It’s been a while since I’ve had a green tea frappuccino. Probably due to the slow demise of Starbucks in Sydney and the fact that even though the first few sips are like “This is amaze!”, about halfway through you want to throw up and then collapse into a sugar coma.
But when my friend Jennine aka the queen of all things cool suggested we check out Chanoma I was pretty psyched. Green tea frappes done by Japanese matcha experts, as opposed to the sugar-loving Americans sounded promising.
Chanoma is hidden in Regent Place and is almost oasis-like to look at, after coming off busy, dirty, noisy and sketchy George Street. It’s very very cute and very very Asian covered with bright green plastic vine leaves and hanging lanterns. A place where you’d find girls like this hanging out..
The cafe specialises in all sorts of green tea inspired beverages (green tea lattes, green tea cappuccinos, green tea floats, green tea frappes, green tea parfait and regular matcha too, but like, as if you would ever order that) … and also hot dogs. Hot dogs?! Strange. But then not so strange. At first thought, hot dogs seems like the most non-Asian things out. But then on second thought, the most celebrated hot dog eater of all time is Japanese and in Korea, it is not an uncommon sight to see tiny girls in mini-skirts and heels chowing down on dagwood dogs with hot chips infused in the batter. And if it were not 10pm at the time, I would have totally gone for a hot dog. The idea of green tea and hot dogs just works for some reason. But I guess when you combine two awesome things, it generally works out.
Two floats and a frappe
My Matcha frappe. As suspected, green tea flavour is strong and sugar intensity is low, so easy to drink and totally delicious!
Since it was way past my bedtime, we had to grab and go, but will DEFINITELY be back for this:
This is the stuff of a former fat kid’s dreams. Deep fried battered hot dog in a soft bun?! YES PLEASE. The green tea totally cancels it out, right, right???
501 George St Sydney