MELBOURNE | You don’t need me to tell you what Kariton Sorbites is all about. You know about chefs John Rivera and Minh Duong’s gelateria that launched during lockdown as a gelato delivery business, before moving into a bricks and mortar location in Footscray.
The delivery side of things stopping has meant less of the awesome Filipino, and more broadly Asian-inspired gelato for me in 2022, but that’s about to change. Kariton have just opened a conveniently located new spot in Melbourne’s CBD Chinatown.
The new location has a different vibe to the Footscray one. It’s a slicker, more modern space, fitting of its city surrounds. In the freezers it’s all of your favourite Kariton gelato flavours like ube halaya, turon, and leche flan. There’s speciality bars and ice-cream sandwiches, along with some location specific limited creations.
Definitely try the current limited soft serve, ‘Froyo Baggins’. It’s frozen natural yoghurt with golden kiwifruit jelly, crispy green kiwifruit, and a drizzling of Mānuka honey. If you want a bar, the Mars Bar-like Latwiks. It’s a caramelised coconut “ghee” gelato (made using a by-product of the ube gelato) with butterscotch, on top of a coconut biscuit, coated in dark choc & toasted coconut. It’s one of my favourite things on the menu.
Kariton Sorbites (Chinatown)
177 Russell Street
Mon – Wed: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Thu – Sun: 12:00pm to 11:00pm