A new dessert chain that’s fresh off the boat from Japan to Melbourne’s shores is Tsujiri, which takes it’s residence over the former Guylian cafe on Swanston Street. The matcha soft serve is decently good but is pretty overpriced. Most of the options are tipping around the $10 mark. And this is machine bled soft serve confectionery (with some minor additions).
I went for the Tsujiri sundae which is like an ogre, in that it is green and has many layers. Roasted brown rice is on the bottom. Red bean paste in the middle along with soft serve of your flavour selection. And the top is a cherry blossom wafer, a single chestnut and a single shiratama ball (it’s like mochi) on top. Basically a tiny bit of everything as well as some Instagram-prettiness from the pink wafer.
I opted for the matcha/ vanilla blend soft serve. Itt was a bit too melty, it was a pretty interesting and varied sweet treat with a great matcha taste. My friend ordered the matcha shake and said the flavour on that was top notch too. This is pricer than the usual Starbucks effort she gets.
We enjoyed our time with Tsujiri but it feels too expensive for what you get. I didn’t care too much for the roasted rice, would have preferred a little more soft serve. Of course, there are other options which are without the sundae-like additions. The matcha is delightful though. I don’t often have such good matcha flavour options, so you know there is a generous helping of the powder in the mix.
As a major international chain you can find Tsujiri stores everywhere and the consistency is there. If you are a fun of matcha it’s a no brainer for a sample, but probably not one of those places that I’ll be returning to too often.