Dessert maestro Pierre Roelofs’ top 5 sweet dishes
Pierre Roelofs has enthralled Melbourne with his avant-garde dessert evenings for six years, always pushing boundaries with eye-popping tubes and unexpected textures.
This summer, Pierre is going casual, turning vanilla soft serve into the stuff of sugar addict dreams at Pierre’s. His weekend pop up at Green Park Dining on the bike path in Carlton North is the first step towards a more permanent home for Pierre, who’s working with Jesse Gerner (Anada, Green Park Dining, Bomba Bar) and the Bomba crew, Kelly O’Loghlen, Shane Barrett and Andrew Fish. Stay tuned for news on a venue and theme.
As one of Australia’s most creative sugar hounds, Pierre knows what it takes to make beautiful sweet stuff, so Five of the Best asked him for his five favourite desserts in Melbourne. This is what he said…
312 Drummond St, Carlton, 9347 3312
Lime posset, green apple sorbet, white chocolate, dill and matcha – a dish that’s thoughtful, refined, delicate and delicious.
103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, 9077 0451
I’ve been spending a lot of time with the Bomba guys of late and their Orange and Vermouth Sorbet (pictured top) is a great palette cleansing dish.
14 Claremont St, South Yarra, 1800 858 611
Ed, where are you? is the name of this dish, which has a great balance of contrasting textures and flavours. Clever technique. Not too heavy or sweet.
120 Nicholson St, Brunswick East, 9380 4062
Milkwood’s owner Alex Paterson is a great cook and an even more amazing baker. Her cakes, slices and biscuits just keep getting better and better. My favourite is the Persian Love Cake.
169 Union Rd, Ascot Vale, 9372 7566
Union Food & Wine makes this really well-balanced dessert – soft chocolate with poached pear, salted caramel ice cream and walnut crumble. It’s rich and satisfying, without going too far. Perfect portion size too, it left me wanting more.
Pierre Roelofs’ pop-up soft servery Pierre’s runs from noon to 6pm every Saturday and Sunday (weather dependant) at Green Park Dining, 815 Nicholson St, Carlton North.