I often reach eating capacity before I get to dessert, but the opportunity to preview Azuma's Sugar Hit for this year's event meant dessert before dinner and none of the normal capacity issues.
|East meets West Dessert Bento Box at Azuma, Chifley Square, Sydney|
for Crave Sydney International Food Festival
In addition to, essentially four mini desserts, diners get a choice of a glass of Brown Brothers dessert wine or green tea, as well as a small serve of sake. The nigori cloudy white sake was my pick over the plum or yuzu nigoriflavoured sake.
|Home-made yuzu sorbet|
|Kawaii panna cotta|
The jelly is made from an Okinawan sugar and syrup which is an Azuma family recipe, and it's pretty special.
|Gateaux chocolat (front), Marble Gateaux Cookies (back, right) and nigori yuzu sake|
Again, Azuma turns the normal into something special with an addition of candied violet 'pebbles'. The sweet floral fragrance from these purple bits amazed me - and I only wished there was more.
It was also impressively light in flavour and texture, as Azuma strives to use techniques that use less sugar, cream and other fats.
|Crave Sugar Hit at Azuma|
Another year, another Crave - let the month of eating and drinking begin.
Food, booze and shoes previewed the Sugar Hit as a guest of Azuma.
Note: Azuma announced his three Regent Place, George Street outlets - Kushiyaki, Azuma Patisserie and Ton Ton - will close during October. New, nearby locations are planned in the near-term. Their Crave Sydney International Food Festival events will all be taking place at Azuma in Chifley Square.