It’s the Matcha chocolate ganache tart that gives it away – a pretty little pie case filled with two shades of green chocolate filling… We may be in Southport suburbia, but we’ve just stumbled upon a well-respected chef in a most unexpected locale.
‘Chanoyu’, meaning ‘a gathering of people to enjoy food and coffee together’, is a place to relax and enjoy some well-made café food with a Japanese taste.
Shin Sugiyama, Chanoyu’s owner, came to Australia as a teenager. After going back to Japan to train in traditional Japanese food, he returned to Australia to work as a chef in Japanese restaurants, major hotels and one of our most popular cafés.
In August 2016, Chef Shin opened his own café, making everything in house except for the milk buns. There’s a tasty Japanese tweek to the all-day keenly-priced menu, such as Croque monsieur with miso béchamel and yuzu coleslaw, and Katsu pork fillet in soft white ribbon sandwiches.
Shin gives us his recipe for muffins laced with strawberries, just one of the matcha-based treats he has in his shop. (You’ll have to visit Chanoyu to try Shin’s exquisite Matcha chocolate ganache tart accompanied by a matcha latte.)
Chanoyu, 1/19 Alicia Street, Southport Ph: 07 5532 2442