Friday, July 2, 2010

Ice cream, our favourite experience!

The summer has arrived. Kids are playing in the sand and adults are eating ice cream. Ten Parisian ice creameries cool us down with their latest creations.


Sun or no sun, no matter what time of the day, the faithful ones converge like hordes of zombies to this very simple Italian shop. A blue shop front that one can see from afar, a cool display cabinet where the shop assistant turns the ice creams with spatulas, a couple of tables to enjoy. And that’s all.
Popular flavours: Even if the sorbets (fresh fruits of the season, no dyes or preservatives) flatter the palate, it is the ultra creamy ones that win us over. We adore the skilful recipes like the Cassata Sicilian (ricotta and citrus fruit peel) or that of the more basic flavours like the impressive Madagascan Vanilla or the powerful rich chocolate.

Positive: A legendary product with an ecological ethic.
Negative: Few tables to enjoy on the spot.
Price of Pleasure: cones and cups from 3,50 € (2 flavours).
Grom 81, rue de Seine, VIe. Tél. : 01 40 46 92 60. Tlj.


The star ice creamery of Daumesnil. 

Renovated two years ago, this institution founded in 1947 by the Raimondo family is one of the oldest ice creameries in Paris. At the counter, ice creams and sorbets are served in cones (not in the small cups) or in one litre tubs (30 €). A vast room that serves breakfast, lunch, to afternoon tea and dinner, in addition to its ice creams.
Popular flavours: Voted in winter for its remarkable “chestnut ice cream”, Raimo convinces us also with some rare flavours: Vermont maple, four spices, cane honey, almond milk or Muscat sorbet. Our favorites at the moment: verbena and grapefruit sorbets.
Positive: Variety of the flavours (up to forty depending on the seasons), they offer frozen desserts (bombes, vacherins) to take away or eat on the large terrace (which includes about 40 places) in the calm, shade of the Sycamore trees.
Negative: The prices, and the wait can be very long for take away ice cream (there isn’t one dedicated counter serving just ice cream, the counter serves all desserts).
Price of Pleasure: a cone is 5 € (2 scoops) and served on the terrasse it is 6,50 €.
Raimo 59-61, bd de Reuilly, XIIe. Tél. : 01 43 43 70 17. Tlj.

Martine Lambert

From Deauville to Trouville, playing remakes of Holidays on Ice, sweetened version for more than twenty years! Success has encouraged this Normandy lady to conquer Paris, by opening a very simple shop for take away ice creams.
Popular Flavours: We are far from about the fifty flavours offered in Deauville but the choice of ice creams without colourants or conservatives remain honourable. To taste the very good “Quiberon” (caramel salted butter), “Martinique” (vanilla with crystallised orange and rum) or yoghurt, a little bit different.
Positive: The quality of the products, the service is friendly.
Negative: The chilling prices, and the ice cream scoop is too quickly rinsed (two flavours for the price of one!)
Price of Pleasure: a cone with two scoops is 4,70 €.
Martine Lambert , 192, rue de Grenelle, VIIe. Tél. 01 45 51 25 30. Tlj. sf lun.

Le Bac à glaces

Open since 1982 in Sèvres-Babylone and immediate neighbor of Conran Shop, Bac presents itself as a semi-crêperie semi-ice cream shop. Interior is a little somber and it has a very small terrasse, and a large space dedicated to take aways.
Popular Flavours: It is in cups not cones that we find here the most astonishing flavours like lemon-basil, peach-rosemary or pear-verbena. But on the day the raspberry-rose flavour was presented to our great joy and was an excellent accompaniment with vanilla.
Positive: The ice creams containing little sugar and quality ingredients. Charming public garden of the Foreign Missions, with two blocks of houses to taste them on a bench in the sun.
Negative: The limited range of flavours in cones.
Price of Pleasure: cone with two scoops 4 €.
Le Bac à glaces 109, rue du Bac, VIIe. Tél. : 01 45 48 87 65. Tlj. sf dim.

It Mylk

Aire glaciaire. At the beginning of spring this new address opened. A small temple of the god of milk, transformed into yoghurt to satisfy the desires of the good, fresh and healthy. It is decorated with tones of white and turquoise, and girly atmosphere and small tables where to read your women's magazines…
Popular Flavours: Yoghurt, and nothing but yoghurt, in its frozen version. Always a base of frozen yoghurt, it is with the toppings that you can have fun. With the choice of some fresh fruits cut in mini pieces, or small pieces of cake.
Positive: The concept is cool and the non-frozen version is also well liked.
Negative: A slight bitter taste in your mouth.
Price of Pleasure: ice cream from 3,50 to 6,90 €.
It Mylk 15, rue de l'Ancienne-Comédie, VIe . Tél. : 01 43 26 84 13. Tlj.

La Tropicale

Aire glaciaire. For more than thirty years, this ice creamery awaits wisely the arrival of summer near the place d' Italie. It has a small tasting area, very simple and minimal where they also serve from Mariage Frères and delicious almond biscuits.
Popular flavours: This historical ice creamery offers a permanent selection of about fifteen amusing flavours such as molossol, honey with pine nuts and even sometimes blood orange sorbet and lemon, sharp and fresh, with a little peel to bring a little crunchiness.
Positive: Very reasonable prices, the almond biscuits, the choice and originality of the sorbets and ice creams.
Negative: The décor is a little bit lacking and the consistency of the sorbets because of ice crystals.
Price of Pleasure : cone with 2 scoops is 3,80 €.
La Tropicale, 180 boulevard Vincent Auriol, XIIIe. Tél. : 01 42 16 87 27. Tlj. sf dim.

À la Mère de Famille

Aire glaciaire. Spontaneously, one would not think of it for ice cream. But the oldest and prettiest sweet shop of Paris also makes their ice cream right there on the premises.
Popular flavours: On the whole, 14 flavours of which some rarities like the cream cheese morello cherry, the pink praline, and the pistachio nougat. And other more simpler flavours like mango, are very successful along with the traditional caramel with salted butter.
Positive: The price, the place and the gourmet choices.
Negative: Less choice than a traditional ice creamery.
Price of Pleasure: cones with 2 scoops at 3 €.
À la Mère de Famille , 35, rue du Faubourg-Montmartre, IXe. Tél. : 01 47 70 83 69. Tlj. sf dim. après-midi.


Aire glaciaire. Of the 15 Parisian shops, we tested the one in Bastille. Not the most attractive store but they do their best to serve quickly and efficiently their abundance of ice cream choices. Forget about eating it inside the shop, there are only three tables at the back.
Popular flavours: Curiously, the French fans of these Italian ice creams vote for a traditional flavour like the caramel with salted butter. Choose more refreshing flavours such as organic yoghurt, organic milk chocolate soya, limoncello or the quality hazelnut. If you come in July, their new flavour will be Ivory Coast pineapple.
Positive: Quality ingredients such as Sicilian pistachio from Bronte, vanilla from Madagascar, and sometimes organic eggs, yoghurt and soya milk). A great choice for hot chocolate, in case summer never arrives.
Negative: Our impression is that it is a little too sweet and the cones too thin. Choose the pot if you don’t want it melting in your hands.
Price of Pleasure: cones from 3 € to 5,50 € (3 sizes) and from 3 € to 8,50 € for a cup (up to 5 sizes).
Amorino , 4, rue de la Roquette, XIe. Tél : 01 43 55 31 99. Tlj.


Aire glaciaire. Another Italian ice creamery who does not fail when it comes to quality. The ice cream is served with a spatula and not with a scoop. Apparent stones, pink wall, black and white floor, large counter… the punchy décor deserves a visit even if you get your ice cream to take away.
Popular flavours: The star flavour is Giandiua, a chocolate hazelnut ice cream, that you can combine with milk flavour, or for more balance, with a refreshing pear sorbet which gives the impression you are biting into fruit. The limited choice ensures the quality of the products.
Positive: Very generous servings and unlimited flavours, excellent coffees, and boutique.
Negative: To sit and eat the ice cream there will cost at least 7,50 €.
Price of Pleasure: eating there starting from 7,50 €; to take away from 3,50 €.
Pozzetto 39, rue du Roi-de-Sicile, IVe. Tél. : 01 42 77 08 64. Tlj.

Gelati d'Alberto

Aire glaciaire. Alberto, poet of the cold, the man who perpetuates the family tradition and carves his Italian ice creams with the spatula, giving them the shapes of rose petals. Definitely more rustic than the flashy decor of its shop located in Les Halles.
Popular flavours: A lot of exuberant flavours which go from fruits of the forest to Nutella, to cinnamon-date, then the tiramisu coffee, lemon meringue pie or the Danao (passionfruit-yoghourt-pineapple)! If these strange flavours are respected, we can reassure you, that the coffee and the strawberry are also very pleasant.
Positive: Open from midday to midnight, the prices are rather cool prices, and there is no added preservatives or colouring.
Negative: The presentations of the ice creams.
Price of Pleasure: cones with two flavours from 3 €, three flavours from 4 €, and four flavours from 5 €.
Gelati d'Alberto , 45, rue Mouffetard, Ve. Tél. : 01 77 11 44 55. Et Gelati d'Alberto, 11, rue des Lombards, Ier. Tlj.

Glaces très classe au restaurant

Good news, manufactured ice cream with odd colors are losing people’s interest and in the process are getting rare. Even the great restaurants have their own suppliers.
Thus it goes from Pascal the Glacier (Café de Flore, Lutetia) to Pedone in the Grande Épicerie, who supplies the bistros and Mister Ice (sales outlet at 6, rue Descombes, XVIIe), who keeps secret the name of its prestigious customers. As for Battistelli, he remains the favourite of the Corsicans for creations such as broccio and sweet chestnut.

Article taken from Le Figaro.