I was heading to Roncy today on Queen W and came across this new place. With a bright pastel colored sign, it looked out of place to say the least, intrigued I went inside.
The owner was standin behind the counter and after a brief chat I found out that they opened just this Thursday and wanted to open a place that introduced 'a happy ice cream' place in a corner of the city dominated by bars, cafes and dingy establishments.
Further questions revealed that they make everything on the premises. Per the owner, this is let them control inventory and quality to ensure a good fresh product. I think this a massively positive view, and a welcome change from the recent spate of ice cream parlours that serve you maypole or kawarth a or anyother pre-made product.
Flavours: Just 6 flavours, 5 of which were quite run-of-the-mill. (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, strawberry sorbet, stratciatella). The 1 unusual offering is the lemon-olive oil flavour which was amazing! I asked about the lack of choices, and she said that folks in the area are unaware of the gelato concept and she wants to start of with flavours they recognize before coming out with the tiramisu's, nutella, torrone, lemon etc. The list of upcoming flavours is on their website. And they have coffee, and espresso based drinks.
Taste: After much discussion I let the owner make a sundae for me. Totally her choices. She gave me the dark chocolate gelato with the strawberry sorbet, cocoa nibs on top. AMAZING!
The bitter cocoa nibs were an extraordinary compliment to the sorbet and the dark choclate was as dense and deep as I could hope for.
Pricing: On the higher end @ $7 for a double scoop in a cup. They have sundae's which work out to be cheaper @ $6.50. (toppings included).
Other stuff: They are very open to flavour suggestions since they can make whatever they want on premises. All the utensils, spoons etc are bio-degradable. They use local ingredients as much as possible which is why they had 2 strawberry offerings today!
1312 Queen St W, Toronto, On, Canada, M6K 1L4
P.S. The website is fully operational which for me is a huge plus point.
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