Its Chinese Moon Festival and Chinatown on this Tuesday night is very, very busy. To the left of Cafe Y2K is a cake shop that looks a little different to the numerous cake shops that dot Chinatown. Brown wood panelling and rich chocolate tones surround and whilst most breads look familiar they also have a selection of Portuguese custard tarts and some delicious mango cakes covered in overlapping slices of mango.
I am peckish for some dessert and ever since my first Mont Blanc crepe from Creperie Stivell in Paddington many moons ago (is it still around?) with sweetened chestnut puree and lashings of whipped cream, I've been a chestnut puree devotee, even buying it by the jar and eating it with a spoon.
So it goes without saying that when I see the "Chestnut" cake in the display ($3.95) I mutter "You will be mine!" under my breath. They box it up prettily and I rush back to sink my fork into this baby.
Outside are ribbons of sweetened chestnut puree combed and dusted in icing sugar with half a sweetened chestnut and a chocolate leaf adorning the top. I cut into the cake to reveal a pillowy soft vanilla sponge surrounded by whipped cream with a custard centre. The cake is sitting upon a disc of sweet, very buttery flakey biscuit. It is heavenly and air light-the soft sponge, whipped cream, custard and chestnut puree melting in the mouth. Its gone in 5 blissful forkfuls.
Montagne Bleue Patisserie
45 Dixon Street, Haymarket (to the left of Y2K supercafe which is 43 Dixon St)
For every $10 spent, you receive a free bread.