Saturday, August 13, 2011

Luxe Bites - (Melbourne)

  I have never heard of Luxe Bites before I had left Melbourne around 2 & 1/2 years ago.    It is found directly opposite one of my favourite French Bistro’s called France Soir -  so I take it and assume it must be a new thing to hit the city.   Coming by this Asian owners run dessert shop and mostly Asian chefs doing the baking,   this shop reminds me that ideals are not always equivalent to final results or reality.    I caught glimpses of hope in their recipes and creativities,  but may I suggest that it is on the executional side where they really need to catch up first!   Having mentioned all that,  I did thoroughly enjoyed this shop’s produce but wished it had  brought more carefulness into its recipes and execution, also presentation in the end.   It felt almost like it was slightly amateurish,  but might well become one of the next rising stars in Melbourne  if they care to improve.    Right now,  it does have potential but isn’t really up to the level that is to be expected,  from the best of the best dessert shops in the world…



Found on the edge of the prestigious suburb,
about 10 minutes from the city or 5 minutes from Kew. 



Creative Cake Selections -
The Apple iTart really caught my attention,  read the description !  
I was really keen on trying this and other items out,  but at AUD$7.50 each,  I’ll feel like a retard if I ordered one.   Way over priced versus the price…  !



My 5 Macaron Choices -
Peanut Butter and Jelly (Great),  Rose and Lychee (Laduree/Pierre Herme style),  2 x Salted Caramel,  as well as a Malaysian styled Kaya Toast



Macaron Selections -
Pretty quirky stuff compared to MOST other shops, 
in fact some of these were the first that I’ve ever seen.
It is fairly creative,  but at the end of the day, 
the execution is what sorts the wheat from the chaff…  Smile



4 of the 6 Macarons,
To be packed in boxes



Take Away packaging -
A little rough,  although very Aussie !



Rose Petal with Lychee Macaron gerbet,
and Peanut Butter and Jelly -
The texture was a little too dense & chewy across the board for my PERSONAL LIKING rather than being light as a snack, and each macaron were of a slightly different size, which is understandable what anyone who has piped and baked macarons themselves.  The macaron footing was of a great proportion regardless.   The Rose Lychee macaron has a bit too jelly-like filling and not carrying enough Rose petal fragrance.   We especially liked the Peanut Butter and Jelly, also the Malaysian styled Kaya Toast macaron the best, a new novelty.  The Salted Caramel with a pretty hard refrigerated buttercream was nice, rather than exemplatory.  Overall it was definitely more than a pass in result!   ~   7/10

Price: AUD $12.50 per person
Food: ♕♕♕ 3/4

Opening Hours:
Wed – Mon       8 am - 8pm

Address: 38 Toorak Road, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Ph: (03) 9867 5888

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