Last Thursday I was excited to be heading off to South Yarra where LuxBite was celebrating the silly season and the launch of their new website with a Christmas party instore.

LuxBite is a cafe and patisserie that opened in 2010 and since then has well and truly made a mark on the dessert scene in Melbourne. Earlier this year LuxBite made an appearance on Masterchef featuring a Lolly Bag Cake which was created especially for the show. Chef Bernard Chu and business partner Yen Yee are originally from Malaysia and have extensive backgrounds in some of Kuala Lumpur, Sydney and Melbourne’s best kitchens. Bernard and Yen describe their approach to LuxBite as combining ‘French Technique’ with Malaysian flair. I have a sweet tooth and as my mother is from Malaysia and I have visited the country a number of times I was looking forward to sampling their wares!

Yen Yee and Bernard Chu of LuxBite

Yen Yee and Bernard Chu of LuxBite

The famous Lolly Bag Cake from Masterchef

The famous Lolly Bag Cake from Masterchef

The macaron cabinet with many different flavours on offer

The macaron cabinet with many different flavours on offer

 

Upon arrival at LuxBite I was greeted with sweets thrust into my hands and sweet delicacies on show that looked too good to eat! There were stunning cakes spread out on a large table, and special Christmas offerings presented as artworks under raised perspex boxes. The Malaysian background of Bernard and Yen was apparent with Asian flavours and cute Asian styling popping out, throughout the room.

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As I can’t eat nuts there were a number of things I couldn’t sample, but my friend was happy to take up the tasting challenge, and all reports were very positive. The trays of savory food and desserts were quickly demolished by guests as I and others went back for seconds and thirds.

My highlight of the evening was tasting the coloured chocolate box made for the festive season. Each gift box contains a mix of super bright glossy chocolate cubes packed with Asian inspired flavours including Passionfruit and Kaffir Lime, Salted Caramel and my favourite Mandarin Jaffa. In a normal day I’ll happily demolish a family block of chocolate from the supermarket without thinking. Eating chocolates like this though is an experience that must be savored. The chocolates are rich and decadent so having a couple of squares is all you need to be satisfied in a sitting.

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The coloured chocolates- before they all disappeared!

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I had a lovely evening and was grateful for the invitation to experience LuxBite in all its sweet delicious glory.

To contact LuxBite and place your Christmas orders click here

by Angela Menz