In one word: Overpriced
Whilst enjoying a spot of lunch and a beer in Federation Square with friends I noticed on the menu that vanilla slices were actually advertised within the desserts and cakes section. At a whopping $8.50 I was expecting some sexy presentation on a plate; drizzles of coulis, cream or ice cream at least? Nope. Whilst I watched larger cake portions decorated with ice cream and the like being served to other patrons, this poor vanilla slice did not receive the same treatment. Shared amongst the three of us we all had a third, and in a first for my blog, I have some guest reviewers.
"Nice but overpriced, the custard was delicious but disappointed with the pastry" 6/10 - Em
"I really enjoyed the custard inside, it was nicely chilled, was messy to eat but worth it" 7/10 - Lynsey
This 'break-the-bank' vanilla slice was not even fresh. The pastry was soggy and hellish to cut into portions with a knife. The hero was the sweet, fluffy, chilled vanilla custard. It really did taste of vanilla, but essence was clearly used as there were no speckles through the filling. I really enjoyed the sticky icing too, spread thinly and a lovely glossy appearance.
I suggest that Time Out differentiate their dessert menu a little better; perhaps price bigger and smaller cakes at different prices. At the very least, make more of an effort with the freshness of their cakes and present them on a plate showing some care and artistry. For $8.50 we all felt a little cheated.