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Australian Homemade Ice Cream and Chocolate - Review

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Australian Homemade Ice Cream and Chocolate - Review

Mara | Sep 17, 2003 09:22 PM

I made my way over to Australian Homemade at 115 St. Marks, between 1st and Avenue A. The space is a bit like "Rice to Riches:" austere, very white and bright, with a long counter that sold chocolates on the left, ice cream and sorbet on the right. First of all, three pieces of chocolate and two TINY scoops of ice cream cost me $9, which while not unheard of, seemed out of place with the more reasonably-priced surrounding eateries.

I tasted pistachio, coconut (sorbet), Belgian chocolate, and hazelnut almond before settling on the latter two. The hazelnut almond was outstanding, a creamy, smooth hazelnut base with substantial chunks of almond throughout. The Belgian chocolate was good, but not wonderful: the base was so light it was almost frothy, with little crunchy slivers of chocolate that were not big enough to have a distinct flavor. For $3.95, there was nothing about any of the flavors I tasted that stood out enough for me to return.

I also bought 3 chocolates which, to their credit, were huge and had beautiful "indigenous art" stencils on them in gold powder. I took a little bite of each, and my overall experience was that the chocolate tasted more like intense bitter cocoa (in texture as well as taste): there was nothing subtle about it, in texture or flavor. I am not saying this is bad or good, but for me it was too heavy-handed.

The shop also carried "GUS" (Grown-Up Soda, www.drinkgus.com) sodas which I was curious about but did not try. They are supposedly drier versions of old faves like ginger ale and orange soda, created specifically to appeal to adult palates.

I wonder how this place will fare, especially come Winter. IMHO, it's an expensive, somewhat gimmicky product in a neighborhood that doesn't take too well to expensive or gimmicky.

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