Portofino Pasticceria e Caffé, Port Melbourne


It towers – like the apartment block above the shop – and is intimidating to look at, but the striped Vanilla Slice from Portofino has all the right elements. This is a substantial concoction to appease the ravenous sweet tooth. Individually, the three layers are potently rich, but eaten as one mouthful the combination strikes the right balance. The pastry, a thin delicately layered Puff, is a suitably architectural frame for the custard. Pale, rich and smooth, it has a melt in the mouth urbanity. The icing is thick but soft enough to cut through cleanly with a fork. Too tall to eat with the hands, the necessary cake fork came through cleanly, without bringing down the house like a ton of bricks. Eat a bit and run around the block. Repeat until finished.

¦ Icing ♥♥♥½¦ Pastry ♥♥½ ¦ Custard ♥♥♥½ ¦ Degree of difficulty ♥♥♥♥¦ 14.5/20

Portofino Pasticceria  63 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, Vic. Australia. Ph +613 9681 8699


~ by Polly Math on December 14, 2007.

5 Responses to “Portofino Pasticceria e Caffé, Port Melbourne”

  1. I can’t believe I stumbled across this blog in the week I’ve been craving vanilla slices. Simply fabulous!

  2. Really enjoy your reviews! Hope to see a recent one soon. Will be putting you on RSS 🙂

  3. Thanks Truffle & Marina for your support. There’s two new posts coming up in the next 24 hours.

  4. That looks amazing! For more check out BlueMarbleBounty.com

  5. […] (above photo by Vanilla Slice Blog) […]

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