Cone Street

Gelato at Jumeirah Beach Residence

Time Out Says

It was only a matter of time before Dubai’s gelato craze reached Jumeirah Beach Residence. In my opinion, it’s taken long enough. Cone Street, a cosy gelato parlour in Rimal, struck me as a real boon: my date and I discovered it during a balmy evening stroll. We were drawn to its neon sign, flashing above Paul Café, like moths to a flame, and we climbed the stairs to the little shop which, with its glowing lights and bright ice creams behind the display, reminded us of a Grease-era diner.

We were slightly startled by the extreme colour palette of the icy options before us; a sky-tinged tub of blueberry and a bright pink strawberry pint made us wonder if food colouring was involved in the making of this gelato. It didn’t stop us from trying a gambit, however (if we so much as glanced at a flavour, the man behind the counter would hand us a little taster on a Perspex spatula). Reassuringly, the taste matched the colour in terms of vibrancy. Upon sampling the cheesecake flavour, my reaction was akin to Charlie Bucket’s when he licked Willy Wonka’s fruit wallpaper (‘the snozzberry tastes like snozzberry!’).

After much deliberating I finally opted for a scoop of caramel and a scoop of cookies, while my date went for traditional chocolate covered in orange sauce. We were a bit disappointed not to see jars of exciting toppings, such as sprinkles, nuts and flakes, decorating the counter – in fact, the whole place was pretty bare save for the select tubs in the display cabinet and a few glasses lining the walls. Perhaps this is because the gelato is powerful enough on its own, and needs little else to accompany it.

My date’s chocolate gelato was a rich shade of brown, so different to the more anaemic versions offered up at big ice cream chains. With the orange sauce, the whole combo resembled a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. My caramel scoop was silken in texture and the cookie scoop contained generous chunks of Oreo-esque biscuit, which were deliciously gooey and chewy when mixed in with the gelato.

Carrying our tubs out of the parlour and passing the white chairs and tables scattered outside, we decided to continue on our stroll along the beach – after all, on a winter’s evening as pristine as this, and in a setting as scenic as the JBR Walk, why sit in? Taking a tub on a nocturnal stroll is arguably one of the best ways to enjoy gelato, and JBR is an ideal setting in which to do it.

The bill (for two)
2 x Gelato tubs Dhs40
Total (excluding service) Dhs40

By Daisy Carrington  | 16 Nov 2009

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Dubai, Dubai Marina, Rimal, The Walk

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