While there’s an abundance of bakeries in Eastwood, the dessert options on both the Korean and Chinese side of the railway lines were always subpar — the kind of place you’d reluctantly visit due to the lack of alternatives but nowhere you’d heartily recommend to your friends. That is, until Max Joy Co.
Max Joy Co is situated at the very western end of Rowe Street, opposite the school and away from the busier shops. Their speciality items are ice cream and waffles.
Specifically, these Moffles ($12.95, including a scoop of ice cream, $3.00 for an additional scoop) are my reason for making an especial trip to Eastwood.
Moffles are waffles made with mochi, something we’d enjoyed immensely some years ago at Hana Hana before it closed down. Here, the moffle is chewy on the inside with a crispy outside. Moffles are an acquired taste though, so if you’re like D and do not enjoy doughy foods, then it might not be for you. For me, though, I find it delightfully satisfying with the kuromitsu adding just enough moisture and sweetness to the otherwise unsweetened mochi and cut through by the tart strawberries.
These scoops are of Granny Smith Apple and Yuzu sorbets. Eastwood is famous for the Granny Smith apple, accidentally first grown in the suburb by Maria Ann Smith, so this flavour is a mainstay. It’s refreshing, despite the apples being cooked, with small pieces of Granny Smith Apple throughout to bring interesting pops of flavour and texture. The yuzu, though, is the highlight, with a bright and zesty flavour that’s immensely uplifting.
We return to try some of their others flavours. These scoops are Grandma’s Black Sesame and Granny Smith Apple. The black sesame is one of the most enjoyable of this flavour that we’ve tried. It’s creamy and packs a healthy punch of nutty black sesame flavour with a balanced sweetness.
And these scoops are Lavender Honey and Hojicha. The lavender notes are fragrant with balanced sweetness from the honey. My senses are accustomed to lavender scented soaps and air fresheners, so this flavour had my mind resisting to like it, but for someone without this association, it would be very pleasant. As for the hojicha, we thoroughly enjoyed the roasted green tea flavour that came through prominently through the creamy dairy base much like a good hojicha latte.
With a good creamy texture and no iciness, it’s no wonder that this spot is buzzing with activity late into the night.
The Max Joy Co is located at 251 Rowe St, Eastwood NSW 2122.