It is one of those years where two members on a family reach a major birthday within weeks of each other. So, my sister-in-law, a talented interior architect living in Perth since mooing from Scotland to Australia in the 80s, decided to celebrate in style and book the entire room at Rochelle Adonis for a very special High Tea, and invited members of the family and close friends to share the delightful creations of Rochelle, a two course affair with a palate cleanser in between and Champagne a gogo!
Rochelle is a true perfectionist, a French Canadian born in Montreal, she has honed her skills in various parts of the World including London and Vienna and in 1998, Rochelle focused on restaurant work, landing the role of pastry sous chef at Sydney’s 41 with Dietmar Sawyere, before moving to Moran’s as head pastry chef, the early Potts Point eatery of Matt Moran. Rochelle flourished working at this unique establishment that was one part fine dining and one part cult cafe, as she had the freedom to create fine plated desserts as well as gorgeous cakes, tarts and ice creams. It was the perfect stepping stone to working with Matt as head pastry chef when he opened his celebrated Circular Quay restaurant, Aria. Until 2001 when she moved to Perth and slowly built a reputation there to the point where she decided to go full speed ahead and started this current business in 2008. As they say, the rest is history...
The decor, the lighting, the vintage crockery collected over the years create a sense of casual luxury, a place where you fill immediately at ease, this feeling being reinforced by the relaxed professionalism of the crew. And all this before you even look at the food...
Everything was sublimely executed, the flavours immense and the presentation impeccable...and I particularly enjoyed the cucumber sandwich - out of this world, really - the carrot soup and the ham hock terrine for the savoury course, and the meringue and the caramelised nougat tart.
Rochelle also makes cakes for other pastry shops and her lemon tart is famous all around Perth and beyond. Although it was not on our menu, Rochelle managed to create a few of them specially for us!
And they are up here with the best I had anywhere in the World! So rush there for your next event!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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