Yuzu is delicious. I love yuzu flavoured everything and Chanoma Cafe dedicated part of their menu to yuzu in February. Nowhere else in Sydney does yuzu sorbet or yuzu drinks as yet, so a visit was in order.
This Yuzu Sorbet ($3.90) temporarily replaced the azuki soft serve during our blistering February. And it hits all the right spots with a tangy and sweet flavour that’s super refreshing and re-energising on its own or after a heavy meal. It’s easily my favourite item on the Chanoma menu to date. It should be a permanent addition!
And this is the Yuzu Shaved Ice ($7.50). ‘Shaved ice’ is a misnomer as it’s crushed ice that melts into a solid lump of ice rather than shaved ice that retains its fluffy soft texture. The yuzu honey has thinly sliced yuzu rind — much like that in Yuzu-cha by Greenwood — and is very heavy on the floral honey notes, which interfere with the bright yuzu flavour. The yuzu sorbet topping it off is delicious, and while we may not appreciate the pronounced honey flavour, this use of genuine yuzu flavour is worlds away from their use of home brand lemon juice in their yuzu-cha many years ago.
On a separate visit, we try the Yuzu Float ($6.90) which does away with the ‘shaved ice’ for an iced yuzu tea with yuzu sorbet. This bypasses the issue with the ‘shaved ice’ melting into a solid lump of ice and mellows the honey flavour of the yuzu tea. On the downside, the flavour of the yuzu sorbet is overwhelmed by the yuzu tea. Still, the drink itself is deliciously refreshingly.
N goes back for their Honey Yuzu Milk Frappe ($6.90), which is surprisingly different (in a bad way) to when we first tried it a few months ago, with a very pronounced and unpleasant milk flavour coming through that does not go well with yuzu at all and was not present previously. Think milk flavoured with citrus. It’s hard to stomach, but seeing other people order it, I’m convinced the one we received may have been a dud.
Chanoma Cafe is located at 1/501 George St, Sydney NSW 2000.