I first tried a cake from Burch & Purchese at a friend’s birthday party last year and immediately fell in love with it – to say the desserts here are delicious is an understatement and does not justify their amazingness. Burch & Purchese is located on Chapel Street, a little further away from the most crowded area of the precinct, but just several minutes walk away from South Yarra Station. Chapel Street is known for its shopping and dining, and Burch & Purchese is definitely one of the places there that you’d want to go to try out. The cakes here also vary and change from time to time, so you might come back and find some of the cakes that you’ve tried not on sale anymore. Burch & Purchese also takes orders for special occasions such as weddings and birthdays, and it’s definitely in the list of top places that sell the best cakes I’ve ever tried. Reflecting on it now, taking my cousins there for desserts as part of the Melbourne tour was one of the best decisions I’ve made. So proud of myself.
– General Review –
- Service: 6.8/10
Service wasn’t bad per se but the staff wasn’t initiative at all in terms of asking what kinds of cakes we were looking for, or if we needed any suggestions etc. The staff wasn’t rude but wasn’t exactly friendly either – just really passive. She was at least thoughtful enough to bring us more spoons since she knew we were sharing the cakes.
- Servicescape: 7/10
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore all the brightly-decorated store and cute cake presentations, but I thought Burch & Purchese has plenty of room for improvement for its “dine-in” customers. I understand if most of their customers don’t eat the dessert in the store and I believe there are plenty of orders for special occasions, or customers take their desserts to eat elsewhere. You can also argue that store environment and comfort don’t mean much as long as the food is good, especially for those who don’t value servicescape as much. True, but I’ve seen many other dessert places that sell beautiful and delicious cakes but also only provide a small dining area for customers, but they’re a lot better than the one here. There was only a maximum of five small circular tables provided outside with several stools around them. As much as I love the cakes, I’d prefer it if I could sit somewhere away from the wind and rain and sit back comfortably while I enjoy my dessert. If customers stay longer in the store, they may potentially buy more stuff too, no?
- Non-smoking area: All seats are located outside of the store.
- Vegetarian dishes: I don’t remember finding meat in any of these cakes… 🙂 Some desserts are gluten, nut, or dairy-free though!
- Price range: $$ (AU$9 for individual cake pieces. You can find a complete list of prices for Burch & Purchese’s whole cakes on its website.)
Overall Rating: 8.9/10
– Food Experience –
(Photo courtesy of my cousin, Jessica. Credit goes to her!)
1) Caramel, Chocolate & Hazelnut Choux:
Where to begin? Well, all of the cakes that we bought were unquestionably delicious and amazing. The choux was a little hard and messy to eat with a fork, especially when we were sharing it, but the struggle was worth it. The salted caramel, hazelnut and chocolate cream filling inside was moist and wasn’t very sweet, and the pastry was crunchy but not crumbly. You could really taste the dark chocolate and hazelnut decorated at the top of the choux bun! The verdict? Absolutely delightful and a must-try!
2) Gold Salted Caramel Tart:
The Gold Salted Caramel Tart has got to be my favorite from Burch & Purchese so far, and I feel so lucky that we were able to get it on a weekday when it wasn’t supposed to be available. The tart was just so elegant and gorgeous – and look at the gold sprinkles! – that I just had to try it. The chocolate pastry shell was also brushed in gold, easy to cut, and was really delicious. The caramel was perfectly melted, had the right consistency, made little mess, and possessed an excellent balance of sweet and saltiness. One of the finest desserts I’ve ever tried, and best salted caramel tart ever. Try it!
3) Chocolate, Caramel, Peanut Butter, Raspberry:
This was one of the cakes that incorporated both sweet and sour elements into a single dish. It was made up of several different layers but the theme was undoubtedly raspberry – raspberry jelly, raspberry jam and raspberry compote. Nonetheless, I could still taste the peanut butter and chocolate flavors since they were distinct to the sweet-and-sour raspberry components. What I liked about this cake was the dynamic flavors and textures you could savor from a single dessert. The Chocolate, Caramel, Peanut Butter, Raspberry also had chocolate mousse in it! Personally, I thought the raspberry was a little overwhelming and overshadowed the other ingredients, but still a great dessert!
Contact number: +61 3 9827 7060
Website: Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio
Operating hours: Mon – Sun: 10am – 6.30pm
Posted by: V