Finding ourselves at The InterContinental for Sugar Hit was rather accidental. We had actually made a reservation for Radisson but turned up at the wrong one. Yes, there are two Radisson hotels in Sydney – Radisson Plaza and Radisson Suites – and of course we turned up at the one where Bilson’s is and where Sugar Hit was not being served! You’ve been warned.
Radisson staff lightly let us know we were not at the correct hotel, trying to preserve our pride and minimise embarrassment. Once outside we decide to cancel our reservation as we would have been terribly late plus we would have had to play the finding-a-parking-spot game all over again. So we take a short stroll over to The InterContinental instead, and find quite a few people enjoying Sugar Hits already. As in years past, the hotel is a popular choice for Sugar Hit goers. The dessert plates are brought out in no time and feature the multi-component Sugar Hits for which InterContinental has become known. Monsieur Poisson’s request to have the paired Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora swapped for a coffee are turned down, so he orders a caffe latte afterwards instead.
A white rectangular plate is the canvas for ‘Homemade amarena cherry triple-chocolate gâteau with orange homeycomb and Baileys macaroons [sic]’. I always like to taste individual components before trying them together for different taste sensations. A word of advice: do not try one of these cherries on its own unless you enjoy the flavour of cherry-flavoured cough medicine. I bit enthusiastically into one and childhood memories of being bedridden came rushing back at me in full force! However when a small bite of cherry is eaten in conjunction with a mouthful of the six-layer Zumbo-esque gâteau – cream, fudge, dense cake and gelée layers – the result is akin to a luxurious black forest cake topped with slightly sticky pieces of bubbly honeycomb.
And don’t forget the Baileys macaron perched on its side sitting on a splodge of chocolate ganache. Its discs are soft and chewy with a light creamy centre. This Sugar Hit definitely doesn’t disappoint and is the best of the ones we have tried thus far.
117 Macquarie St (entrance cnr of Bridge St & Phillip St), Sydney NSW
Tel: (02) 9240 1396