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LuxBite

A hedonistic, hyped sugar land, bypass the macarons but not the cake-desserts.

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Our experience

The first of a new generation of contemporary patisseries that have recently launched in Melbourne in the last two years or so, Luxbite opened in late 2010 to rave rave rave. A refuge from the humdrum of South Yarra, it’s housed in a small space possessing a minimalist white aesthetic with occasional blobs of popping primary colours.

Luxbite – the frontage

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Beyond the compact white tables and chairs, one does not know where to look first — the partly concealed kitchen with pastry chefs toiling away but always chatting and laughing, or the show-stopping counter display exhibiting round discs of intensely neon-coloured macarons, or a mirrored cabinet illuminating technicolour cakes lined up like legions of sentinels on a march to death by sugar. Is there any better way to go? :P

Luxbite – the venue

Luxbite – the venue

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Take MoMo & Coco’s advice and bypass the macarons that have been written about and talked about ad nauseum. Yes, interesting flavours may be found — the likes that fascinate because they are different, Creme Brulee, Kaya Toast, Pandan, P&J, Oolong Tea — but unfortunately, they are thwarted by great inconsistencies. Too soggy and sticky in texture on more than one occasion, too dry and crunchy on another, and almost always sugar overpowering flavour, overwhelmingly saccharine even for the insatiable sweet tooths writing this dessert-only journal-blog. Ah the pity… :(

Luxbite – the disappointingly inconsistent macarons

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Bypass the macarons but don’t bypass, MoMo & Coco besiege you, the cakes at Luxbite. Over a number of visits, MoMo & Coco have sampled the full repertoire of Luxbite’s cake range, of which we shall photograph and describe a little below. No boring traditional cakes, no mousse-only things.

Luxbite – the superb cakes

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For pret-a-porter, LuxBite’s goodies come packaged in a sturdy, white hand-carry-able box that can fit up to four sweet goodies at one time. No extra charge unlike some other parsimonious patisseries/specialty sweet boutiques (see eg here).

Luxbite – the packaging

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Luxbite – the superb cakes – take 1

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Luxbite – the superb cakes – take 2

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Let’s start simple and sweet. The Caramel Cravings ($7.50) is a nicely sculpted rectangular brick of…sugar — the caramel centre is fudge-like and requires less sugar and more burn. It sits on a splendid lightly-infused coconut biscuit base, spread over with a luscious sticky chocolate ganache layer — the two great components of this cake. It’s embellished with two miniature macaron that tend to have too salty an inclination.

Luxbite – the “Caramel Cravings” cake-dessert

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uxbite – the “Caramel Cravings” cake-dessert

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Luxbite – cross-section of the “Caramel Cravings” cake-dessert

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Better is the Chocolate Cravings ($7.50), though this too could be much better if less sugar, and/or darker chocolate was used. Special mention to its chocolate orb filled with a silky, strongly salted caramel that is reminiscent of our favourite chocolate bite from London’s Paul A Young. It’s this little orb, rather than the cake itself, that MoMo & Coco have cravings for.

Luxbite – the “Chocolate Cravings” cake-dessert

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Luxbite – close-up of the “Chocolate Cravings” cake-dessert

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Luxbite – close-up of the “Chocolate Cravings” cake-dessert

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Now, let’s turn to a more artisanal cake. The Stoned Meringue Monster ($8.50) is an absolute work of art, an absolute pleasure to eat. Do not share. We overlook the somewhat overly gelatinous meringue cloak for the striated inside of pistachio sponge, raspberry yoghurt cream and light apricot cream. Flavours that project rather than vaguely whisper. A MoMo & Coco favourite.

Luxbite – the “Stoned Meringue Monster” cake-dessert

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Luxbite – close-up of the “Stoned Meringue Monster” cake-dessert

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Luxbite – cross-section of the “Stoned Meringue Monster” cake-dessert

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For mousse-cake lovers, there’s a recent addition to Luxbite’s cake-dessert range for your consideration. The Chocolate Cherry Mousse ($8.50) is faultless — light yet creamy cherry-flavoured mousse centre blanketed with a chocolate layering. A satisfying classic with a twist.

Luxbite – the “Chocolate Cherry Mousse” cake-dessert

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Luxbite – cross-section of the “Chocolate Cherry Mousse” cake-dessert

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Where Luxbite’s normal-sized macarons fail, its larger macaron cake-desserts succeeds — their slightly crunchier texture provides the ideal textural counterbalance to the respective sweet, soft components of each macaron cake-dessert. Don’t miss these macaron cake-desserts at Luxbite. First up to show you, the Summer Love ($8.50) — a slightly bubble-gummy-accented watermelon macaron that verged on sickeningly sweet, an issue ameliorated by an addictive filling inflected with discernible tones of green tea, coconut and a refreshing endnote of peppermint. This wrapped around an exquisite centre of hard lychee jelly cubes. Lovely.

Luxbite – the “Summer Love” macaron-cake-dessert

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Luxbite – close-up of the “Summer Love” macaron-cake-dessert

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Luxbite – close-up of the “Summer Love” macaron-cake-dessert

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Following the macaron theme, the Endless Love ($8.50) seemed liked a copy of a signature Laduree macaron cake-dessert that MoMo & Coco remember sampling some time ago in Paris and London. It’s very pretty, but errs on an overwhelmingly sweet side, with the characteristic tartness of raspberries barely imparted amidst a sugary sugary pinkness.

Luxbite – the “Endless Love” macaron-cake-dessert

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Luxbite – inside the “Endless Love” macaron-cake-dessert

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Luxbite – close-up of inside “Endless Love” macaron-cake-dessert

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Arguably the cake-dessert that launched Luxbite’s profile, the Oriental Love ($8.50) seems to be now a seasonally-available creation. It’s a step up from the preceding two macaron cake-desserts because it’s less sugary and more flavoursome. Stumps of banana are well-caramelised, though on our most recent sampling, they were overly mushy. Ooops! They encircle a centre of passionfruit curd shaped liked a solar against a pale green dawn of pandan cream, the latter which flickers with pandan and therefore requires a more powerful flavour infusion. Exotic, usually excellent, could be better.

Luxbite – the “Oriental Love” macaron-cake-dessert

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Luxbite – top view of the “Oriental Love” macaron-cake-dessert

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Luxbite – close-up of the “Oriental Love” macaron-cake-dessert

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Luxbite – cross-section of the “Oriental Love” macaron-cake-dessert

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Luxbite – close-up of the cross-section of the “Oriental Love” macaron-cake-dessert

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The Supersized Love ($8.50)…well, it’s truly something. It’s that rare type of dessert that repeatedly, and deservedly, elicits an “OMG.” Sandwiched between two brown meringue discs, a thick fudge chocolate wheel embedded with nuts is consistently blessed with a mellow hazelnut tone that lingers. A MoMo & Coco favourite, we only wish it was bigger because it’s actually about the same size as the other small-ish macaron cake-desserts! :)

Luxbite – the “Supersized Love” macaron-cake-dessert

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Luxbite – inside the “Supersized Love” macaron-cake-dessert

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Luxbite – the cross-section of the “Supersized Love” macaron-cake-dessert

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Our verdict

Having captured the hearts of many since opening, Luxbite has confirmed itself — in MoMo & Coco’s opinion also — as a bastion for creative contemporary patisserie work, supported by some of the loveliest service staff that one can hope to experience in Melbourne. Although MoMo & Coco would dissent from the masses and declare that its macarons are not one of the finest iterations available, we do concede that Luxbite is blessed by some very delectable cake-desserts that tease the eyes and tastebuds. They are fine examples of cake artisanship — the best being the Supersized Love, Chocolate Cherry Mousse, and Stoned Meringue Monster  cake-desserts. However, on each subsequent sampling, MoMo & Coco have increasing concerns with regards to the seemingly higher-than-usual sugar and food dye content.  Mono-dimensional sweetness is not rave-worthy. Reduce the sugar, tone down the colour, project rather than bury the flavours. Only then can Luxbite’s current motto “Eat dessert first” be “Eat Luxbite first.” Luxbite certainly deserves that…to become the hedonistic sugar land bringing dessert-love to many many more sweet tooths.

  • Dessert adventure checklist
  1. Dessert destination: LuxBite, 38 Toorak Road, South Yarra, Vic 3141.
  2. Budget: $-$$.
  3. Sweet irresistibles: Cake.
  4. Must-eat: The “Meringue Monster” mousse-cake.
  5. The short and sweet story: A hedonistic, hyped sugar land, bypass the macarons but not the cake-desserts.

Luxbite – apple of MoMo & Coco’s sweet eye :)

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Luxbite – “Eat dessert first”…could be “Eat Luxbite first”…

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5 comments on “LuxBite

  1. Daisy@Nevertoosweet
    April 18, 2012

    I feel the same way about their macarons too!!! They re just too soggy and sweet! I was quite disappointed last time I went and since then I havent gone back >_< I did try some of their cakes and even though I liked some of them… I thought the Flavours were a little artificial ;( but I m still going to go back and try one more time before I decide whether or not I like them hehe ~thank you Momo and Coco for your honest review!

    • MoMo & Coco
      April 21, 2012

      Hi again Daisy! Yes, we did note in our above review certain issues with LuxBite’s execution. It is probably worth your re-visit, the creativity of the patissiers is pretty extraordinary. In any case, it offers something different from other patisseries in Melbourne. Hope you continue to read more sweet adventures. Cheers, MoMo & Coco.

  2. trazbone
    April 18, 2012

    Loved the post =) Didn’t know you hadn’t reviewed this place yet (I guess you were waiting to try most of the cakes ^^). I totally agree with you~ Although LuxBite may be known for their macarons, I actually like their other cakes better! especially the giant macarons – oriental love and supersized love are my favourite. I’ve tried 5/8 that you have reviewed and hope to try the rest too (Lux Bite is very close to my workplace =p).

    • MoMo & Coco
      April 21, 2012

      Hi Trazbone – thank you for your comment. Yes, we find it particularly strange that lots of people (especially bloggers/reviewers) rave about LuxBite’s macarons…nothing special and not at all very good, in our opinion. We note it for its creativity, not so much the execution. Thank you for your readership, MoMo & Coco.

  3. shirley
    September 15, 2013

    try their bread and butter pudding in pandan soya milk~ a great mixture of western and eastern culture~ Filling btw ~XD
    All time favorite~

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