Regardless of where N and I are, what we eat is forever dictated by what we want for dessert. Dessert makes the meal. And way back when it was my birthday, dessert was to be at Cafe Cre Asion.
The main reason is that it was the only place in Sydney that I know serves a Houjicha Latte ($5.00) (now there is Cafe Kentaro in Surry Hills). After my delicious iced houjicha latte at Nana’s Green Tea, I was keen to repeat the experience, and the one here hits all the rights spots. There’s the sweet, caramel notes of roasted green tea in the body with the milk providing a pleasant creaminess you don’t find in drinking the tea itself.
And this is the Houjicha Chiffon Cake ($4.50). I wanted so much to like this cake because I love houjicha, but frankly, this tasted like what I imagine dog food to taste like from the smell from the dog food aisle at the supermarket. There is no detectable hint of houjicha, and the chiffon is more dry than I prefer. The cream was lightly whipped cream flavoured with houjicha leaf but the taste of dairy was unpleasant and overwhelmed.
We love that Cafe Cre Asion creates macarons in Japanese flavours ($16 for 6). Here we have, from left to right, 2 jasmine, 2 houjicha, 1 lychee and raspberry, and 1 yuzu. You can find a more detailed review of these flavours (and the others available!) from our earlier visit.
Cafe Cre Asion is located at 101/21 Alberta Street, Sydney NSW 2000.