Azuma Patisserie is the newest addition to chef Kimitaka Azuma's growing empire of restaurants in Sydney which includes Azuma, Azuma Kushiyaki and Ton Ton Chifley. A smallish patisserie located on the ground floor of the HSBC Centre, it serves an array of desserts ranging from frozen yogurt to cakes and sweet pastries with coffee or tea to compliment. At 5.45pm, the place was rather quiet but to be expected - a bit early for dessert, don't you think? That did not deter us girls getting ourselves an Azuma Cake Set each which included a cake and drink of our choice. I decided on the Green Tea Chiffon Cake and Macha Latte for my set and headed up to order at the counter. Fortunately I had cash in my purse for the patisserie is a cash-only facility. There was no waiting around to collect the order; the friendly Japanese waitresses will bring it to your table.
Azuma Patisserie on George Street
Assorted cakes and desserts
Anna, Natasha and I caught up on the events of our lives and shortly our drinks and sweet goodies turned up. My Azuma set was totally green! The Matcha Latte was served in a tall glass and finished with a gorgeous Rosetta. Matcha (sometimes also spelled maccha) is quality green tea leaves that is stripped of its veins and stem, then grounded into a fine powder. Naturally caffeinated, the health benefits of matcha exceeds that of green tea because you ingest the whole leave, not just the brewed water. Here at Azuma Pattiserie, only premium quality matcha, imported from the Uji region in Japan is used. I took my first sip of the matcha latte - mmm, tastes like warm milk mixed with grounded green tea. It was good to try something different to the mainstream hot beverage though I think I much prefer matcha in desserts such as cakes and mochi; as a drink, I felt it was a bit overpowering. The Green Tea Chiffon Cake was lovely - made also with matcha, the chiffon cake was light and soft, and not too sweet unlike others I've have bought or chiffon cake recipes I've tried at home. Oh, I can have a lot more than just the one slice! Said to hold less calories than the typical sponge cake, this Azuma signature cake comes in several other flavours - Chocolate, Vanilla, Honey, Earl Grey, Sesame, and Coconut. Hmm, need to plan another visit to try the Sesame and Earl Grey ones for they sound very interesting!
Azuma Cake Set ($8.90) - Green Tea Chiffon Cake and Matcha Latte
As of October 2013, Azuma Patisserie has closed. You can still order their cakes via Azuma Japanese Restaurant using the order form here.