Green Tea Kit Kat in Aus!
It’s like walking into a small piece of Japan right in Fitzroy. A small Asian grocery (but a hell of a lot cleaner and easier on the eyes) and a sushi bar out the front where you can see the chef prepare the salmon in full view. I’m yet to come back and try the food.
But hell, I’m quite content with my Kit Kats.
Hinoki Japanese Pantry
279 Smith St, Fitzroy
Su: 10-4, T-Th: 10-6, F-S: 10-7
I hadn’t returned to Melbourne until a couple of weeks ago and so hadn’t actually heard of the hype surrounding this place. Previously my only experience with liquid nitrogen involved the physics club’s demonstration at my university’s market day (they offered something ridiculous like frozen burger rings - freezing these things, by the way, completely diminishes the taste).
Anyway, here, they keep it simplistic, with a black chalkboard for a feature wall outlining the menu on your left as you walk in, and the only other feature is the counter where you order/ice cream kitchen. The glass panels allow you to see straight through the working space (they obviously know that the novelty liquid nitrogen factor sells) to what looks like a row of four or five white high-tech cake mixers, but instead of batter, you have pearly white smoke emanating from the bowl.
At the back, you have incredibly cute seating in what appears to be a vamped up garage. (Note: while the synthetic grass covering every seating panel makes for a refreshing new look, it isn’t exactly comfortable is to sit on if you’re wearing shorts.) They open up the roller doors to reveal a typical Fitzroy graffiti-filled brick wall. A simple, yet effective solution to giving the illusion of opening the shop space with the added bonus of natural light filtering through.
You don’t get your typical ice cream flavours here. I got the Melbourne Cup special - Kayan toast. While a rather decent flavour, I much preferred my friend’s Crème Brûlée - it’s heaven for sweet tooth like me. I’d say give this place a go, but you probably already want to (the sweet things novelty does). It’s ice cream with a twist.
N2 Extreme Gelato
329 Brunswick St, Fitzroy