Cake king Adriano Zumbo is opening an afternoon tea salon in Melbourne

Adriano Zumbo. Source: Facebook

One celebrity TV chef’s loss is another star’s gain: macaron maker Adriano Zumbo is opening an afternoon tea salon in Melbourne in the space My Kitchen Rules judge Manu Feildel’s short-lived Le Grand Cirque once occupied.

The Masterchef regular’s new venture, Fancy Nance, named in honour of his mother – the country-raised Zumbo children gave her the nickname when Nancy got dressed up to head into town – is expected to open at the end of the month in South Yarra.

Feildel blamed poor reviews for the failure of his restaurant after just four months in mid-2014 and subsequently announced a ban on critics if he opens any more restaurants.

The Daly Street site is opposite Zumbo’s existing patisserie and the patissier said he “jumped on it” when the site came up for lease.

“I love Melbourne and South Yarra’s perfect for high tea,” he told Business Insider.

But in true Zumbo style, expect the unexpected. He’s ditching the tea stand in favour of a a more “tapas style” experience with an emphasis on fun.

“We’ll start with a few different cakes, then send the next few more out, and alternate between sweet and savoury,” he said.

His trademark hot pink colouring will feature in the booth seating, and the cocktail bar stays. At night, you’ll be able to swing by for dessert.

But don’t go expecting cucumber sandwich fingers with no crusts.

“I love high tea, but I think it’s very repetitive in terms of what’s on the stand,” Zumbo said. “There are other ways to do high tea too and I think there’s a bit of room to move”.

Fancy Nance will be at 21 Daly Street, South Yarra.

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