Saturday, 31 August 2013

MooBerry, Newtown - 16 August 2013

Sydney seems to have been struck by froyo fever and it seems like there are more and more froyo chains showing up to cash in on this latest trend (Noogi, Moochi, Yogurberry, Yoghurtland just to name a few). I can’t say that I have been caught up in this craze though. Frozen yogurt just doesn’t satisfy my craving for something cold, creamy and sugary like ice cream and gelato do. But MooBerry (160 King St, Newtown) is different. First of all, MooBerry is not a chain and independently run. And secondly, MooBerry uses actual youghurt and real ingredients i.e. not that powdered stuff, which produces something that is watery and artificial tasting. Instead the froyo at MooBerry is soft, smooth, creamy and actually tastes like what they are supposed to be.


John X, the owner of MooBerry, kindly invited me and my wife to sample the menu. John and I go back a long way as we were in the same grade in high school, so I was more than happy to drop by and do a write-up of his store. But I was too full from dinner at Osteria di Russo & Russo beforehand (see review), so I could only sample the four froyo flavours on offer this visit (being original, watermelon, tiramisu and coconut). MooBerry also have other dessert offerings such as Belgian waffles, churros and chocolate soufflé. These do sound enticing, but they will need to wait for another day.

Coconut affogato (minus the coconut shavings)
For me, the best froyo flavour by a long way was the coconut flavour, which I had as a coconut affogato, a MooBerry signature. The coconut affogato is the perfect winter treat with a shot of warm espresso poured over coconut froyo. The wonderful aroma of freshly brewed coffee will draw most people in, and for me the bitter flavour of coffee is a great match with the smooth, creamy texture of the froyo and its sweet, refreshing coconut flavours.

Tiramisu froyo with strawberries and shot of honey
Original froyo & watermelon froyo
We thought MooBerry has a good dessert offering, with more variety than your usual froyos and toppings at the chains. It is definitely a breath of fresh air to see a non-franchise froyo store do its thing and use real ingredients. Next time I drop by, I will need to make sure I have more stomach room so I can actually try more of the menu.

I sampled these items as a guest of John X and MooBerry. 

AstroTurf wall with some funky pictures
Cranking out the froyo
"I (heart) MooBerry" spoons. How cute.

Some enticing, comforting options for the winter chill
A frame of the wall
Don't mind if I do
The other half of the menu, if anyone wants the prices
 
MooBerry - Real Froyo and Smoothies on Urbanspoon
 

16 comments:

  1. Yep the froyo trend has sit Sydney hard - I'm more of a Gelato Messina gal myself but the Mooberry coconut affogato sounds tempting! BT :)

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    1. Hi theblondetourist, I agree. Nothing is more satisfying than a late night Gelato Messina, even in winter *brrrrr* :)

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  2. Love fro-yo. Favourite flavour is no flavour. Just experiencing the tart yoghurt flavour by itself.

    I do like the sounds of coconut affogato though...

    Was it me that introduced you to affogato though?

    Btw - what are the prices for the froyo?

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    1. Hi booger, ummm no flavour = original. I do agree that the original is the only way to enjoy the tartness of yoghurt. The original was probably my second favourite out of the 4 flavours.

      Yes, you did introduce me to affogato lol. We had affogato at one of the cafes at QVB ages ago.

      I can't be bothered typing up the prices of the froyo, so I uploaded the other half of the menu at the end of the post.

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    2. Thanks. The prices don't look too bad but they should really be including 1 or 2 toppings as part of the price. Thats how they do it in other parts of the world...

      Ahh, I remember now. It was at those cafes at the top level of QVB.

      Funny thing: the layout and design scheme of this froyo very similar to the froyo places in spain and portugal !

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    3. Yeah a lot of places here charge for each topping. And the Asian places (Noogi, Moochi etc) are DIY and charge by weight.

      You also introduced me to cold drip coffee, you coffee aficionado.

      I really ought to go to Spain, the new gourmet capital of the world. Maybe I will regret not going...

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  3. i just realised i was at Mooberry on the same night as you! we were there really early around 6:30pm though.

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    1. Hi Annie, what a coincidence. But I was there later than you, around 8pm

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  4. I have walked past this place so many times! I must go in and try the coconut affogato one day :D

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    1. Hi Lorraine, yeah I walked past this place quite a few times too. Finally walked in. The coconut affogato is definitely worth a try :)

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  5. It's froyo fever! lol. I am intrigued by the coconut affogato though.

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    1. Hi Helen, Sydney is froyo mad. There are prob at least 4 froyo stores within a block of each other on George St around Event cinemas. Like all the bloggers say, the coconut affogato is good and worth giving a go.

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  6. Have read plenty about mooberry, and it seems to be the same across everyone.. a hit! I have been eyeing that coconut affogato all this time!

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    1. Hi Tina, yeah it seems like every blogger (and their dog) has been to Mooberry and blogged about it hehe

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  7. Nice Mr MAB, moving up in the world to being invited to dine!

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    1. Hi Jacky, I don't know about moving up in the world. But always happy to accept freebies :)

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