I stumbled upon a new organic ice cream store - Kensington Market Organic Ice Cream (at 69 Kensington Avenue*) the other day and finally went in for a taste this evening.
The ice cream flavors are split between the exotic and the traditional. Exotics: Ginger, Chai, Coconut Banana Traditionals: Strawberry, Chocolate, Vanilla. There were a couple of other flavors that I don't recall. I chose the Coconut Banana and my husband went with the strawberry.
The ice cream was of the creamy yet firm, old-fashioned variety - and indeed the owner told us later that he was going for a Victorian style ice cream.
My scoop of Coconut Banana was delicious - the flavors of the coconut and banana were perfectly balanced and the real grated coconut added a nice texture.
My hubby couldn't tell me just what he liked about his cone - but he gulped it down with relish.
Owner Brad was friendly and helpful; open to chatting with us a bit. He told us that he'd left the health care industry to train to become an ice cream maker and spent months developing the recipes for the ice cream.
I'd say that his efforts have paid off.
Negatives: The store space is small and less than glitzy. It really looks a lot like an old pizzeria. Brad told us that he hopes to decorate the store better as things get going.
Small selection: I was glad to hear of plans to extend the menu - since, in other high-quality ice cream parlors in other cities, I've been able to choose from a full wall of exotic and not so exotic flavors. Brad says that he's thinking of introducing red bean, a flavor that might be popular in the neighborhood and of offering sorbets for those folks who want something lighter.
Anyway, I'd recommend Kensington Organic Ice Cream to anyone looking for 1)yummy, old-school ice-cream 2) exciting ice cream flavors 3) organic licks.
*The store is at 69 Kensington Avenue across the way from Tutti Frutti, Global Cheese and Mendel's Creamery. Keep your eyes open for the Kensington Market Organic Ice Cream stencil in the window.