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Passiontree - Chatswood (Sydney)

Gigantic melon bingsoos, honey bread, and hot chocolate? Yes, please! Dessert-lovers will certainly get a kick out of Passiontree’s summer menu. Located conveniently at Chatswood Interchange, the dessert bar satisfies all sugar cravings.

The enormous watermelon bingsoo ($20) is the perfect summer dessert. Served in a big clear bowl, a watermelon hemisphere that’s been partly scooped out with a melon baller is filled with watermelon shaved ice, then topped with watermelon balls and a watermelon popsicle. The watermelon shaved ice has a hint of condensed milk (as bingsoo should). This special summer bingsoo is also available with rockmelon or honeydew melon.

The peanut butter honey bread ($14.90) is the best of the bunch we try today. As thick as a brick, the soft white toast is topped with a layer of peanut butter crumbs, and sexy honey is dripping down the sides. Then there’s a mountain of whipped cream on top, with ice cream hiding inside. I dub thee, ‘Crouching Honey Bread, Hidden Ice Cream’. Those looking for something a bit simpler, there’s also a plain honey bread or chocolate honey bread.

The strawberry tower, albeit aesthetically appealing and refreshing in flavour, isn’t our favourite. The tower itself is made of strawberry ice, adorned with slices of fresh banana and strawberry, then finished with a good heap of whipped cream.

The passionfruit passion soda ($5) is exactly as you’d expect: a fizzy, thirst-quenching passionfruit drink. Dark hot chocolate with chilli ($6.50) is served in a huge bowl, and the Turkish delight Passioncino ($6.50 for regular $7 for large) is an ice blended frappe that tastes exactly like Turkish delight chocolates.

Bottom line: you need a sweet tooth if you’re dropping in to Passiontree. And the best way to get more variety is to come in a bigger group, so you can share.

Passiontree
T67 Chatswood Interchange, Chatswood
436 Victoria Ave, Chatswood, NSW, 2067
(Above the station)
Website: http://www.passiontree.com.au/
Opening times:
11:30am to 10:30pm every day (last orders 9:30pm)