Lumi Dining chef Federico Zanellato has been cooking up the idea for a new patisserie for some time. It started with a pie he was perfecting at Lumi, and the baking continued when the restaurant closed for the first lockdown. A number of restaurants have opted to switch to pop-up bakeries during lockdown. Lumi did so too, with the Pyrmont restaurant selling brioche, beef and mushroom pies (popular during 2020’s lockdown too), Basque cheesecakes and Picco Leo baguettes. Zanellato also runs CBD venues Restaurant Leo and Picco Leo with Karl Firla (of Oscillate Wildly fame).

In September, Zanellato is set to open a permanent patisserie called Lode Pies & Pastries, along with Picco Leo chef Lorenzo Librino. In anticipation of the new venture the chef has teamed up with neighbourhood bar Arthur to bring us a taste of the Parisian-inspired desserts we can expect on the menu.

On offer is a choux au craquelin – a buttery, French-style cookie filled with toasted hazelnut cream and burnt caramel – and a chocolate puff pastry with salted peanut frangipane and chocolate-infused cream. They’re available for two days only, via Arthur’s home-dining packs.

The choux au craquelin is available on Friday August 6 as part of Arthur’s $95 option, which includes Arthur’s beef cheek and pesto lasagne, plus salad. And the chocolate puff pastry comes with the $120 pack, available on Saturday August 7 alongside an Australian-spiced bouillabaisse (fish stew) and potato salad. Each one serves two people and is available for pick-up from 4.30pm to 7pm.

Arthur’s executive chef Tristan Rosier says it’s an honour to work with Federico and welcome him to the neighbourhood. Lode Pies & Pastries is due to open at 487 Crown Street, Surry Hills, this spring.

Arthur dining packs can be collected from 544 Bourke Street, Surry Hills.