Following pastry chefs on IG is lethal. Ever since I started following Bernard from Luxbite (@luxbitebern), I’ve been a fan of his flavour combinations because they have an Asian take to them, which I try to incoporate in my kitchen. So, obviously I wanted to pay a visit to his stores and fangirl (which I really managed to do =D yay!)
They recently opened TbyLuxbite which specialises in tarts, and better yet, it’s located in the CBD! And guess what! I share a birthday with its opening =D haha. Since it was in CBD, we paid a visit to there first.
This time it was easy to decide, but only because we passed by it the day before and already decided haha.
Calamansi piqued my interest because of the unusual flavour profile. I mean, chilli salt and longan? Where else are you going to find that?! This was the more refreshing one of the two, and it was nice but I was expecting some more acidity given its description. I loved the jackfruit pieces, but the chilli salt and lime sherbet got a bit lost. The tart base was amazing, but the meringue that day was a bit grainy.
Kuma was the favourite of the day. It was absolutely amazing. Strawberry and banana, with chocolate? Perfect! I never really pair these together and it was a welcomed surprise. The strawberry cut through the creaminess of the banana and the sweetness of the chocolate components throughout the tart. The milkshake mousse got a bit cloying but that’s just my own personal preference for less creamy goods. The textures were just amazing, and I can’t really say anything else but GO GET THIS NOW! The 1 million calories was worth it.
When we headed to Brighton Beach, we also paid the original Luxbite store a visit. It’s a nice bright interior, and the service staff were all very nice. We bumped into Bernard again so I got to have a small chat with him before he headed off, and I saw @32fung there too (yes, I follow him on IG too hehe).
I had my eyes on the green tea cheesecake which was amazing. I’m a huge fan of the sweet-salty combinations in desserts, and different textures. This was spot on in both components. I was savouring it until the very last mouthful. The only thing is that the green tea isn’t hugely apparent, masked somewhat by the cream cheese, but it was all a very balanced entrenment.
DT chose the meringue monster. Upon slicing it in half, I saw that it’s a joconde base topped with the yoghurt mousse. I loved how the yoghurt mousse had that sour edge to it because it definitely cuts through the sweetness. I actually don’t like meringue because it’s way too sweet for me, but it was a lot smoother than the calamansi tart. I would’ve liked something to break up the mousse though, like a jelly of some sort or some more sponge in the middle. I personally don’t like plain mousse cakes because of that.
Bernard kindly gave us 2 free macarons! I guess it really does pay to stalk him =P haha just kidding. We got the black sesame and the pandan coconut. I don’t like macarons much, but the pandan was my favourite of the 2 with a robust pandan flavour.
And to really make it like we were stalking the Luxbite team, we spotted them at the Design Fair held at the Royal Exhibition Centre on another day. Not that my sugar levels could be spiked any further, we bought the picnic tart. This was literally a picnic bar in tart form, and I love picnic bars! The tart base was perfect, just like the others from TbyLuxbite. There was a bit too much cream for my personal preference. The choux pastry was so good which made me jealous that my choux pastry isn’t that good! haha. It was filled with a creme patissiere and glazed with a nicely caramelised toffee. This had a really good sweet-salty balance to it too, and the textures were great! I think TbyLuxbite will be on my list whenever I go to Melbourne now =P
And so ends my Luxbite-stalking. I wish we were still in Melbourne for their x’mas specials because the Gingy tart sounded amazing! Still glad I got to taste the cakes, and see Bernard and Yen though!
Thanks for reading! ^^