Fans of Devour Café Patisserie and Third Time Lucky will be thrilled that dessert chef extraordinaire Quang Nguyen has settled his next venture in the heart of the CBD. Shibui Dessert Bar, inspired by the ethos of its name, produces dishes that are simple, timeless, and unobtrusively beautiful.
Its aesthetic is Instagram-worthy - and then some. Consistently attracting a line-up of devoted fans, this is possibly Adelaide’s most beautiful dessert bar.
With an unassuming menu boasting an offering for all tastes, there are season staples on the menu, as well as a rotating listing of guest stars. Currently slotted in beside the likes of the Strawberries and Cream, Mango Pudding and Salted Caramel Fried Ice-cream is special feature: Watermelon, Strawberry and Lychee Eton Mess.
Fresh and comfortingly familiar, but with a Shibui twist, this is set to be a summer favourite and menu MVP.
While so many places seem solely focused on appearance and eye-pleasingly plated meals, Shibui has the depths and flavours to back up the beauty. Where else in Adelaide could you find a perfectly constructed Crème Brulee, so happily situated beside Redskin ice-cream? The latter is a personal favourite; it is mind-blowing how they were able to recreate the chewy confectionary into an alternate form that dentists would be more inclined to approve of.
Also popular is the Matcha Lava Tart that would give Matcha House a run for their money. Beautifully plated and delightfully delectable, this is a matcha-lover’s dream. The perfectly executed house-made pastry encompasses a well-balanced matcha filling, and is surrounded by crumbs, gels and a matcha ice-cream to die for.
Aesthetically-pleasing Shibui Dessert Bar is open Wednesdays to Sundays, and can be found at Shop 2/160 Grote Street Adelaide.