A brand new gelato bar has just opened in the heart of Darlinghurst! Introducing RivaReno which hails from Italy, this established gelato chain has opened up its first branch outside of the mother country with its new Sydney store. RivaReno brings a taste of the land of gelato to our shores by serving up a premium range of creamy and fruity gelatos, along with sorbets, granitas and yoghurt. Unlike the open displays which are the norm at gelato stores throughout Sydney, RivaReno keeps their gelatos under wraps in steel containers to maintain optimum serving temperature and the result is a delectably soft gelato which stays true to its flavour.
Sydney is now spoilt for choice when it comes to frozen yoghurt (froyo), with many franchised chains popping up in suburbs all across the city. So it’s actually quite refreshing to hear about Cherrypick, an independent family run frozen yoghurt store in Darlinghurst.
Earlier in the year, Helen (our designer) introduced me to Jazz City Diner. It is a tiny American diner just off Oxford St that takes you back to another age; there is jazz music playing in the background, booths with retro seats and waitresses donning old school outfits. Back then, the diner was still relatively obscure and was easy to get a table but since then it has exploded in popularity and with good reason too.
Hidden away just off the bustling Oxford Street of Darlinghurst lies a small courtyard surrounded by restaurants. It’s a nice quiet neighbourhood that is private enough to escape the city rush but close enough to return once you’ve had your food fix.
I am a massive fan of frozen yoghurt (or ‘froyo’) and am super delighted that the commercialisation of froyo parlours is rapidly increasing. Today I am visiting Wowcow, a froyo store at Darlinghurst which is just a short walk from Kings Cross station.
Wowcow has multiple locations including Newtown and Parramatta (coming soon!) and as expected, their branding and decor feature cow-themed interiors. They have a great selection of yoghurt flavours and toppings similar to Moochi and Noggi, but unlike them, Wowcow feature a rotating roster of yoghurt flavours. Their staples consists of vanilla and chocolate and an additional two flavours which change weekly out of a total of 16 flavours (this week’s is mango and chai).
Vanilla/Mango Yoghurt with Yoghurt Chips and Mango Pearls – $6.50 for a medium cup +$1 per topping
Today my eating companion and I are sharing a double flavoured yoghurt with two toppings. Our mango yoghurt is very fruity and reminiscent of mango gelato. I find the vanilla a bit sour and less creamy than Moochi/Noggi but equally delicious in its own way.
Our toppings included some interesting mango pearls and yoghurt chips. The yoghurt chips tasted like small bits of white chocolate, but the mango pearls were delicious! They looked like giant yellow-ish fish roe and these pearls would burst in your mouth, releasing mango juice.
Overall, I am loving Wowcow, and loving that a branch is opening soon at Parramatta which is much closer to me. Their yoghurts equal Moochi/Noggi in deliciousness but they definitely have much more interesting toppings. I can’t wait to go back to try their ever changing flavours!
308/304-310 Victoria St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 9326 0400