Kariton Sorbetes, 50 Leeds Street, Footscray.
Think there’s a buzz and hububb, a pronounced air of delicious trendiness, surrounding Footscray’s new Filipino gelati joint?
Bennie and I first check it out a day or so after it opened.
It was Australia Day and 34C.
Yet still, as spied during our drive-by, the queue was something like 50 metres.
We’ll wait until the fuss has died down.
Maybe this year; maybe next.
But then, just days later, on a Saturday of lunching and market shopping – when you’d expect the crowd to be just as intense – we find the place pretty much deserted.
So in we go.
Looking at the Kariton FB page and website, we’d somehow gained the impression the place is mainly about fancy pre-made specialties.
Think “curated”, “styled” or maybe “designer-constructed”.
So we are thrilled to discover that in addition to such fridge items, Kariton does indeed serve up a range of flavours by the scoop and in cup or cone.
It’s a neat place to hang while slurping.
Seating is down to a plain wall-side bench, while we prop at the stand-up bar at the window.
Bennie goes with ube halaya, described as “creamy purple yam (ube) gelato topped with our rich and decadent ube jam, preserved blackberry and malty, toasty latik (caramelised coconut curds)”.
For me, it’s a scoop of buko pandan – “velvety coconut and pandan gelato with pandan jelly, candied coconut and crispy, toasted pinipig (rice flakes)”.
Wowee, this is some really great stuff and absolutely worth every cent of the $5.50 admission fee.
The experience is quite unlike Italian gelati – and seemingly a lot more creamy.
I reckon Kariton will become a regular for us when we’re in the icy mood.
In the process, we’ll no doubt check out some of the more adventurous flavours.
Though we’re bound to be cautious when it comes to ingredients such as durian and fish sauce!