During our recent Japan trip, I’ve learned about a shaved ice dessert called “kakigori” that is quite popular in certain areas despite the cold weather. Too bad we weren’t able to try some during our stay at the Land of the Rising Sun, but we’re in luck because a new shop that offers just that is set to open in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City this June!
Shari Shari Kakigori is a Japanese shaved ice dessert house that first opened its doors in Hong Kong. With its first store in Manila, Shari Shari is bringing in 11 of its hit flavors – including Earl Grey Milk Tea, Matcha Cream Special, and Strawberry Special; and 1 bowl exclusively made for the Philippine market – Cantaloupe Melon.
Each shaved ice dessert is paired with a signature syrup and topping or powder. You can also add your own twist to every serving by order either ice cream, shiratama (a type of mochi), cookies, cream, red bean, chocolate sauce, kuromitsu (black honey), and a variety of powders. The ice doesn’t feel like ice because of its smooth and fluffy texture. This is made possible by their ice machines that came all the way from Japan!
Coming from our first ever kakigori experience, here are our top 3 picks:
1.Matcha Cream Special (with Kuromitsu)
I have one word for this: HEAVENLY! The cloud-like texture of the ice which is perfectly mixed with the matcha cream from Japan just makes you want more and more spoonfuls of kakigori! It’s made with a combination of shaved ice, matcha cream, kuromitsu, whipped cream, and cookies. We were told that it’s one of their bestsellers and now we know why. Try it for yourself! We’re sure that we’ll come back for more soon.
2. Strawberry Special
The right mix of sweet, creamy, and a bit of sourness from the actual fruit – these are what you’ll get in one serving of Strawberry Special. I like strawberries so this was an easy (and safe) choice for me.
3. Cantaloupe Melon
According to Chef Shingo, this Philippine-exclusive flavor was made with melons from local farms to ensure a sweet, juicy taste in every serving. It’s not super sweet so you can surely finish a bowl on your own.
Other flavors in the menu include Japanese Tofu & Mikan Orange, Cantaloupe Melon, Tiramisu, and Mango. There are flavors that have not been disclosed to us so it’s up to you to check it out for yourselves! We’ve heard that they will constantly change their menu based on what’s in season and incorporate these in their kakigori for a sweet Japanese twist. What an awesome move to keep customers coming back for more, TBH.
The only downside to this sweet treat is that you have to eat it faster than an ice cream because it melts quickly, especially if you mix it.
One bowl is good for sharing in case you want to bring a friend with you, but if you’re ordering something like Matcha Cream Special, we highly suggest to eat it all on your own! Price range is around P270 to P380, but exact prices will be available soon on their Facebook page.
Not to be confused with Korea’s bingsu, kakigori takes pride in its flavorful syrup and smooth ice. Try it at the first ever Shari Shari Kakigori House in the Philippines. You can find it at the Ground Floor of Serendra in McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.