Yuzu was followed by hojicha or roasted green tea as the featured flavour at Chanoma. And following hojicha was genmaicha or brown rice green tea.
N starts with their Genmaicha Soft Serve ($3.90). There’s an enjoyable nuttiness from the popped rice that comes through gently ahead of a pronounced bitterness from the green tea in the finish. It’s a very enjoyable flavour, although a stronger rice flavour would be pleasant to balance the strength of the green tea.
Wanting to kill two birds, being the genmaicha soft serve and the latte, with one stone, I opt for the Genmaicha Float ($5.50). The latte is a drinkable version of the soft serve, although the dairy flavour comes through more prominently than in their standard matcha lattes. The bitterness from the green tea is immediately obvious, rather than just in the finish as in the soft serve, while the brown rice flavour remains mellow but present.
To go with their new genmaicha products was a Curry Doughnut ($4.90). It’s pricey for a curry doughnut, but we’re not in Japan, so …
These doughnuts are fried to order, resulting in a super crispy crumbed coating — more crispy than any similarly fried doughnut I’ve eaten in Australia or Japan — and the innards are piping hot and smell deliciously homey with soft potato, although not meat.
N and I are delighted with these new additions to the menu. With made to order crab cream croquettes, things would be perfect. Maybe next time?
Chanoma Cafe is located at Shop 1, Regent Place Arcade, 501 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000.