Kakawa is a tiny opening through a doorway on Clarence Street in Sydney’s CBD. I happened to come across it by chance, whilst looking at a photograph exhibition a few blocks down the street.
Its location – in Gaffa Gallery – is a predominantly black and white fit out, with the store sitting side by side with other miniscule shopfronts and upstairs three creaky-floored art gallery spaces. I fell in love with the gallery’s ‘Arcade Project’ which provides a unique opportunity for creative producers to gain access to short-term, creatively-driven spaces. It’s a clever idea and apparently the first of its kind in Sydney.
A beautiful chocolate masterpiece!
Kakawa’s underwhelming appearance says a lot about the devotion to chocolate. To chocolate alone. There are a few shelves with chocolate slabs ($9.50), caramelized nuts ($9.50), chocolate meringues ($4.50), even chocolate CDs ($8.50 each) with real CD covers! I also noticed a poster which says they do ice-cream sandwiches for only $5 each!
Haha, read the captions.
The pièce de résistance is definitely the handmade individual chocolates ($1.90) encased in the front glass counter and plucked with fragility by the storekeeper.
I’m quite random with my choices (for everything in life really) but basically the more appealing the object is to the eye, the more intrigued I become. And so I selected:
Caramelised Olive: Brilliant. A milk chocolate outer layer and gooey, almost jam-like innards with a subtle hint of olive and not overly savoury.
Strawberry & Balsamic Vinegar: Didn’t get to try this one but my companion stated ‘Mmm, tastes like bubblegum!’ which I’m guessing is a good thing.
Caramelised olive (fourth from left); Strawberry & Balsamic Vinegar (fifth from left)
Lychee: So creamy and luscious with the hint of the exotic fruit clearly recognisable.
Tonka and Vanilla: By far my favourite, who doesn’t love a dark shell and vanilla-infused ganache innards?!
Lychee (first on left); Tonka and Vanilla (fifth from left)
Go check out Gaffa Gallery and all it has to offer – the galleries upstairs are pretty cool too.