It all began with a love affair over fro-yo.
Janine, who has an intense love of fro-yo, insisted that her hubby John drive her around Sydney in search of fro-yo. She did this so often that one day, John said: ‘You know what? Let’s just open a fro-yo store.’
And that’s how Mooberry was born early this year.
Okay so maybe there’s a bit more of a story there, but that’s the general gist of how this establishment was literally a labour of love from these two.
Mooberry is located on the bustling King Street in Newtown and at the moment there’s only the one shop with potential plans for more stores. I received an invite from John to bring a couple of friends down to sample some fro-yo, so with Kulinary Adventures of Kath and Fashion Obsessed Girl in tow, I paid them a visit one sunny Sunday.
The little cafe (fro-yo bar?) is decorated in the quirkiest fashion, with faux hedge walls, white stag heads and assorted picture frames hung sporadically on the right-hand side entrance wall. It’s cute, charming and fun.
Being fro-yo, of course they have a large selection of toppings ranging from pomegranate seeds to those slightly strange flavoured-starch jelly balls that seem to be everywhere nowadays.
We were invited to take a seat while a sample of things were brought out to us. For Kath and I, this was our first taste of fro-yo..can you believe it?
Mooberry’s fro-yo is 98% fat free, low in sugar, is made fresh daily, gluten free, high in protein and calcium, has no artificial additives, and is also probiotic. Surely it must be good for you then? 😉
The yoghurt here is served by the sales assistant – which is really much cheaper as when you serve the yoghurt yourself you do tend to have a bit of a tendency to go overboard with your eagerness. She gave us a selection of the four flavours on offer for the day: Original, Coconut, Biscotti and Blood Orange.
The yoghurts are all Greek-yoghurt based, and the original had the distinct yoghurt taste, which would pair well with many of the fruit toppings available at the counter. The biscotti was quite nice, the blood-orange was almost sorbet-like and incredibly flavoursome, but the favourite for all three of us girls was the coconut. The coconut flavour is the pride and joy of Mooberry and is always available alongside the original. It’s also the basis of many of their other desserts, such as their specialty, the Coconut Affogato ($6.50), a gorgeous high tower of whipped fro-yo which has a shot of heady espresso poured over it before it’s topped with shaved coconut.
For coffee-lovers, this is a must try. We loved the coconut fro-yo so much that we also just ordered it on its own, with two fruit toppings of pomegranate seeds and passionfruit pulp.
We were slightly straining at this point and I asked the assistant if the serving was a medium or large, and she said it was actually a small serving ($4.50 + toppings at $0.70). What a bargain! At most ice cream and gelato places a single scoop will set you back by $5 at least, with no toppings to speak of.
While we were resting, the assistant also brought over a sample of their Mango Passion Smoothie (regular for $6) which was lovely and refreshing.
Our churros then arrived, and what makes these different is that these churros are baked, not fried and served with melted Belgian milk chocolate ($8 for one/$12 for a two person serving). Mooberry also offers chocolate souffles, Belgian waffles and a variety of other sweet desserts. These desserts are what distinguishes Mooberry from all the other fro-yo places across Sydney.
We found the churros a lot less oiler than your usual fried churros, but they were still nicely crispy on the outside and covered with just the right amount of powdered sugar. Soft and almost cake-y on the inside, they were simply delicious dipped into the little generous pot of chocolate.
At this point we were simply stuffed and had to turn down the offer of a souffle or waffles. Brain says yes but stomach says no to more sweetness!
A gorgeous fro-yo store and I couldn’t have chosen a better place to introduce myself to fro-yo. I’ll definitely be back for that coconut affogato and those scrumptious churros. Fingers crossed that they open a few more stores across Sydney!
Mooberry: Real Froyo and Smoothies
160 King Street,
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9557 4208