New Cake on the Block – Patisserie Jin

10 Feb

Jin Patisserie cake display

Sugar deprived Adelaideans rejoice! There is a new patisserie in town. Jin rolled out the welcome mat in Malvern late last year and has since created a small buzz amongst local diners.

This is music to the ears of Adelaide eaters who have frequently bemoaned the lack of all-day dessert eateries in the city and surrounding suburbs. What’s great about this place is that they keep their doors opened at night (mon – wed till 9pm, thurs – sat till late, closed sun)

Strategically situated beside an open car park, one enters the small-ish shop and is immediately greeted by a gleaming display counter shielding an array of gem-like cakes. Very pretty. Individual cakes go for $7.50 a pop with slightly larger gateaux ranging around the $20 to $40 mark. On the higher side of the dollar given the cake sizes.

Our table sampled the Red Wine Mousse Cake, Peach Mousse Cake, Sweet Potato Cake and the Strawberry Mousse Cake (lotsa mousse action here guys). Across the board, everything palated quite well and the flavours of each item was rather pleasing. Unfortunately, the mousse cakes were quite firm and almost “jelly-like” (heavy-handed on the gelatine perhaps). If that can be rectified, then you can bet your dolly’s uncle we’ve got a good one here. Surprisingly, the sweet potato cake was the favorite for the night – soft, creamy, easy. They’ve also got a mighty beverage list (think affogato and pineappleade) – liquid desserts. Additionally, I spied chocolate fondants, crepes, churros and tarte tatins dotting surrounding tables.

All in all, a “desserterie” with potential. I get the feeling that they’re still working out the kinks, but if that goes well, then we’ve found ourselves a a very likeable sweet spot.

Rating: 13/20 (Fair)

Patisserie Jin, 241 Unley Rd, Malvern 5061 SA

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3 Responses to “New Cake on the Block – Patisserie Jin”

  1. Jane February 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    Woooo Hiiii!! Excited to see ur future posts ^__^

  2. yumalicious food August 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    Thank you for the terrible customer service I received last night at Patisserie Jin. Although I may have been using a jumponit voucher I don’t believe that means you can then treat customers with such a rude and inappropriate attitude. Just to warn other possible jumponit users that you don’t have a choice of desserts as I would think a crème brulee is classified a dessert yet they didn’t want to honour that. They’re arguments were that the crème brulee is too expensive (price is $13.50 which is $1.50 more than other desserts) and the total value should equate to $34 value (even though they said you could have 2 other desserts at $12 each and 2 drinks at $6.50 each it still goes over the $34 value). Also be warned that if they’re not happy with you then they will speak to each other in another language so you can’t understand but you definitely know it’s about you. Another warning which I’m sure other people would have experienced is that you can’t use the voucher unless you make a booking and the catch is, you can only make bookings for Monday to Wednesday. Maybe they could have written that on the conditions of the voucher? Just a thought. But still be prepared to hear an earful if you do call and make a booking and when you get there they accuse you of not making a booking. I guess you can understand they’re frustration as they are so busy with empty tables on a Tuesday night.

    A final thank you to the lady who swore the “F” word whilst we were walking out the door. The professionalism as you can see is of a very low standard here.

    • Talking With Your Mouth Full August 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

      gosh yumalicious..that sounds terrible. but I can’t say I’m surprised, jumponit and other similar vouchers have a way of making businesses act negatively (i have had my fair share of frustrations with these vouchers). And having worked in a place for a while that used these vouchers, I got an insiders look into the bit tilly that it causes. Often a big wave of patrons sign up for it causing the business to go into panic mode, which causes the business to suddenly make alterations just to cope with the large response. It has a big snowball effect, and the customers pay for it unfortunately. Just a tip, if you are deeply dissatisfied with your service (within proper reason) – call up jumponit (etc) and make a complain. I did so (because I received poor treatment at a particular establishment) and managed to get a credit refund (in credit points). 🙂 It’s a bit of a gamble with these don’t expect the same quality/service when purchasing vouchers -TWYMF

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