On one of our recent days off, Laura and I made an impromptu visit to this cafe after seeing images of their special tennis ball dessert (pictured below) floating around social media.
Tennis Ball Dessert $14.0
Earlier that day, we already went for brunch at a relatively new place called Cafe Lafayette in South Melbourne. And because we don’t really do anything but eat when we’re together, we were already on the prowl for a place to relax and have dessert.
We arrived at the cafe around 2:30pm and were able to get a table right away by the window. Looking around, I was especially surprised at how spacious the interior was. They even had their very own cheese room! Although we didn’t check it out, it still looked quite impressive to peer at through the window.
Pink Grapefruit Juice $6.5
On my Qantas flight back home from L.A. I was served the best version of grapefruit juice in my life. Ever since then I have had an underlying craving for this drink. As I don’t drink coffee, I was pleasantly surprised to see this on the drink menu and ordered it despite Laura’s advice since we were just having dessert here. It was nice but it didn’t live up to the one that I had on my flight. Thus, the search to fulfil my craving continues..
So what is the tennis ball made of exactly? Well it’s actually an outer casing of white chocolate which when broken into, reveals a delicious centre of vanilla mascarpone and raspberry filling. And all on a bed of chocolate soil complete with berries and flowers to give it that extra visual appeal.
Note: this dessert is quite sweet overall so if you don’t have that much of a sweet tooth, may I suggest ordering something else from the menu instead? Moving on, I tried a spoonful of the soil on its own at first and it didn’t taste that great. It was slightly bitter if anything. It was not until I had combined it with the sweetness from the mascarpone and the tartiness from the raspberry centre did the dish start to make sense and come together. Overall it was a really nice dish that I was glad to have come out all the way here to try.
We would’ve loved to have tried out the actual food from the menu if we had the time (and more stomach space). However I am definitely keen to come back and try out their cheese platters someday!
Would recommend the tennis ball dessert to anyone with a sweet tooth! Will be back someday to try their in-house cheese ?
Richmond Hill Café & Larder
48-50 Bridge Road,
Richmond VIC 3121