I know we have a dessert thread, but I think ice cream deserves its own.
For 30 years, Greg’s was my favourite. His roasted marshmallow remains the only one that captured the smokey caramelized flavour of roasted marshmallows. He also had a great coffee flavour, with the bitter tang of a dark roast. When mixed with chunks of Score, his coffee toffee was nearly unbeatable. And he did seasonal fruit flavours very well, with pear and ginger a favourite.
We have had to move on to Ed’s Real Scoop, which is pretty good in terms of mouthfeel. His burnt marshmallow is only a distant second to Greg’s, but is an acceptable base for the s’mores ice cream pie.
We only recently had the chance to try Good Behaviour. Their s’mores was OK, but not smokey and no hint of graham crackers. Chocolate peanut butter was quite yummy. Torta della nonna was the standout, not too sweet with ricotta, pine nuts, and lemon.
We always enjoy Bang Bang. Our favourite flavours include burnt toffee, London fog, banana pudding, and the Sam James espresso. And it is fun to kick it up a notch by sandwiching the ice cream between cookies.
For Asian flavours, we love Kekou, especially for the garlic-meets-gym-socks durian, the HK milk tea, and the Vietnamese coffee. Alas Wong’s has gone, but on the same premises, Onyx is making some fine options including another durian take and wonderful coconut pandan.
Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe remains a longstanding favourite for the creamy tartufo, with chocolate raspberry being a favourite.
In terms of gelato, our favourite is Death in Venice. We haven’t me a flavour yet we didn’t love and the texture is excellent. Dolce is usually too sweet as is Hollywood Gelato.
I could go on, but this should be a good start for others to add to.