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
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