When it comes to high tea we sometimes can't help but picture old ladies in fascinators and long white gloves picking at their bite sized sandwiches and scones. Normally the hype and experience of high tea overshadows the quality of the food, leaving you feeling hungry and underwhelmed.
Upon visiting Fancy Nance, the new contemporary high tea salon in South Yarra created by Adrian Zumbo, we were not sure whether the hype would exceed the quality. It is no doubt that Zumbo has created a name for himself when it comes to desserts though so we were excited to see whether the traditional concept of high tea could be transformed into a contemporary experience.
Unusually, Zumbo has started his menus with desserts first before the savoury options; we know where his priorities lie and we are certainly not complaining! In all honesty his presentation and creativity is faultless. The first dessert was called ‘Strawberries and Cream’ which was a clever twist on the famous profiteroles. A strawberry flavoured puff of light choux pastry that melted in your mouth with a sweet strawberry cream-filled center.
The second dessert was a delicious rhubarb crumble with custard; faultless again. The third and fourth desserts were a banana bread and butter pudding with vanilla foam and a chocolate and apricot tart respectively, both of which had exceptional flavour. All of these desserts were exactly what you would expect from Zumbo, delicious and innovative spins on classic combinations.
We then received our savoury menu which featured a delicious bite sized pea and basil quiche, lasagna della Mamma di Lorenzo (picture a crumbed deep fried bite size of lasagna - need we say more) and a potato and leek soup with truffle foam. The soup had perfect texture and was delectable. To our surprise the savoury course after the sweet course actually worked! We left feeling very satisfied and impressed. Perhaps he wants you to go back for more desserts after the savoury dishes... that wouldn't be a crime would it?!
We highly recommend this beautiful dessert bar to all lovers of sweets or anyone who hasn't had a high tea experience. We promise it will not disappoint! Life is short, eat dessert first!
Address: 21 Daly Street, South Yarra, South Yarra & Toorak, Melbourne, VIC
Phone: 1800 858 611
~ Snobsinthecity xoxo