Passionflower has been around for a long time as far as the life span of dessert parlours are concerned. Over time, they’ve evolved from a changing menu with adventurous Asia-inspired flavours, like wasabi, to an more permanent menu of crowd favourites and expanded their offerings of waffles and parfaits.
This is the Geisha San ($15.50) with ‘green tea and lychee rose ice cream lavished with lychee and orange’.
The lychee and rose ice cream at Passionflower is one of my favourite flavours with fresh notes of sweet lychee and mellow floral notes of rose. The matcha ice cream is also a standout, having a bright green tea flavour without being overly sweet or milky. The pieces of lychee flesh went well with the ice cream, but the acidic pieces of orange were neither here nor there in the flavours of this parfait.
And the Traffic Lights ($7.50 each). Red is Talk to the Hand, a watermelon and lychee fizz with lime sorbet. Amber is Play if you Dare, a peach and mango bitter fizz with lime sorbet. Green is Easy Come Easy Go, an apple and kiwi fizz with lime sorbet. The staff made some unsolicited changes to these drinks: they came with mango sorbet and not lime sorbet, and the Red Talk to the Hand came with strawberries instead of lychees. I’m not terribly fussed by the changes, but I’d have appreciated some acknowledgement.
These drinks were lightly carbonated and taste much like their base syrup of watermelon, peach and apple, with the added fruits adding flavour only upon eating them rather than to the liquid itself. The strong flavour of the mango sorbet overwhelmed and did not complement the flavours of the watermelon or apple, and went well only with the Amber, which already had mango as a component. The zesty citrus notes of a lime sorbet would have made for a more refreshing beverage.
Asia inspired flavours of ice cream are Passionflower’s strength, and it’s what I always return to enjoy.
Passionflower is located at Shop G12, Capitol Square, 730 – 742 George Street, Haymarket NSW 2000