Cafe Cre Asion is a Japanese influenced cafe with a very loyal following despite its location down a nondescript lane in a comparatively quiet part of the City that’s otherwise devoid of shops and eateries. It’s a small shop with only a handful of seats.
N and I are here for dessert, so we skip their breakfast/lunch menu and zero in on the baked goods at the counter. I’m not usually a fan of macarons (a lot of the time they taste just like sweet biscuits without doing justice to the flavour they’re supposed to reflect), but I know the ones here are good, so we opt for 6 ($2.70 for 1 or $16 for 6).
Left: Jasmine Tea macaron — I couldn’t taste the jasmine initially, but it does come through subtly towards the end of each bite. It’s a very slightly floral note, and I’d have appreciated it better if it was more pronounced. Perhaps reducing the sweetness would’ve helped.
Right: Charcoal and Black Sesame macaron — Other than a blandness that’s evident in the less sweet macaron shell, which I attribute to the charcoal, this macaron tasted very much like black sesame. It’s a creamy black sesame that I enjoyed immensely, even though it seems to be an acquired taste amongst people I’ve met.
Left: Yuzu lemonade macaron – There’s a very punchy hit of yuzu from the very first bite. Out of the six flavours we tried, this was flavour was the most immediately obvious. I’m convinced it’s more of a yuzu-nade than a mix with lemon.
Right: Lychee and Raspbelly macaron – I’m not sure if that’s an intentional misspelling of raspberry but raspbelly seems an accurate description: neither the lychee nor raspberry flavour comes first or dominates the other — you taste both at once and in equal parts.
Left: Roasted Green Tea macaron — the fragrant slightly sweet and nutty flavours of hojicha come through quite strongly with a creamy mouthfeel.
Right: Uji Matcha Green Tea macaron — the paleness of the macaron shell surprised me as I’m used to matcha flavoured foods being a vibrant green. This paleness is elegant, though, and the green tea filling was also well balanced being obviously green tea without being overpowering or bitter. It’s one very class green tea macaron.
We share the Green Tea Fondant ($8.50). It’s a chocolate fondant with green tea white chocolate molten innards, dusted in matcha, and served with a shot of green tea latte and fresh berries.
This is without a doubt, one of the best examples of Western baked goods with a Japanese influence, although that isn’t to say that it’s more impressive than the amazing cakes at French or French-inspired patisseries in Japan. Unlike those cakes, which retain their French flavours, this green tea fondant departs from the flavours of a Western chocolate fondant. And with great success too.
While chocolate fondants with the runny chocolate centres can be too rich, here, the green tea white chocolate centre, the dusting of matcha powder on top, and the shot of green tea latte, cuts through the milk chocolate cake. The berries help, of course, and with the green tea twist, you can get the richness of a chocolate fondant with some relief.
Cafe Cre Asion is one gem of a Japanese cafe that really knows its flavours.
Cafe Cre Asion is located at 21 Alberta St, Sydney NSW 2000.