Burch and Purchese, Melbourne

Enter into Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio near Melbourne and you’re entering into ‘a place where you can always expect the unexpected’. Or so say owners Ian Burch and Darren Purchese. And from the looks of things, they’re not lying. Here, science is fused with sweetness to create a multi-sensory experience where tastes and textures are explored and contemporary technologies meet baking traditions.

At any given time, edible bubbles, exaggerated raspberries, or rich smoked chocolate could be on offer. So too are cakes, pastries, tarts, jams, spreads, and curds, like their half chocolate hazelnut spread, half spicy pineapple jam. Or how about their Coconut Ginger Passionfruit Mint concoction made of — among other tasty ingredients — coconut mouse, passionfruit curd, coconut caviar, ginger macarons, and white chocolate spray. How’s that for the unexpected?

About the author

Caitlin spends her days scouring the globe for the world’s coolest food finds. She is the founder of online food pop-culture mag, The Urban Grocer, and is a food writer, blogger, producer, television presenter and supper club chef. She lives between Europe and NY with her husband and their dog, Taco.