Sugar Hits are coming to an end for another year and this year has been my most prolific effort in sampling what’s on offer. With the previous record being eight Sugar Hits, this year has seen that tally rise to ten which I doubt that Monsieur Poisson and I are ever likely to achieve again.
That is, unless some unplanned outing occurs this weekend…
An impromptu visit to Guylian Café, post-birthday dinner for Idol, leads us to Sugar Hit #9. Their ‘Grand Forest’ is described as a “chocolate cake layered with Grand Marnier strawberries, kirsch dark cherries and crème patisserie”.
The cake is perched on its side and balanced on a salted gingery piece of shortbread via a small amount of chocolate ganache. Surrounded by cocoa-dusted walnut ‘rocks’, there is also a square of strawberry chocolate and a chocolate ‘twig’. We don’t notice any cherries within the cake but do come across quite a few strawberry pieces which are thankfully only soft but not squishy from being flavoured with Grand Marnier. The accompanying glass of Brown Brothers Cienna & Cabernet helps to enhance the berry flavours.
Monsieur Poisson also orders a dark hot chocolate for $7, which provides roughly two cups’ worth in a stainless steel jug and a Guylian seashell to pour over and melt into the drink.
Number One Wine Bar
Sugar Hit #10 was enjoyed at Tony Bilson’s Number One Wine Bar. Surrounded by French touches to the interior and songs sung and performed live by a piano player provided a most relaxing touch to a Saturday night.
The crème caramel is quite sweet with its golden caramel sauce but it works surprisingly well with the strawberry champagne jelly alongside. Caramel, tart berries and light jelly are not what spring to mind when I think of complementary flavours but it most definitely works. The crème caramel is beautifully silken without being overly rich and puts to shame the oddly textured panna cottas of other Sugar Hits to shame.
There are two nights remaining to enjoy some Sugar Hit fun. It’s either now or you’ll have to wait until October next year!
91 George St (cnr Argyle St), The Rocks, Sydney NSW
Tel: (02) 8274 7500
Goldfield’s House, 1 Alfred St, Sydney NSW
Tel: (02) 8252 9296
*EDIT*: As at October 2011, Number One Wine Bar has gone into voluntary administration and is no longer open for business.