Little Tokyo seems an odd place for unbelievable ice cream, but I found it today at Mikawaya.
My husband and I were strolling through the village when we saw a sign for "Ice Cream, Gelato and Mochi" in Mikawaya's window. We went in planning to order mochi, but saw the ice cream freezer towards the back and strolled in to take a look.
Just the presentation of the ice cream was amazing... it looked so fresh and creamy. They must have had it at just the right temperature, because my husband commented that he wanted to dive into it, it looked so soft and delicious.
They had about 20 different flavors of ice cream, gelato and sorbet. Some interesting flavors stood out, among those: white peach sorbet, green tea ice cream, apple pie gelato, coconut sorbet, creme brulee, and others.
I sampled the creme brulee and it was delicious. Rich and creamy, not too sweet but with that nice hint of flamed sugar.
I then sampled the apple pie gelato and fell in love. This gelato tasted just like apple pie. In fact, the flavor was so intense, that if you closed your eyes, you'd almost think you were eating an especially creamy piece of apple pie, and not ice cream at all. This was hands down the most interesting and delicious ice cream I've ever had. So I ordered a scoop of it, and a scoop of my favorite, mint chocolate chip.
The mint chocolate chip was also outstanding. A nice, subtle mint flavor, amazing creamy texture, flaky dark chocolate shavings.
My husband had the green tea ice cream (interesting and yummy flavor) and plain chocolate, which I didn't try.
I've been a long-time fan of Mashti Malone's, and I really think Mikawaya beats them on their ice cream. Of course, Mashti's has the incredible herbal snow and rosewater sorbets, but I will definitely be going to Mikawaya for ice cream and gelato from now on.
A must try!!
As a sidenote, Mikawaya produces the mochi ice cream you find in SoCal stores like Whole Foods.