When I met up with C mid-last week, we decided to head to the fringes of the city near Surry Hills. Why? We were after Cafe Cre Asion, which is a small cafe that is situated down a somewhat deserted laneway. But that isn’t much cause for concern — there was a constant flow of customers (and often a queue!) for the 1.5 hours we were there.
Cafe Cre Asion has one of the biggest selection of macaron flavours I’ve encountered. The size of their selection is rivaled only by Laduree stores that I visited in London. In terms of creativity, however, Cafe Cre Asion trumps Laduree. So, for a macaron-skeptic, even I was impressed and excited by the enormous selection of macaron flavours. They had your standard chocolate, salted caramel, vanilla etc macarons that you find in Western patisseries, but they also had some Asian inspired flavours like yuzu, jasmine, hoji tea, green tea.
I had the bamboo charcoal and lychee and raspberry macarons. The bamboo charcoal macaron (left) tasted a lot like black sesame and even has the same grainy texture. I’ve never had anything bamboo charcoal flavoured before, but I’ve heard that it doesn’t add much to the taste of a food. There was something else apart from the black sesame that I tasted, but I can’t put my finger on it.
The lychee and raspberry macaron (right) tasted like a sweet macaron. I couldn’t catch any hint of lychee or raspberry in the filling at all, but there was a cube of raspberry jelly in the middle of the filling that tasted identifiably raspberry.
C had a green tea cappuccino and I had a mocha.
A green tea cappuccino is something I’ve had an aversion to. Not because I know it tasted bad, but because the idea of adding milk to green tea is strange (even tho people do that to coffee and black tea all the time). C, however, told me that it’s an acquired taste and offered me a sip. A green tea cappuccino smells and tastes like a green tea kit kat. Only liquid, which is the unsettling part. I don’t mind green tea kit kat but it has the texture of chocolate and biscuit, which counter the weirdness. Also, the green tea cappuccino came in a bowl, rather than a cup with a handle, which I found very amusing and novel.
My mocha was a tad disappointing, though — it had sour notes, which I know from D’s extensive foray into everything coffee means that the coffee grinds were too coarse or over extracted.
Overall though, the staff were friendly and accommodating (as seems to be the case with Japanese people) and the atmosphere was very conducive to long overdue catch ups with friends.
Cafe Cre Asion is located at 21 Alberta Street, Sydney NSW 2000.