CCU Undercover: Mooberry Dessert & Breakfast Bar

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She felt like Pinocchio. It had been so long since CCU had stretched her legs and gone to her closet, looking past party dress, sweatpants and fat pants, for her trench coat.

She was all wooden, all rusty, and she could feel her skin scrape as if she had a million splinters stuck into her. “Just get past this’, she kept muttering to herself.

“Once you are into your reviewing, it will all come back to you…”

And it totally did. In the wonderful vicinity of a frozen yoghurt haven known as Mooberry

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Ok so I think I have the best bunch of blogging mates around. One such being Tina, who is a year older than me, running an amazing blog called Food For Tina! Now this girl has tons of contacts, as she reviews basically every restaurant she eats at, and she has such a spunky personality, you can’t help but want to keep in touch :)

Now, Tina got an invite from a Fro-Yo bar called Mooberrytheir most famous store being in Sydney’s hipster haven of Newtown, to come along to their launch for a new store opening in Neutral Bay.

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This was so, no ordinary store. It promised three levels of absolute fro-yo mayhem, a catered dinner and, as you can probably tell, a full on red-carpetted event. Pretty darn awesome :D
Now,  Tina already had plans for that evening, so she asked me to take her place. I may have screamed a little when I got her email explaining all this, but I was all condolences and said, for the blogging world, I would go.

Of course. ;)

This launch sounded super promising. Catered by the likes of Sam Thai, and sponsored by big BIG brands such as Peroni, Patron and Porsche (yep… the car!!!), I had super high hopes for such an amaze balls store!

A little later on, you could not even see the bike!

A little later on, you could not even see the bike!

So there was, feeling overdressed slightly, dragging my brother in tow to meander through the Northern shore and reach the dessert bar. Though I promise you, as soon as I got there I felt fine. There was a mixed crowd, albeit mostly my age or a little older (in the cool age of 22, 23 and 25!) along with a range of other bloggers, professional photographers and random plus ones/owner friends.

Some people wore faux fur, others were in T-shirts, some wore skin tight mini dresses, and I wore leggings. But everyone mixed because if Fro-Yo does anything, it brings people together :)

Now, I think I have to review the food (well.. dessert) and the launch a little separately in this post. You will see why. :P

Surreal right?

Surreal right?

As far as the launch went, it was definitely set up to be quite a flashy, wonderful event. Professional photographers wandering inside and out, a red carpet at the front, and a wonderful staff greeting, posing and serving, despite being flustered at times. That was definitely great!

The decorations were jazzy, the signature moose-heads were glowing white and the live band was incredible! On the second floor of building (because yes, it is definitely quite floors), they changed each song they sang to incorporate the words ‘fro-yo’ into them, I kid you not! :D

My favourite decoration was the shiny black Porsche packed outside. I would definitely drive that baby home but I couldn’t seem to find the keys…

Hot dayummmm

Hot dayummmm

Anyhow, as you can tell probably from the photos though, this place was packed. A small building of three floors on the main strip of Neutral Bay, can hardly be expected to house the roughly 200 people there. Maybe 50, 100 max?
I didn’t even get to meet and greet with the owners of this store!!!

I did overhear them saying that there would be seating placed outside the store and obviously, eating would be a lot easier, but I thought maybe they overbooked the launch slightly. Being unable to literally breathe on the third floor, my bro and I hung out mostly downstairs before exiting.

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Having said this, being so jam packed into a relatively smaller area meant you talked to a lot of people. Once you made awkward eye contact that strangers do, you started talking and it felt really cool! We met a couple of random owner friends, and plus ones who literally were there for the free fro-yo, but I was also super lucky enough to meet some fellow Aussie bloggers!

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I ran into Tania from My Kitchen Stories (we exchanged cards, kind of had a fangirl moment that I revealed to my brother later on!), was lucky enough to converse with Yael from the team at Eat Drink Play and actually died a little when I met the adorable Kelly from Ms Brûlée. She said she liked my blog. A super professional blogger told my face she liked my blog.

Gaaaaah. :D

Leading up to the band!

Leading up to the band!

Unfortunately, the heat was making my bro and I both a bit crazy and I was sweating (TMI I know… that’s too much info, for non-text-talkers :P) so we had to leave early but we saw many people afterwards from the launch, who, I assume, left for the same reasons. My brother and I ended up having dinner (because Sam Thai provided canapés for the launch) at a Japanese Barbecue close by and I am pretty sure Miss Australia passed us.

Wonder if she can eat these?

Wonder if she can eat these?

Or these?

Or these?

 

Not a super pretty person. I mean legit, Miss Australia. I think my brother wanted a photo with her. She had an amazing pink gown. Totally should have run up and asked for a photo #regrets

Conclusion: Mooberry owners have serious contacts :D

So yes, a little more intimate, and this launch could have been pretty perfect. But I am going to give it a nice 7/10 :)

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I bet half of you have already scrolled down, trying to find when I stop my blabbing and start describing in a food-pornish manner. We were greeted at the door, asked for our names, and entered to the smells of Thai appetisers mixing with the refreshing scent of fro-yo, hints of alcohol permeating the air.

Where do you think I headed? Right for the drinks of course! Jokes, jokes… no sorry true, I wasn’t to try the martini espressos they had at the little bar on the right corner of the fro-yo station. Now, I heard from a couple I was talking to that it was quite strong and delicious, but I actually didn’t try it.

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Got a little distracted by the Bellini, a cocktail mix of sparkling wine and peach nectar. I’m just sorry I can’t show you the froth at the top (that photo got blurry when someone bumped me!). It was lovely, reminding me of the refreshing taste of Mimosa actually, but with a kick for the evening as opposed to a brunch. Sharp, but sweetened by the peaches :)

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Besides the open bar keeping the downstairs nice and full, there was a selection of different appetisers from Sam Thai. Large foil tins continually being replaced, these contained a mix of curry puffs, chicken satay, sprain rolls and prawn crackers.

They were emptying so fast that a new tray was brought out and almost immediately had to be refilled! Sorry for the bad picture (lighting issues!). I tried a curry puff, and it was savoury goodness with a good crunch on the outside and soft, warm potato-y filling inside :)

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My brother had a lot of chicken satay. It was his succulent piece of heaven. You could just see it would be full of flavour, not crusty or dry at all. The quality of these entrees was definitely quite good, and I love a good Thai dinner anyway, so soon one day, I think I might go and review Sam Thai on its own :D

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With dessert right next door no?!

Moving on to the most important business of the night. The frozen yoghurt of course! It was actually some of the best frozen yoghurt I have eaten.

I feel like most fro-yo shops tend to make it like ice cream, super creamy without the freshness that yoghurt delivers. Mooberry keeps it creamy, but fresh, and it does taste different to both a soft serve and ice cream, thankfully!

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We were allowed two free toppings each, with the choice of coconut, plain, chocolate and pomegranate frozen yoghurt base. I’m sure though, that you were allowed to go back and get more fro-yo if you desired, a chance I don’t think, utilised at all! :P

The range of toppings was fantastic! From chocolate to coconut, fruits to jelly, it catered to everyone, and it was well organised system, serving that much fro-yo to so many people!

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My brother chose coconut, I am pretty sure, topped with a passionfruit sauce and blueberries. He was grinning ear to ear, and he does not enjoy dessert so much… :D

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I loved my pomegranate flavoured fro-yo, swirled perfectly and generously, and adorned by maltesers and bursts of green lychee balls. The generosity is what I really appreciated, it made the flavour even sweeter!

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General Information:

  • I would definitely go back after opening – when not so crowded, it is in a great location, has a fantastic atmosphere stimulated by its decor, and the fro-yo is definitely better than commendable
  • I would give the establishment and fro-yo a solid rating of 9/10 
  • Now that I am in the city more often for uni, I will definitely be taking friends there to enjoy and review more flavours and toppings!

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Address:

Shop 4 162 Military Rd
Neutral Bay, NSW
2089

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MooBerryFroyo 

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*Disclaimer: Go Bake Yourself ate as guests of Mooberry Dessert & Breakfast Bar, but any opinions of the food and drink given in this post are all my own.*

Thanks for quite the memorable experience with really good fro-yo Mooberry!

Also, seriously apologising for how dark some photos are, but in the crowd and lack of proper lighting, my camera was not faring too well! :P

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Carolyn Chan April 4, 2014, 2:06 pm

Sounds like a fun and amazing night !
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Ramona March 9, 2014, 10:38 am

I could use a big serving of mooberry tonight… with loads of toppings. Love the review…. but you made me hungry. :)
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laurasmess March 7, 2014, 7:48 pm

Sounds absolutely delicious Uru! Haha… I’ve only been to a couple of openings myself and I totally get the fangirl excitement. Yay for blogger networking! x
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Nami | Just One Cookbook March 6, 2014, 8:57 am

I get way too excited when I see so many toppings! And if don’t have to pay… he he he. Sounds like you had a fun night! And yeah where’s your key! I’d be your passenger. ;)
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Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl March 6, 2014, 1:08 am

Was waiting for the food porn pictures and that’s what I got. Looks major yum!

Katerina March 4, 2014, 7:52 pm

I miss so much summer and ice cream!

Hotly Spiced March 4, 2014, 2:09 pm

I think a lot of these places over-invite because they factor in that there will be a percentage that won’t turn up. They clearly got it wrong this night! The yoghurt looks very good especially if you’re hot and sweaty xx

Reeni March 4, 2014, 12:31 pm

I’m so happy you got to go this fun event! Everything looks yummy! :-)

Joanne Willcox March 4, 2014, 5:47 am

It looks delicious and sounds like a great place. Wish we were closer.

minnie March 4, 2014, 5:30 am

What a fun event and sure looks like you had a blast! So lucky! Frozen yogurt…yumm…. right now, we are so frozen that it looks like a dream….

Joanne March 3, 2014, 11:28 pm

I love putting boba on my frozen yogurt! So many fun topping options!

Sugar et al March 3, 2014, 4:19 pm

Wow! Love the toppings and sounds like a fun event. I’m up for any dessert bar. Bookmarking!

mjskit March 3, 2014, 2:01 pm

Even though it was quite crowded it sounds like it was still a fun event. Always fun meeting other bloggers! Well, you certainly went for the drinks and food I would have gone for.

Nava Krishnan March 3, 2014, 1:11 pm

Nice to read about the event; meeting other bloggers and of course, the goodies.

Shirley Tay (Blackswan) March 3, 2014, 12:47 am

Eat, Play & Be Merry! You seem to have them all covered!

I Wilkerson March 3, 2014, 12:11 am

This totally made me want frozen yogurt for breakfast this morning! Do you think that’s okay? (Do I know who to ask ;-) )

Anonymous March 2, 2014, 11:01 pm

i need to make this!

Choc Chip Uru March 3, 2014, 6:52 pm

Thank you! Sorry just who is this? :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Bam's Kitchen March 2, 2014, 10:21 pm

Yum! I love frozen yogurt with all of the toppings. What are the little jellies that look like caviar? What do they taste like? Nice review CCU. Take Care, BAM

Barb Bamber March 2, 2014, 4:21 pm

Aren’t you a lucky girl getting asked to cover that event? Our fro-yo doesn’t have appies and drinks like yours, so that was a nice addition. My daughter and I love fro-yo.. so if we’re ever in your neighborhood we’d def try out Mooberry!

Hannah March 2, 2014, 3:49 pm

Popping boba!!! I’m not gonna lie, I love those things even more than froyo itself, and I have no shame when it comes to loading up on them at the topping bar. In the rare event that I can find a dairy-free base, that is one of my big guilty indulgences. ;)

Anne@FromMySweetHeart March 2, 2014, 1:43 pm

Oh what an awesome experience Uru! So very kind of you to help your friend Tina out on this one! But how wonderful that you got to meet some fellow bloggers, too. : )

Kathy March 2, 2014, 12:20 pm

Sounds like a fun time…the mooberry looks yummy!

Sandra March 2, 2014, 11:06 am

You are living the life girl!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 2, 2014, 10:32 am

You definitely met some of the nicest bloggers out there! And what a fun time you look to have had. :)

Catherine March 2, 2014, 8:33 am

Sounds like a great time that you and your brother spent.
Sounds like you both enjoyed your dinner and dessert.
You really gave a wonderful review. It was enjoyable to read.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

My Inner Chick March 2, 2014, 7:32 am

YOU are sooo sweet bringing your brother w/ you, dear.
This looks Fabulous. I adore looking at & tasting FOOD!
Btw, my prediction is that YOU WILL be driving a Porsche before you are 25 years old. Xxx

Juliana March 2, 2014, 5:51 am

What a fun event…the frozen yogurt looks great…love all the topping on it!
Have a great weekend :D

Liz March 2, 2014, 5:21 am

How fun that you met Tania and the other bloggers. Looks like a delightful event :)

Balvinder March 2, 2014, 2:24 am

Looks like an exciting event. I would enjoy the chicken satay like your brother.

Barbara March 1, 2014, 10:59 pm

I’m wanting that froyo…but even more, I’m wanting that Porsche!

Debra March 1, 2014, 6:15 pm

What a fun experience! I think the opportunity to review such a nice event is proof that your opinion is valued and respected. And it’s great you had the chance to meet some fellow bloggers. This was very nice to read, Uru. I also thought your pictures were very nice. I didn’t find them too dark at all! :-)

Sandra - The Foodie Affair March 1, 2014, 5:45 pm

Frozen yogurt with all those toppings, fabulous!!

cakewhiz March 1, 2014, 5:31 pm

oh man! i have missed u so much hun! i have been trying to stay in touch with all of my blogging friends through facebook but my little one is keeping me on my toes and i am sooo tired by the time he sleeps that i have no energy to visit blogs as much as I would like :( I am trying to get him on some sort of a schedule so that i can blog and have some fun too…hehe.

Anyways, enough with my whining…i have been browsing through your last few posts and wow! everything looks amazing… you have been one busy gal :)

Anonymous March 1, 2014, 3:57 pm

I find launches like this make reviews quite challenging! Sounds good though :)

Choc Chip Uru March 1, 2014, 3:59 pm

It is harder due to large number of people but it is fun :D
Who is this by the way? It came up with someone as some people see no name, etc. boxes to comment with… a little blog quirk I am trying to fix :P

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

ATasteOfMadness March 1, 2014, 3:29 pm

What a night! That sounds so exciting!
And I am a huge sucker for frozen yogurt :)

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 1, 2014, 3:24 pm

That looks like so much fun! I love bellinis and yogurt… and German cars. ;)

Asmita March 1, 2014, 11:36 am

Sounds like a lot of fun!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef February 28, 2014, 11:05 pm

That would have been a bit crowded for me, especially that sweating stuff. The yogurt does sound good though. I’d like some right now.

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) February 28, 2014, 9:12 pm

OOOOOH such fun!!!

GiGi Eats February 28, 2014, 8:33 pm

OMG NO. If I could still eat dairy, wheat, gluten, sugar, etc – I PROBABLY would have been kicked out of that party for EATING TOO MUCH!! ah ha ha!

Diane February 28, 2014, 7:54 pm

Wow, that’s impressive. So who had the keys to the Porsche? I can’t see why they wouldn’t let you take it for a little spin.

deepti February 28, 2014, 7:14 pm

Looks so much fun and would love frozen yogurt anytime….

A_Boleyn February 28, 2014, 7:03 pm

Great food but I like a quieter, less crowded place when I go out.

suzanne February 28, 2014, 6:58 pm

Looks like so much fun, pretty crowded but fun nonetheless, that yogurt looks delish!!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes February 28, 2014, 6:12 pm

Mmm now I want frozen yogurt!

Kim@Treats & Trinkets February 28, 2014, 6:03 pm

I looooooooooove fro-yo. For some reason, it’s something you get addicted to in college. I don’t know why. Of course, there are worse things to get addicted to, I suppose. :D

I’m surprised that they charge by topping. Most of the fro-yo places are self-serve and charge by weight. But maybe that’s a Jersey thing.

John@Kitchen Riffs February 28, 2014, 4:10 pm

Sounds like a fun place. Of course anywhere you can get a Bellini is a fun place! Good review — thanks.

Liz February 28, 2014, 3:30 pm

FUN!!!

betsyb February 28, 2014, 3:02 pm

Looks like an interesting event and a well fed one! I haven’t had frozen yogurt in ages and it’s going up to 70 here on Sunday…hmmmm. :)

Jennifer Eloff February 28, 2014, 3:00 pm

Wow, now I’d love some of that frozen yogurt. What a well-organized place.

My Kitchen Stories February 28, 2014, 10:23 am

Well hello, Miss Choc chip aru if it wasn’t so loud and hot in their I might have put two and two together and come up with go bake yourself. I only know you as choc chip aru . It was a pleasure to meet you. I am happy you got the invite and happy you had a great time. thanks for introducing me to some of the other blogs you like too.

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