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Adelaide’s Shirni Parwana opening dedicated dessert emporium in Plant 3

A regular pop-up at Plant 4 since 2016, Shirni Parwana is opening their first permanent space in August this year, a glass cube of Afghan desserts.

Images: Emmaline Zanelli.

The newest addition to the growing Plant 3 family is dynamic mother and daughter duo, Fatema and Zainab Ayubi, who are bringing decadent Afghan desserts to an intimate glass cube venue. 

As the newest venture for the Parwana empire, the upcoming space will be a a further evolution of the Adelaide brand, a firm favourite on the local foodie scene for the last decade, with the popular CBD-based Kutchi Deli and flagship venue Parwana Afghan kitchen in Torrensville. 

Marking the duo’s first permanent space, Shirni Parwana have been a regular name at Bowden’s eclectic Plant 4 space, from the very first market back in 2016, bringing their pop up stall to the venue on Wednesday and Friday nights. 

Shirni Parwana have accumulated a legion of loyal of fans who regularly flock to the pop up weekly for their traditional Afghan dishes and sweets, and are poised to shake up Adelaide’s brunch scene by introducing a weekend mid-morning offering to the space.

The decadent brunch will include traditional breads, house made jams, clotted creams, shakshuka style eggs, sweet breads and pastries, encouraging Adelaidean’s to branch out and try something new for their next brunch bite.

Not only a spot to frequent for early morning eats, Saturday nights will see the glass venue come to life as a fully-realised dessert house, with beautifully plated desserts to be enjoyed within the buzzing atmosphere of Plant 3.

Fatema and Zainab were approached by Plant 4 to create their first permanent venue with the opening of Plant 3 this August, where the two will have the opportunity to explore their passion for sweet offerings, introducing Adelaideans to the decadent desserts synonymous with traditional Afghan cooking. 

The venue will be open from Wednesdays to Sundays into the night, with Plant 3’s plentiful seating giving customers the choice between a takeaway box to enjoy their desserts on the go, or a relaxed ambience to sit and enjoy their sumptuously sweet treat. 

Some of the delights on offer will include Afghan cream rolls akin to a cannoli, house-made ice cream, milk dumplings and sticky orange and almond syrup cake, with Fatema’s pastry-chef background ensuring customers are in expert hands when looking for their next sweet snack. 

With the dessert arena typically dominated by French-inspired dishes, Fatema and Zainab are looking to present exciting and elegantly plated dishes that introduce Afghan inspired flavours to Adelaide with a modern twist. 

The duo are currently in the process of fitting out their vibrant new store, working in close collaboration with design Studio OK-OK and carpenter Peter Fong who is providing a custom design and fit-out for the entirely glass space, that will draw inspiration from the colourful Aghan culture that inspires so much of the Parwana menu. 

Although a specific opening date has not yet been released, Fatema and Zainab’s long-held dream to open a dedicated dessert venue will be realised by late August this year, when Plant 3 opens its doors.

Keep up with all the Shirni Parwana news here.

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