I mentioned in my previous post that I love Haagen-Dazs. Actually when I visit Japan, most nights I would get a single serve tub from the conbini, and green tea is my favourite. It was actually in Japan many years ago that I first tasted Haagen-Dazs. We don’t get Haagen-Dazs here in Australia, hence I associate the brand of ice cream with my visits to Japan. Although I now eat it when I’m in other parts of Asia, I still associate it specifically with Japan, haha. Strange, but HD ice cream is linked to my travelling experiences in Japan.
So guess who was ridiculously excited when Haagen-Dazs set up a pop-up store in Melbourne (and moving on to Sydney next)? They have been at Federation Square since March 11 and will run to April 15 (closed Mondays).
It’s a little pop-up store, with some tables inside, and a fenced off seating area outdoors. There is table service upon entering, and we chose to sit outside.
There is no way of actually seeing the ice cream, so there’s also no tasting unfortunately. For dining there, there are 12 flavours available. For pints to take away, there are 6 flavours available (although green tea pints have now sold out). Fortunately I’d already tried all the flavours I wanted to buy and did buy them, so for eating in that day, I decided to go for some other flavours. I went with macadamia nut brittle and salted caramel. T went with mint leaves & chocolate and coffee.
Two scoops may have been a bad decision. The weather was mild and we weren’t in strong sunlight, but the ice cream was melting everywhere too fast for us to eat. Perhaps it had something to do with sitting on a plate rather than in a cup…? Or perhaps I was just too greedy.
Of course we picked up several pints. In fact, three each!
We both got (previously tried) green tea and caramel biscuit & cream (these two are phenomenal and so sooo delicious!). Then I got raspberry & mango while T opted for belgian chocolate. I’m sure I will steal some of his in the future! He also joked that I would probably hoard my ice cream until eventually they were easily available in Melbourne…
See: Haagen-Dazs Australia
PS: They said they would be available for purchase in Australia by the end of the year!