With a motto of fruit to bottle and nothing in between, Ayomo pressed juices are making it easier to access our daily nutrients by opening new locations around Melbourne.
Their original South Melbourne store on Clarendon Street has recently undergone a facelift and has just reopened to serve all the beloved Ayomo juices we have come to know and love as well as some exciting additions.
The Ayomo Super Bowls were impressive. We loved sampling the Dragon Fruit Bowl which is made form dragon fruit, banana, ago and coconut water that is topped with strawberries, kiwi, banana and buckwheat.
There are also the Power Packs which are a gourmet lunch option. We recommend trying their umami laden Salmon and miso pack... Fresh, beautifully cooked and full of flavour.
On the drinks front, the raw shakes are a brilliant thick smoothie packed with super foods.
There is also a new addition to the frozen dessert section, the Freeze Up! which is Melbourne's first cold pressed soft serve. These flavours are derived straight from delicious Ayomo juices. Garden Green was our favourite and is a fantastic combination of apple, celery, cucumber, spinach and kale juice. There is also a wonderfully delicious Macadamia soft serve which you will not regret getting your hands on.
San Churro, Australia’s favourite Spanish chocolateria, has partnered with not-for-profit organisation beyondblue to raise awareness and funds to promote good mental health across Australia, with the café launching its ‘Share a Churros Week’ initiative.
‘Share a Churros Week’ urges Australians to connect, or re-connect over churros, with all 46 San Churros stores donating $1 to beyondblue for every churros dish purchased between Monday 15 – Sunday 21 June.
Also, San Churro has further pledged to double its donation for every in-store churros photo posted to Instagram using the tag #shareachurros, as well as displaying donation boxes at the counters of all stores to raise additional funds!
San Churro is the perfect place to share a sweet treat with friends. The menu is full of refreshing and fun desserts, ice cream sundaes and shakes that are perfect for sunny days and social celebrations. Although San Churro’s delectable churros are what keep us coming back time and time again, San Churro also does some delicious classics like ice cream sundaes and shakes.
Chocolate & Churros Tapas
Our favourite share plate is the "Chocolate & Churros Tapas" share plate which is full of delectable delights such as mini churros, chocolate, deep fried chocolate truffles, choc brownie, strawberries and other chocolate delights.
Located at the Coventry Street-entrance to Chez Dré, Bibelot is an opulent destination for all things sweet; an artisanal patisserie, gelateria, coffee bar, chocolate shop, high tea salon and a library of coffee table books for any dessert aficionado. Good news is, they open tomorrow!
Presented by the creative team behind Chez Dré, Bibelot houses a retail space of beautifully packaged and crafted gourmet gifts; from chocolate bars to enrobed fruit and nuts, decadent biscuits, locally sourced honey as well as specialty coffee and teas.
We were wow-ed by Bibelot’s wide range of petits gâteaux, bonbons, macarons and delicate biscuits. Paying homage to classic French patisserie, each mouthful showcased a combination of high quality ingredients, delicate flavours, artisanship and attention to detail.
Their gelato is also worth a mention... hint: try their pistachio flavour!
Staying true to Bibelot’s European roots, the space designed by Melbourne’s Breathe Architecture boasts an elaborate interior of custom mosaics with art deco influences. From the beautifully crafted recycled timber floors, to the large scale custom designed mosaic wall, every detail of the fit out is representative of the brand ethos – intricacy, opulence and carefully handcrafted creations.
A luxury European-inspired dessert boutique, Bibelot is the perfect addition to the food scene and boutique streetscape of South Melbourne.
Dex2rose is a welcome addition to Melbourne’s frozen desserts scene.
Specialising in premium made to order gelato (using liquid nitrogen), the café sets itself apart from the existing plethora of take-away gelato/ice-cream vendors by offering (as well as encouraging) patrons to chill out at the venue with their delicious coffee and cold pressed juices and soon to be introduced pastries.
Their menu changes every fortnight and features interesting flavours combinations not available anywhere else.
Whilst cold drip coffee has become a staple in the Melbourne coffee scene, Dex2rose have gone several steps further with an Australian first - nitro brew infused with apple and cinnamon. The end result is a complex, smooth, full-bodied brew with a bright juiciness, low acidity and caramel finish.
The Honey Stash was our favourite flavour. Made from top quality Italian ingredients, this Pistachio and Honey gelato surprises with hidden honeyed nut clusters. Topped with a light fresh Raspberry cream, this gelato was to die for.
Left: Lazy Dinner (Sage, Burnt butter & Caramel)
Right: It's a Match-AH (Matcha, crunchy peanut powder)
Pink Flamingo (Peach & Rose Moscato)
Another favourite was the Pink Flamingo. A vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free wonder, this peach and rose moscato sorbet was the perfect treat for a steaming hot Melbourne summer day. We loved the refreshing flavour of the sorbet which combined beautifully with the airy coconut cream which boasted just the right hint of rosewater.
Using a time-old technique of churning ice cream with liquid nitrogen, the result is cool, smooth ice cream in interesting flavours like Lazy Dinner (Sage, burnt butter & Caramel) and Rockkaido (Rock melon & Hokkaido Milk Tea powder).
Location: Access Through Racing Club Lane 377 Little Bourke St Melbourne,
Lovers of gelato have much to celebrate this summer as Pidapopo has opened its new store on Lygon Street – and this time, the store is permanent.
The brainchild of owner and chef Lisa Valmorbida, Pidapipo has quickly built up a reputation for offering fresh, delicious gelato produced in the authentic Italian way.
After studying the art of Gelato at the Carpigiani Gelato University, Lisa returned to Australia to share her moreish creations with the people of Melbourne in a store named after a game she played with her nonno as a child.
Each gelato flavour is made from scratch every day from the highest quality Italian and local ingredients resulting in a fantastic final product. All of the flavours we sampled exhibited impressive purity of flavour. The subtlety and delicacy of flavours such as the Fior Di Latte and the Ricotta gelato were particularly impressive and set Pidapipo apart from its competitors. We were also impressed by the perfect level of sweetness across all flavours - a very welcome contrast from some of the over sweetened gelatos available elsewhere.
Pidapipo will be launching a seasonal range every 3 months to keep things fresh and, as we head into the festive season, we highly recommend indulging in a few scoops of the wonderfully decadent and complex Christmas pudding flavour. Another standout flavour was the pistachio gelato, made with pistachios from Bronte in Sicily.
Pidapipo is steadily building a cult following from lovers of authentic, artisan gelato – and for good reason. As the weather heats up, there is no better time to pop down to Lygon street to check out all of the delicious flavours on offer and welcome Pidapopo permanantly to Melbourne.
Springtime is synonymous with warmer weather, rising spirits and the start of social season. To celebrate, Spanish chocolate cafe San Churro has released a new menu full of refreshing and fun desserts, ice cream sundaes and shakes that are perfect for sunny days and social celebrations.
Although San Churro’s delectable churros are what keep us coming back time and time again, San Churro also does some delicious classics like ice cream sundaes and shakes.
Using trending ingredients and a healthy dose of fun and nostalgia, they have put a creative spin on these traditional summer staples to create an innovative and delicious range of refreshing drinks and light, summery treats that are perfect for sharing.
Ice cream sundaes are a beloved summer indulgence and have received a fun and premium makeover at San Churro.
We had a lot of trouble picking a favourite but thought the new Raspberries & Cream Sundae was a particular delight. Inspired by the iconic Australian Iced Vovo biscuit, the sundae is a refreshing combination of white chocolate ice cream, shortbread crumble, raspberry jam coulis, coconut and fluffy pavlova meringue.
We also loved the new dulce de leche ice cream - texturally perfect ice creams with a beautiful flavour.
San Churro also offers a range of icy cold and refreshing real fruit smoothies, mocktails (including a new Pina Colada Mocktail) and a new range of premium Iced Teas available in lemon with fresh mint and peach with raspberries to quench your thirst on a hot day.
To add something fresh into the mix, we shared a delicious mango smoothie. Made from real mango blended with apple mango juice and ice, it was a refreshing and delicious treat.
With more than 100 items on offer, there’s something delicious to suit all palates and preferences this summer.
Ilya Frozen Yohurt features an array of exciting self-serve frozen yogurt flavours at a weigh-and-pay price.
Gastrology recently sampled 15 delectable flavours at Frochella @ Ilya where we enjoyed their organic, 100% natural, and free from refined cane sugar frozen yogurts.
Owners Natasha and Jason left the corporate world to pursue their passion for good food, (that not only tastes good but is good for you), giving back and having fun - enter, Ilya.
The Ilya frozen yogurt shop is built around the social, consumer experience – we loved the comfortable fittings and furniture.
We loved the array of topping options...
Our favourite topping was the antioxidant goodness which was a delectable blend of yummy goodness including goji, cacao, maca and mixed-berry powder, chia seeds and pepitas.
We sampled 2 menus - Ilya's core and current flavours (menu A) and the new limited edition spring/summer menu (menu B).
One of our favourite items from the core and current flavours was “Flawless” which was quite simply as its name suggested. It was a beautiful coconut frozen yogurt that was made from coconut milk and shredded coconut.
Another favourite was “Sexy and I know it” which was a chocolate froyo which delivered rich and wholesome flavours and yet managed to be dairy-free, animal friendly and decadently chocolaty.
The new limited edition spring menu boasted a cacophony of interesting flavour combinations. We absolutely adored “Lana Del Grey” which was an earl grey tea froyo combined with dried cranberries. We loved the marrying of flavours between the tangy earl grey bergamot notes and the similarly sweet and tart cranberries.
A healthy dessert alternative, Ilya frozen yogurts are proud to be the first and only organic self-serve frozen yogurt in Australia with no cane sugar used in their yogurt base. Made with fresh organic milk, organic Five:AM yogurt, Ilya offers a superior product offering with their yogurt base sweetened with Stevia and Erythitol, setting them apart from the other froyo offerings around town.