Merging textured toppings, pillowy soft shaved ice, and seasonal ingredients, Bonsai Kakigōri delivers textured taste that plain ol’ ice cream could only dream of.
Kakigōri dates back to the early 11th century, frozen blocks of ice from Japan’s crisp lakes would be preserved in the early spring months to be finely shaved later. This cold base would be paired with syrups and other desserts and usually served only to japan’s elite class in the summers. With the rise of refrigeration in the 19th century, the ability to preserve ice was less costly and the delicious joy of Kakigōri could be enjoyed by the wider public.
Walking into the shop one is immediately greeted by friendly faces, and a knowledgeable prep team who are happy to indulge curious customers about the history of this frozen treat. When you sit down, expect a bright, pastel-toned environment, and plenty of fresh air circulating from the open-plan storefront. Your Bonsai team prepares your Kakigōri in front of you while providing information on each delicious layer of toppings.
This month, Bonsai Kakigōri has introduced a tribute to Ivan Ramen with their new flavor: Ivan’s Quadruple Coffee Crunch Surprise. Do yourself a favor and skip your afternoon coffee for this instead. The sweet espresso flavor mixed with the robust coffee jelly cubes and espresso mousse are nothing to sleep on. Much like a deliciously-cold cake, this dessert melts into creamy caramel notes punctuated by the crunch of roasted almonds and a cool refreshing coffee-ice base. Get ready for this to be your new summer craving.
Behind this month’s featured Ice there’s a story to be told. From starting as a dishwasher at 15 to opening a top Ramen shop in Japan, Ivan’s journey as a chef has been extraordinary to say the least. Seeing Ivan Ramen as an inspiration, Bonsai Kakigōri set out to create a flavor as unique as his story.
“Ivan’s an amazing chef and we’re proud to honor his work with a flavor inspired by the thoughtful way he approaches food” said one team member excitedly.