Friday, April 20, 2018

ZUC.CCH.ERO (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

ZUC.CCH.ERO is a dessert bar which I have been keeping a close eye on ever since its opening more than 3 years ago. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about them over the years but the fact that there aren't that many dessert cafes who specialize in molecular sweets in Hong Kong gave me every reason to give it a go.

I sure like what I've seen from ZUC.CCH.ERO based on the photos posted on Facebook and Instagram but I'm not going to judge them prematurely without trying at least a few of their desserts.

Rolex Ball ($100) - A play on the popular chilled mango cream with sago and pomelo (楊枝金露).

Inside the sugar ball were fresh mango, pomelo and grapefruit, along with mango foam, sago and liquid nitrogen milk ice cream. So, yes it did have all the ingredients from a chilled mango cream with sago and pomelo. The various temperatures and textures also made it somewhat interesting. However, a couple of blemishes. For starters, the sugar ball was a little too hard to munch on. And from the presentation point of view, they're not making it look good because the sphere was too thick to see the ingredients in the middle (according to the photo on the menu, it's almost transparent so you can see all the fillings in the middle).

To sum it up, there's nothing really wrong with the flavors just that the execution was slightly off.

Snow White ($118) - Fairly similar to the previous dessert except this one came with a scoop of yuzu sorbet inside the apple shaped sugar ball. Underneath that were apple crumble, caramel cinnamon apple and small pieces of cheesecake.

This was a fairly busy dish with a lot of flavors which were working individually rather than coming together.

Molten earl grey ($70) - This has the making of a fairly good dessert but the flavors from the earl grey lava tart were a little too light for me. I did like the tofu ice-cream with brown sugar tuile which should have complemented a rich and powerful earl grey flavor but unfortunately, that was missing in action.

Food Rating: 4.5/10
Price: $$$
Address: Room 1802-3, 18/F, Bartlock Centre, 3 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Causeway Bay
Tel: +852 3427-9828

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