Hokkaido have continued their success in Australia with a growing number of stores across the country, several of which we have here in Melbourne. We visited the Box Hill Central location, and though it was just a tiny little store, it was well stocked. Located just off Carrington Road you really can’t miss it, especially with its bright yellow, eye catching branding.
Like all Hokkaido stores, it had a clean and simple design with displays to really show off their tarts. Staff were eager and pleasant and had a smile for every customer, no matter how busy it got.We struggled to choose between their traditional 3 cheese tarts that they’re famous for, and a whole range of flavours that are guaranteed to satisfy anyone’s dessert cravings. We finally opted to try their traditional tarts along with the strawberry tarts.
While their traditional tarts will always be iconic, we loved the sweet strawberry option. The sharp crumbliness of the short crust pastry gave it a great texture. We really liked that it felt more dessert like, and it held up much better than the originals over time too. We saved one for the next day and even then the pastry had still retain it’s crispy, unlike the original cheese, which I really recommend eating as soon as you get it. We think Hokkaido have made some great business choices since coming to Australia and the expand range has plenty to draw us back in for another visit.
Address: South Food Court, Box Hill Central
Mon 9am to 7pm
Tue 9am to 7pm
Wed 9am to 7pm
Thu 9am to 7pm
Fri 9am to 8:30pm
Sat 9am to 7pm
Sun 10am to 5pm
Parking: Most of the parking in Box Hill Central is paid parking, but if you don’t mind a short walk, you’re likely to find a spot on a nearby side street.
Getting here on PT: It’s literally next to Box Hill train station, or two minutes walk from the 109 tram. It’s also well served by many local bus routes.
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Box Hill Central. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.