Despite a two-month delay, macaron king Adriano Zumbo’s much anticipated high-tea salon, Fancy Nance, has opened at the former site of Le Grand Cirque and Mama Baba in South Yarra.

The space, designed by Melbourne’s Studio Tate has all the Zumbo trademarks: neon pink signage, mirrored panels and blue-velvet lounges. The walls are painted with colourful flamingos, mushrooms and teacups, creating an Alice in Wonderland-esque playground for grown ups.

“It’s a place where groups can mingle and have fun,” says Zumbo.

There are two distinct sections to the salon. The back is the banquet sitting area, where guests can enjoy a rotating set menu of bite-sized savoury eats and sweets. Highlights include a crumbed osso bucco, tarragon ice-cream sandwich; and chocolate cake with cherry and vodka foam.

The kitchen is led by head chef Daniel Texter, whose CV includes Adriano Zumbo (Zumbo’s other South Yarra patisserie on Claremont Street) and Denmark’s Noma (the best restaurant in the world).

The front will be a more casual bakery, cafe and gelataria called Little Frankie’s. But fans will have to wait a bit longer for Zumbo’s rustic Italian pastries. The celebrity chef is still waiting for his giant oven to be delivered.

Little Frankie’s will open by the end of June.

Fancy Nance,
21 Daly Street, South Yarra
1800 858 611

Daily 11am–6pm