Creme de la Creme
Time Out Says
Crème de la Crème doesn’t really do plain ol’ ice cream. You can, of course, just order a scoop, but the majority of the menu is dedicated to artsy concoctions – some including freshly made Belgian waffles or decadent cakes. Three of us turned up half an hour before closing. I felt bad for our waitress, who showed extreme patience in the face of our maddening indecision. Every menu description tantalised (how is a kid in a candy shop supposed to choose just one item?). When we did ultimately make up our minds, what we received met with mixed reviews. The design of the dishes was impeccable in nearly every instance.
One friend ordered the Sublime: scoops of mango and white chocolate ice cream, sprinkled with lime shavings and served with a glorious side of perfectly ripe mango and passion fruit. Another friend ordered the Nougatine Exotique: ginger ice cream and nougat ice cream served alongside a bowl bearing a juicy mix of drooling strawberries, raspberries and pistachios. The problem was that, in both instances, the best parts of the dish were the fruity accompaniments; no matter the flavour of ice cream, they all pretty much tasted like some slight variation of vanilla. The exception was my order, curiously titled the UAE Exclusive.
It was without a doubt the most unique frozen treat I’ve ever consumed. Raspberry sorbet and umm ali ice cream were swirled and then formed in a kind of cake, plopped onto a gooey serving of baklava and covered in dried fruit, pistachios and rose syrup. It was something different, and certainly good, except that the umm ali flavour was as indistinct as the rest of them.
So no – to answer the implied question – this isn’t the crème de la crème of Dubai ice cream shops, but the concoctions were pleasant, and the place’s relaxed vibe was conducive to a leisurely night out.
The bill (for three)
1x Nougatine Exotique Dhs40
1x Sublime Dhs36
1x UAE Exclusive Dhs45
Service (15 per cent) Dhs18.15
By Daisy Carrington | 21 Sep 2009
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