The Kakigori in The Garden's Mall looks pretty similar to the first outlet in Taman Paramount with its minimalist design. The simple decor brings to mind an open courtyard, with small tables and a long bench placed under wooden structures shaped like little huts. Drawings of people playing in the snow on the wall gives the place a charming wintry ambience; a spotlight's beam shines brightly like the full moon over a sketch of Mount Fuji. Yes, it is all quite artsy and cute.
For those who are unfamiliar with Japanese desserts, kakigori is a handcrafted Japanese shaved ice dessert sweetened with condensed milk or syrup, fruits and premium ingredients. Popular flavours here include Uji Matcha, Hojicha, Tiramisu, Avocado, Japanese Pumpkin, Guava, Watermelon, Ginger tofu, Elderberry and Elderflower Espuma.
We were dazzled by all the tempting and colourful pictures in the menu, and finally ordered the signature Uji Matcha Brûlée Kakigori (RM19). Uji Matcha is a must-try flavour here for matcha lovers, as Kakigori uses ceremony-grade, finely ground matcha produced by the award-winning Marukyu-Koyamaen from the Uji region of Kyoto, Japan.
It is definitely a great dessert. The shaved ice is very smooth and fluffy in its consistency like fresh fallen snow, and each spoonful of the kakigori literally melts in your mouth. The flavour of matcha is very distinct, sweetened with kinako milk and red beans. The caramelized custard brûlée topping complements the soft texture of the snowy ice underneath.
Aside from Kakigori’s signature shaved ice desserts, there are also a few new treats you can try that are exclusively available at The Gardens outlet, including soft serves, Anmitsu and Melon Pan. We ordered the Anmitsu (RM22) simply because it looked so aesthetically pleasing.
Well, we loved it! This dessert bowl is filled with lots of classic Japanese ingredients and fruits - kiwi fruit, mini oranges and apple slices, big gooey Shiratama Dango dumplings that reminds one of the Chinese 'tong yuen' (glutinous rice dumplings), Adzuki bean paste, clear & matcha coloured Kanten cubes (Japanese jelly), and a big dollop of Uji Matcha soft serve. For added sweetness, you can pour some brown syrup on it. All the different textures and flavours simply go harmoniously together, making the Anmitsu a runaway winner!
Next up, we had the Melon Pan (RM13). It's a simple dessert but quite ingenious - soft serve Chiba Sweet Potato ice cream sprinkled with black sesame seeds, sandwiched in a warm and crusty bun. You have to eat this real fast though, because the ice cream melts rather quickly and leaves a sticky mess all over your hands. It’s definitely a fun treat for the summer!
Lastly, we had the Yoyogi Custard Pudding (RM11). We have to say, this is by far the sweetest dessert out of all that we tried. The sweet cool custard is enhanced even more by the warm caramel sauce, while its delicate texture is rather soothing to our taste buds. If you have a sweet tooth, this Yoyogi Custard Pudding is a sinful indulgence that is hard to resist!
So, if your feet need a little rest from a full day of shopping, drop by Kakigori (beside Jaya Grocer) and treat yourself to some well-crafted, amazing frosty delights. You have to pace yourself so that you can finish all your ice desserts before they melt, so it helps to share them with a friend. Dig in!
Kakigori can be found at LG-201A, Lower Ground, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur.