How was it?
So, I haven't made a huge effort with the Sydney International Food Festival (SIFF) this year, I could list a number of excuses, but none of them would really suffice, but hey, there's always next year :) Anyway, I finally made it to my first sugar hit last night - yay!
After dinner with some lovely ladies - Karen, Lili, Lisa, Leona and Steph - we all decided that a sugar hit at Perama would be a fine way to top off the evening. The only problem was that the sugar hit at Perama was running from 10pm - midnight, and it was only 8.30pm at this point. So we called up and they were lovely enough to squeeze us in - thank you :)
We ordered a few sugar hits and then a few extra dessert items to share. The sugar hit consists of a taste of four of Perama's desserts and also comes with your choice of beverage (tea, coffee, Greek coffee or Patras Muscat dessert wine) and shortbreads. I didn't manage to try any of the shortbreads, but I do recall some girls moaning at the aromas coming from those little treats!
Sugar Hit Platter
The first two items on the platter (pictured above) were the Yiouzlemedes and the 'Triflaki'. The Yiouzlemedes is a fried pastry with manouri cheese filling - 'a dessert from Lesbos', it was served with poached quince and a quince syrup. I really liked the pieces of poached quince sprawled across the top of the pastry, they were lovely but not too sweet. I thought the cheese was a little bit too cheesy for my liking, so it's definitely for the cheese lovers!
The 'Triflaki' was a created especially for this weeks sugar hit. It is a layered ice cream trifle of vanilla buffalo milk gelato, tsoureki (Greek brioche) soaked in sour cherry syrup and chocolate buffalo milk gelato!! Chef David Tsirekas collaborated with the owners of Gelatomassi to create this beauty. And oh, it was to-die-for. I loved the different textures in the layers, the sour cherry was beautifully sandwiched in and the gelato was delicious. Absolutely loved it!
Poached Pears in Spiced Red Wine Syrup, Dried Fig Karithopita
The poached pears were a tad too tender for my liking. I remember a larger portion at our infamous Perama feast to end all feasts, and I thought that was amazingly soft. The dried fig karithopita is a walnut and semolina cake soaked in honeyed sugar syrup. The cake was really interesting, the smooth cream in the middle offsetted the sweetness of the walnut and semolina cake. It was definitely a crowd pleaser and the only problem was that it wasn't big enough! Hehe.
We also ordered a few desserts a-la-carte to share, and to everyone's surprise this amazing looking mystery platter arrived!
We weren't sure what it was, but I can tell you that if there's such a thing as a food orgasm, this particular dessert could certainly induce it! It was amazing! Imagine two rich chocolate cookies with peanut butter ice cream wedged in between them. Awesome, no? Every part of this dessert was to-die-for. The chocolate cookie/biscuit was rich, crumbly, but not too crumbly and the peanut butter ice cream was lovely and creamy. Simply amazing. I could go on and on about it... but I'll stop now!
The caramel baklava ice cream was delicious, as expected. Love the sweet combination. The passionfruit bougasta was huge and decorated with a swirl of icing sugar on top - pretty! On our two previous trips to Perama, we tried the mandarin bougastas. The passionfruit bougasta was deliciously sweet and a little bit tangy, but I thought that it didn't have that wow factor that the mandarin one had. But don't get me wrong, I'd never refuse a bougasta regardless of filling! :) Karen said that she could just have caramel baklava and the bougasta and she'd die a happy woman. I believe her.
The sugar hit at Perama was great value. The service is always friendly, not to mention the wonderfully creative and delicious desserts! So, you still have a few days til the end of October, so I'd definitely recommend squeezing in a sugar hit at Perama, the diet can wait til Monday ;)
Perama Greek Restaurant,
88 Audley St,
Petersham NSW 2049
Tel: (02) 9569 7534
P.s. Thank you to the girls for a lovely evening. And to Lili - I hope you have the most awesome time overseas, can't wait to hear all about your adventures! Eat lots and be happy :) Love AB xx