Saturday, July 19, 2014

Chanoma Cafe

This has got to be the cafe with the most matcha (fine powder green tea) dishes on their menu and since trying them for the first time, they have become my must go dessert place every time I meet friends for dinner in the city. Let me inform you again - matcha overdose ahead...

Anmitsu is a Japanese dessert traditionally served with matcha at Japanese tea ceremonies. Their Matcha Anmitsu ($6.50) came in an adorable bowl with one scoop of azuki mash, matcha soft serve and a skewer of trio of glutinous rice balls. Impressed.

I was a little surprised with their Hot Matcha ($4.90), as I did not expect it to come in such a small tea cup served on a tray. On the side, there was a little chewy bit of what we thought was yam and sweet potato - but we could be dead wrong, so if anyone knows, please enlighten us. This was a strong dose of matcha in a tiny cup so please do not consume this in the evening if you are one who is unable to sleep with caffeine in your system - I was wide awake that night.

The frappe version of the above is the Matcha Frappe ($4.80). Of course, the content of caffeine in this is less than the hot version.

The main attraction (for me anyways) is the Oreo Matcha Frappe ($6.20). This has got to be my favourite item on their menu, as I never fail to order this each time I visit them. The combination of Oreo and green tea flavour is just pure genius and blended into a frappe, it is crunchy dessertgasm.

If you enjoy matcha, you would enjoy this place.

Chanoma Cafe on Urbanspoon

Chanoma Cafe
Shop 1, 501 George Street, NSW 2000, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9767 5465; E-mail:
Daily 11:00am to 10:00pm

Monday, March 17, 2014

Kreta Ayer

I wonder if this place is normally as packed as the night that we were there or if they are only this packed on days when either Petaling Street and Albee's Kitchen are not open. Oh, that did not sound nice, did it? But I have to be honest with my tastebuds - I would choose those two places over this one any time.

From the outset, we mistook them for a Malaysian restaurant when in fact, they were Singaporean. Well, our two countries are just a causeway away anyway so culturally and in this case, gastronomically, we would be almost similar (to perhaps just some decimal points of a difference). However, since we trip to the island republic, I digress from that thought as I found out that I prefer the taste of the Malaysian versions of the same dish to the Singaporean versions. Somehow, I found food in Singapore more bland in comparison. Do not get me wrong - food was still good, just lacking in flavour, that's all.

This blandness was reflected in the food served here at Kreta Ayer. But this is only my personal opinion - other people may love their food and again, like I said, the food was not bad, it was just not 100% to my liking. Food we had are as follows:

Yam Cake

Chicken Laksa

Pork Mince Noodles

Boneless Hainanese Chicken Laksa

Crispy Noodles wtih Seafood

Milo Dinosaur (or was it Godzilla?)

Red bean soup

Positive points about this place would be that they have a huge menu and is conveniently located a stone's throw away from UNSW. Spoilt for choice, the uni students here.

Kreta Ayer on Urbanspoon

466 Anzac Parade, Kingsford, NSW 2032, Australia.
Tel: +61 2 9663 3888
Weekdays 11:00am to 3:00pm, 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Weekends 10:00am to 11:00pm


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