Kariton Sorbetes Footscray
What started as an ice-cream delivery service out of a proverbial kariton (it means “cart”, referring to the ubiquitous street-food ice-cream carts of the Philippines), is now permanent ice-cream parlour, Kariton Sorbetes.
Helmed by Filipino chef John Rivera (ex-Lume) and Sunda) and Minh Duong (ex-Maha), it’s scooping flavours such as ube halaya (purple-yam gelato with ube jam and caramelised coconut curds); buko pandan (coconut and pandan gelato with pandan jelly and toasted rice flakes); and leche flan (Filipino crème caramel).
Every flavour has been rigorously tested by Rivera’s Filipino father, and is made in-house in small batches. There are daily specials, too, plus handheld treats (house versions of the choc-top and Maxibon) and sliced gelato cakes. Larger, Filipino-Australian-inspired cakes can be pre-ordered.
The space is fitted with faded, pastel-hued walls, while elements such as the metal arch give a more polished feel. The colourful window display and rattan panelling are further nods to Kariton’s Filipino origins.
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