Australia, Sydney, Sydney - CBD

Cafe Cre Asion

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“Matcha” green tea originated from Japan and because the entire leaf is ingested in powder form, it is known as the most potent green tea in the world.  Imagine a cafe in Sydney where matcha is put to good use.  Well, tucked away in a small lane at the edge of Surry Hills, there is a hole-in-the-wall cafe called “Cre Asion” that is doing exactly this.

The cafe has been opened for a few years already, but previously it was known for its macarons.  The menu has since been expanded to include other food items.

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The cafe is small, and there is only enough sitting for around 10 people.  The tables and chairs provided are quite low, so sitting  there for prolonged periods of time is very uncomfortable.   However, despite all of this, there is always a queue at this place, so we tried out the food to see if it lived up to its hype.

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Matcha Latte ($5)

The latte is milky and frothy, full of true matcha flavours.  It is not overly sweet like other green tea lattes in other cafes, but the taste of this latte is better described as a bitter-sweet flavour, which is very soothing and calming.

Matcha & Macadamia Cookies ($2 each, or $10 for 6)

These cookies are again full of the bitter-sweet flavours of matcha, coupled with the crunchiness of the macadamia nuts.  However, the texture of the cookies are a bit hard for our liking, and the cookies would be more enjoyable if they were of a more crumbly texture which would provide a good contrast with the crunchiness of the nuts.

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Matcha Muffin ($4.50)

The most surprising element of the muffin is the filling of cream cheese and red bean paste inside the muffin.  The combination really works – the sweetness of the red bean paste is balanced by the bitterness from the matcha in the muffin, while the cream cheese provides a layer of complexity to the flavours of the muffin.  However, the overall texture of the muffin is very dry, which makes the muffin not very enjoyable.

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Matcha fondant ($8.50)

This is Cre Asion’s signature dish.  It is very well made.  The outside is soft, while the centre is filled with warm molten dark chocolate and matcha, and you are able to taste a sense of intensive bitter-sweetness as the centre oozes out.  One of the most enjoyable dishes we have tried at this cafe.

 

Overall, the concept of this cafe is interesting, and it may possibly fill up a niche in the Sydney cafe market, as evidenced by the regular queues here.  However, this is not really a place designed for people to hang out or chat, and is more tailored for individuals who want a quick matcha fix on-the-go.
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Cafe Cre Asion

Website: http://www.creasion.com.au

Address: 101/21 Alberta Street, Sydney

Phone: (02) 8021 1629

Opening hours: Mon to Fri 8am to 6pm, Sat 9am to 4pm

Accepts all major credit cards

Australia, Sydney, Sydney - CBD

Cremeria de Luca

You guys are probably familiar with “Cremeria de Luca”, the place that invented the infamous “Gelato Burger”. How would you feel if I tell you that they have opened a pop-up store at the Strand Arcade in the city?

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This is a great place to chill for those who works in the city.

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I was drooling when waiting in-line. The base for the burger is already predetermined with Panna, Nutella and Brioche bun. But you have a choice of gelato to choose from. You can choose up to 2 scoops of gelato. This meal is, of course, traditionally eaten with hands. Yes, it is rude to ask for fork and knife. :p

A great way to eat it is for you to rip off the lid of the bun and use it as a spoon to scoop the gelato. This is based on strict instructions from the owner.

I ordered for myself Pistachio and Cinnamon, as pistachio is one of my all time favorite flavours. But who would have guessed that the Cinnamon and Panna were so complimentary to each other that it gave me the feeling of being “one step into heaven”

It was such a great occasion when I just finished work and wandered around the city.. and I just happened to pass by this pop-up store.

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But they will only be there till 13 of March so you better get there quickly. Otherwise you can always go to Five Dock to try out this amazeball burger.

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Cremeria De Luca Pop-up Store

Website: www.cremeria-deluca.com

Location: The Strand Arcade (412-414 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000)

Or 84 Ramsay Rd Five Dock, NSW 2046

Opening Hours:

Mon to Wed and Fri 11:00am – 5:30pm

Thursday: 11:00am – 8:00pm

Sat and Sun 11:00am – 4:00pm

Cash Only

By Jono