Old Garden Dessert Bar
If the Mad Hatter had a cafe in Sydney, it would most likely be Old Garden Dessert Bar. The Pitt Street nursery-inspired cafe is a kaleidoscopic catch of roof ladders, hanging bikes, Edison bulbs. and exposed copper pipes. It also happens to sport the best bingsu and sweet toast in Sydney.
This CBD cafe is for anyone with a lil’ sweet tooth and it stocks one of the biggest patbingsu, also known as bingsu, line-ups in all of Sydney. If you’ve never heard of patbingsu before, it’s basically a traditional icy Korean dessert but before you start comparing it to snow ice cream or Hawaii’s shaved ice, there’s a few things you need to know.
While patbingsu is the OG shave ice tower loaded with the likes of red beans, condensed milk, syrup and fruit, bingsu is its even sweeter counterpart with toppings like milk, yoghurt, chocolate, cereal, ice-cream, fairy floss—the works.
At Old Garden Dessert Bar, there are 15 different types of bingsu to try. While the menu spans creations like taro, banoffee, choco monster, matcha green tea, espresso, milo, and watermelon, the crowd favourite bingsu bowls here are the old garden milk tea packed with grass jelly, palm seed and cornflakes, and the mango cheese pie with fresh mango. The bingsu here is also nothing less than jumbo and will come out from the kitchen in a serving the size of a basketball.
You can also dig into some pretty damn delicious brick-sized sweet toast offerings here (and we highly suggest you do). There’s a short and sweet selection of flavours at Old Garden Dessert Bar, which take inspiration from Japanese honey toast or Shibuya toast. Served in the most over-the-top way possible, you’ll find banana Nutella toast with maple syrup, banana and whipped cream, and Ferrero Nutella with Ferrero Roche, whipped cream, and almond flakes.
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