Short post today. At least this form of procrastination hopefully gets my literacy skills up. I'll need it because my spelling is gradually becoming worse. Seriously. I think I'm just too used to marking incorrect writing that I've accepted it as the norm. My kids have just finished their Hsc and what better way to celebrate then with something that gets them away from their usual appalling diet of Mcdonald's happy meals. Universal is located right across Lucio's Pizzeria on the courtyard and is a convienient walk away for a quick drink or to satisfy the occasional sweet tooth.
But the looks of things, they're used to accepting walk-ins for dessert as we were placed in a rather spacious area in the bar. A dark neon orange glow shines out from the restaurant and from there it draws you in with it's sophisticated allure. This restaurant evidently draws in the middle-aged wealthy but you do spot some others amongst the crowd and even my kids had a fun time perusing through the unusual names of the drinks.
|Little Miss Sunshine 19|
Little Miss Sunshine is an undeniably pretty looking dish. The flavour combinations were outstanding highlighted by the especially strong hit of passionfruit.
|Lady Marmalade 19|
A remarkably smooth mousse is topped with a shiny piece of tempered chocolate but it was the textural contrast the tuile in between the mousse and cake gave that I really enjoyed. The piquant acidity of the blood oranges provides a very welcome counterpoint to all the heavy richness and overall a very well executed dish.
|Gaytime Goes Nuts|
It's strength lies in the way it remolds an Australian classic into an even richer form of decadence. Flawlessly churned caramel ice cream is wrapped around in a crispy chocolate- toffee collar topped with roasted hazelnuts in a salted caramel sauce all on a bed of honeycomb crumbs. Oddly it doesn't feel sickening at all and each spoonful becomes increasingly addictive.
Christine Manfield is being widely known for eccentric and diverse cooking as much as she is known for her desserts. She's been all over the world and the startling flavour combinations are astounding. With that said, I can't not be a little curious about what the savoury menu has to offer and with the very pleasing promise of the desserts at the end, I'll be back soon enough.
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