REVIEW |CHIN CHIN LABORATORY, EUROPE’S FIRST LIQUID NITROGEN ICE CREAM PARLOUR

 Confessions of an ice cream addict…

The rate at which new trends pop up and disappear in London is unprecedented but one establishment that has proven taking risks pays off is ,Europe’s first nitro ice-cream parlour.Located amongst the cobbled alleys of camden market, reminiscent of Harry potter’s Diagon alley lies Chin Chin laboratory.

“…Imagine cool hipster urban outfitter employees working in a Mexican meth lab, but far less illegal and far more delicious!”

I’ve always been fascinated with the possibility and reach of molecular gastronomy and it was very evident that I’m not alone demonstrated by the hoards of people cueing, Instagramming then devouring their perfectly spherical treats.

Chin chin’s open style laboratory is professionally equipped with rows of multicoloured kitchen aid’s,each scientist operating two machines ,chasing deliciously flavoured creams with billowing ladles of liquid nitrogen, turning it’s contents into perfect scoops in mere seconds.

Not the clinical white coat interior you’d expect, imagine cool hipster urban outfitter employees working in a Mexican meth lab, but far less illegal and far more delicious!

“…A pretty ,spiced sphere of glossy smooth freshly churned sage green ice cream.”

With quite a simple menu consisting of their classic Pondicherry vanilla, Valrhona chocolate and burnt butter caramel ice creams they also offer a specials menu which changes from week to week. I chose their avocado Horchata (spiced milk based drink found in Mexico) as although avocado is IMG_7166naturally creamy and fatty lending well to being mixed with milk,they’d have to have a great formula to make it not taste like you’re eating a scoop of flavourless butter ( I cannot articulate how much I hate butter).

“…Vegan options must not only be exceptional but a worthy component to its sinful dairy filled counterpart.”

Placed lovingly atop a mound of toasted mallow,lie their beautiful concoction,a pretty spiced sphere of glossy smooth freshly churned sage green ice cream.The flavour was really delicate,a combination of the most perfectly creamy ripe avocado laced with fleeting notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and specks of ground tiger nuts.

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They are notorious for their incredible looking hot chocolates which are topped with a generous scoop of blow torch singed Italian meringue.I chose their vegan option as i wanted a lighter dairy free alternative but sadly its was entirely to sweet and its hot chocolate far too dark and dry to enjoy fully.

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In this day and age it’s no longer enough just to have a vegan option. London is absolutely full of amazing flavourful vegan options for almost anything that even the most carnivorous caveman would enjoy.Vegan options must not only be exceptional but a worthy component to its sinful dairy filled counterpart.

Vegan or not, i dare you to try and resist the genius that is Chin Chin lab’s and with their newest lab opening this month in soho,i know i won’t be able to!

Cash me inside … How bow dah?

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