Weather.

In the essence of Trip Blip, I’ll let the pictures do the talking, and reduce the amount I have to write more on this phone’s touchscreen, and keep analysis for “Trip Blops”.

Today I first visited Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio on Chapel Street in South Yarra, picked up a Mango, Milk Chocolate, Ginger Cake for $9, portion size is huge compared to Chez Dré, and a packet of White Chocolate Rubble with freeze-dried strawberries and mint which is about 150g for $11. Oh and that “Where Science meets Sweetness.” sign on the wall, oorrrrhhhh made me all warm and gooey inside.

After B&P, I hoped over to LuxBite on Toorak Road. There I had as my first bite of the day, their weekly special Ciabatta of the Day for $12. Since I forgot to take a photo, I’ll describe this mouthgasm of a sandwich; crispy freshly toasted and buttered ciabatta, pulled pork, mildly spiced miso mayo, shredded Chinese cabbage, chopped pickled carrot, and sliced spring onion. With a filling to bread volume ratio of 1.5:1; hot, crisp made to order bread, I stopped caring that it costs double your average retail sandwich after the first bite, it’s that good!
I chose a Caramel Craving to have there at LuxBite for $7.50, then picked up an Endless Love for $8.50 to drag back to my lair to nibble on. The Endless Love clearly labelled as inspired by Pierre Hermé’s Ispahan, which is rose, lychee, and raspberry flavour pairing.

Since the gloomy weather discouraged any attempts to roam the Royal Botanic Gardens, it’s off to Smith Street to check out some bakeries there. Only one caught my eye enough to enter, Pastry Art Design; besides drowning their products in icing sugar, their viennoiserie section looked good; entremets and tarts a little clumsy, but “flavour-aroma first, texture second” is my modus operandi. I picked up a large Pain au Chocolat for $3.50 and large Almond Croissant for $3.90 from a bored-looking sales assistant. Their almond croissant is better at 5 pm when I eventually tucked into it than that sad sack of shit effort from The French Quarter in the morning, their chocolate croissant… meh.

Apparently I own a shop on Smith Street, it’s a butcher shop.

After getting lost trying to get to Babka Bakery on Brunswick Street, I ended up in Edinburgh Gardens [Reserve]. It was a little unsettling at first being so quiet in suburbia after half a week in the inner metro, even the city gardens and parks are surrounded with the drone of traffic, the constant swish of car tyres in the rain, the squeal and rumbling of trams. I could still see the skyscrapers less than five kilometres away, but it’s quiet.

Babka Bakery, I don’t know, it seems people go there for coffee and the heater rather than the cakes, hmm…

After Burch & Purchese, LuxBite, and le Petit Gateau; that marks the end of my unannounced scouting to must go patisseries in Melbourne. Sugar Dough is tickling my fancy, time permitting; please don’t disappoint me.

That was today so far; time to seek out dinner locally, since everyday I lack any motivation to travel into the CBD for supper. I better end this Trip Blip before the Vietnamese, Italian, or Malaysian restaurant I was thinking of checking out close. Heaven forbid I have to crawl back to Nando on Victoria Street, 500 metres south south east of the hostel; I might rather go hungry than go into my first McDonalds in over six years if the chicken place closes too.

Edited: 09 June 2012, AEST 2245. Typos and grammar.

Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio; South Yarra

Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio

647 Chapel Street

South Yarra

explosive raspberry milk chocolate // coconut, passionfruit, ginger & mint // smoked white chocolate, aniseed & coffee

Always making for such a gorgeous treat, that popcorn honeycomb chocolate rubble is the wicked little tack on to my purchases. Those cakes, each one always an absolute pleasure.

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