8.5 | 1.5 | 1.5 | 2.5
- Great creamy smooth soft serve
- Innovative matcha desserts
- Small store means long lines
- Anything with soft serve
- Anything with matcha
TL;DR – Via Tokyo is bringing soft serve back with one of the best soft serves in Hong Kong. A must try for any soft serve or matcha lover.
So here’s something that will make you angry. I’m not a dessert person. That’s not a typo. I do not like dessert. Yes, even chocolate.
But before you start sticking pins in voodoo dolls and burning effigies, there is hope. There are exceptions to the rule, namely gelato, creme brulee, cheesecake. Essentially anything that is creamy (insert your own dirty joke here).
Unfortunately soft serves were not on that exception list. Soft serves, in my mind, were always the shittier baby cousins of gelato, for kids that could only afford 30c for the processed pig fat at Maccas. Gelato, on the other hand, was for grown ups, bought at a Gelateria with grown up flavours like Rum & Raisin or Tiramisu. Why have soft serve when you can have the real deal?
But I caved. Having seen the all the posts on Instagram, and discovering that the owner, Kosei Kamatani, also runs the Michelin recommended Ramen Jo, I knew I had to try it, just for my own curiosity’s sake.
So choo choo, all aboard the hype train!
Matcha Cone – $30 HKD/$4.50 AUD (8.5/10)
“Woah” was my initial reaction. Unbelievably smooth, as smooth as the best gelatos, with a satisfying creaminess that melts away to give the illusion of lightness. The secret to this is no doubt the creamy Hokkaido milk they use in the soft serve. Being made with matcha powder from Kyoto, the matcha flavour was good as well, nothing like the medicinal flavour of Cho Cho San’s rendition.
There is something I need to warn you about though – This will ruin you for almost all other soft serves. It is as good if not better than the soft serves in it’s namesake, Tokyo. Eat your heart out, Aqua S.
So has Via Tokyo changed my perception of soft serves? Do I like soft serves more than gelato now? Well, yes and no. Soft serves are still for kids.
But there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
So fellow foodies, what’s your favourite soft serve?