‘Let’s Do Dessert’ #3:
Bishop Sessa, Surry Hills

Visited on the 9th of October 2013.

For those of you who aren’t aware, it’s Good Food Month this October in Sydney. So what does this mean for us? We get to enjoy an array of culinary festivities, events and experiences popping up around town for people of all ages to enjoy.

One of these events is called “Let’s Do Dessert” where 23 different venues inclusive of Flying Fish, Baroque, Ocean Room and The Woods are offering a special dessert just for the month of October!

Read let’s do dessert #1 (Shangri-la) here
Read let’s do dessert #2 (Opera Bar) here

Prior to reading about the restaurants participating in ‘let’s do dessert’ 2013, I never knew that Bishop Sessa existed. After doing some research and looking through pictures, I decided to head over there for dessert as their dishes and menu appeared quite promising.

We were informed upon arrival that the dessert on offer was very similar 12 hour baked apple terrine on their a la carte dessert menu (regular dessert menu) and we decided to go for this as none of us felt like drinking wine.

Apologies in advance for the terrible photography, there was extremely little lighting at my table.

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12 hour baked apple terrine, peanut madeleine, salted caramel ice cream, soft house made nougat  ($14)

This was the dessert which was similar to the SMH dessert. The apple terrine alone was quite tart and sweet. The salted caramel ice cream had a good flavour & texture (very smooth) and the peanut madeleine was quite light. I can’t say I was a fan of the apple terrine, it just didn’t excite me but I liked the madeleine and ice-cream.

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Poached pear frangipane, coffee cream, candied orange, almond ice cream ($14)

The poached pear was not too sweet and the coffee cream was airy and pleasant. The ice cream on this dish was quite good; nice flavour and texture.

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Chocolate Chip parfait, popcorn ice cream, milk chocolate mousse, marshmallow ($15?)

Individually, I enjoyed every component on this dish (especially the popcorn ice cream!). However, as a whole I found the dish out of balance and too heavy; my friends and I were struggling to finish this one. If there was salvation from something sour or bitter on the plate, this could have been a winner on the evening.

Ambiance: We were situated upstairs where there was only one group of people sitting across the room so the noise levels were low. The area upstairs was dark and intimate (there was more lighting downstairs) and the decor was simple and clean.

Service: Asides from a little miscommunication between the floor staff and management upon arrival, the overall service was quite good.

Finals thoughts:  The desserts my friends and I ordered were heavy. There were some highlights in each dish but overall I thought the desserts needed more balance; some fresh fruit or bitter elements to break & contrast the sweetness would have been great. If you’re looking at this venue for SMH’s ‘let’s do dessert’, unfortunately I’d say this one is a miss.

Bishop Sessa
527 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

Website: http://bishopsessa.com.au/
Direct Link: http://sydney.goodfoodmonth.com/details?deal=12214

Phone: (02) 8065 7223

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