Sunday afternoons are the favourite part of my weekend, especially on these perfect, autumn afternoons. I’ve had a chance to shake off the work week, indulged in a sleep-in and now I’m antsy to get out and delay the impending Monday blues by heading out for a lazy catch up. So, with two of our favourite friends in tow, we make our way to Chez Sun, upon the recommendation of a fellow foodie blogger.
Now you could be forgiven for thinking that the corner of Oxford and Crown Street, Darlinghurst doesn’t come to life until 10pm, but Chez Sun is the oasis in the chaos and noise of the bustling Oxford Street. When you arrive though, be sure to make your way up the stairs to dine in a stylish and cosy haven.
We take a seat, and today, after a feastful weekend, we are here for the coffee, tea and oh-so-melt-in-your-mouth desserts. We choose from the variety on the menu ordering a coffee with milk, Earl Grey tea, cold pressed juice, and iced tea.
The coffee with milk is an exciting change from the regular long black. The espresso is served in a test tube, with a perfect crema on top. A miniature milk bottle, holds a portion of steamed milk to be blended to your liking with the coffee. The coffee cup holds boiling water so that you can dilute the espresso to as light, or as strong, as you prefer. We go half way, and dilute half the with water and enjoy the sweetness of the milk. The coffee is strong and bold, and depending how strong you have, it has notes of berry and citrus.
Now, while simple, the Earl Grey tea is a delight. Served as a loose leaf tea in a glass teapot it comes with an egg-timer to ensure you get a perfectly steeped brew. Served with a delicate porcelain tea cup, the Earl Grey is instantly aromatic with the distinctive notes of bergamot orange and a robust, black tea.
We order a Lady Darling cold-pressed juice with its fresh and vibrant pink hue extracted from the beetroot, watermelon and pink grapefruit. The beetroot flavour is the most prominent, but as the liquid leaves your palate the tanginess from the grapefruit and sweetness from the watermelon linger. A perfectly refreshing drink.
We also try the Misty Morning iced tea from the selection. It’s a jasmine, honey and lychee concoction and wonderfully unsweet, save the whole lychee floating in the pretty, green-coloured jasmine tea. This drink is subtle and delicate in its flavour, which refreshes and cleanses the palate. It is the perfect accompaniment for the desserts that are about to find their way into our mouths!
We start with the Tropical Crown, a beautifully presented passionfruit mousse encased in a bright yellow white chocolate crown. The light mousse gives way to various layers of passionfruit, pineapple and cream, and finally to a delicious crunchy, toasty base.
We wrap things up with a Mocha Log, a decadent, layered dessert of various coffee and chocolate flavours. All this deliciousness was served on top of a crunchy base, that tasted oh-so-much like those chocolate crackles that made up so many of my childhood parties!
What an excellent distraction… is tomorrow really Monday? Surely not! For now, I’ll just keep indulging in my dessert really, really slowly, hopefully stopping time all together… I think desserts can do that, right?!