It’s 36°C in Brisbane & I’m mad happy to find a cafè with shaved ice, desserts and cold cold coffee! Incredibly spacious with comfy throw pillows along wall benches, the cafè is popular amongst local Koreans and Asians. We found the place on a warm Tuesday afternoon, drawn to the sweet aroma of macarons.
Their mad selection of pastries were snatched up the moment they hit the shelves. A lady in front of me in the queue bought 17.
What’s more famous is their 팥빙수 (patbingsu), or shaven ice, a very popular dessert in Korea! It’s a rare dish in Australia and Passion Tree is one of the only cafès offering this yummy dessert!
I ordered an iced latte and we shared this huge Green Tea 팥빙수 — green tea flavoured shaven ice lavishly topped with almonds, macadamias, honey corn flakes, red bean paste and a huge dollop of green tea ice cream! And when I say huge, I mean it. The glass bowl is about the size of a regular fish tank.
Passion Tree’s 팥빙수 is as close to the originals I’ve had in Seoul, so I must say it’s really darn good. The dessert was basically what we had for lunch besides the meal we had onboard during the flight. It was really filling so I’d suggest sharing it. I’d definitely come back to try their tiramisu and other patbingsu flavours (mango, passion fruit etc!) The cafe’s not that hard to locate once you’re within the Brisbane CBD area, it’s flanked by Queen Street and Albert Street, right next to Myer Centre. Dine away!
Passion Tree, Natural Sweet Cafe
Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
+61 7 3012 8865