Sunday, August 12, 2012

Zen Q: Sydney City Branch

Zen Q offically opened last week in the city on George Street, on 8th August 2012 to be exact. It is from the same parent company as the famous bubble tea joint Chatime, hence the location is in the same store.
My girlfriend and I decided to try this 'Taiwanese dessert house' before watching a movie so we only had half an hour to kill. We ordered the Strawberry honey toast which cost $16.50 and it mentioned on the menu that the dish serves two.
It took 15 minutes for them to make this, we were so worried that we were going to miss the movie.
The staff kindly told us to take as many photos as we like before he cut it open for us.

(Click on picture to enlarge)

 The menu - so MANY pages I couldn't be bothered taking a photo of them all. But you can check them out here

Step by step guide

It looks so PRETTY!!!
Comes with a side of honey syrup!

VIDEO: The staff showing us how it's done LOL!
(Don't mind the annoying/judgmental voice coming from the table next to us. Some guy was wondering why would they put so much effort in making the dish look nice only to take it apart. Geez what a kill joy!)

 Yup! Don't think we'll be needing dinner after this!

Overall verdict: The honey toast was crunchy and yummy. Goes really well with the syrup and ice cream. It also had custard and cream as well. So much was going on in that dish LOL!

I'll definitely come back again just to try out other dishes from their HUGE menu. Besides the toasts, they also have similar dishes to Meet Fresh e.g. grass jelly, taro, pearls, red bean, sago, etc.
But I am keen to try their Snow Ice which is basically layers of shaved ice.

UPDATE: Second Visit!!

This time I took Mr Panda with me and my girlfriend. We went on a Friday night so the cafe was very busy and we had to wait in line for 15 minutes. Staff all looked a bit distressed and at times quite blur.
For example: The waitress told us to sit at a table with 2 chairs and brought us an extra chair, meanwhile 2 minutes after sitting down, a table which can fit 4 became available, so we asked them if we can move to the bigger table since we felt quite squashed. The waitress instead gave the table away for a couple that had just arrived. But later was reminded by another waiter she was meant to swap our tables.

Mr Panda and I ordered the Mango Honey Toast to share. They only gave us like a tablespoon worth of syrup, and for this HUGE size dessert, definitely wasn't enough.

My Friend's chose to have the "Create your own" dessert and have it served either hot or cold.
She chose Hot Red Bean Soup with Q ball which consists of Taro, Sweet potato and Matcha.

I must point out, the soup was not 'Hot' at all, the bowl it came in with was warm, and the soup itself was below warm. We asked the waiter to warm it up and they said 'No we do not have a microwave'. NOT IMPRESSED!!!!
But apart from that, the soup and sago tasted nice and smells great, and I like that it wasn't too sweet.


Zen Q 
181/569 George Street  Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9267 9880

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