From traditional to over-the-top: On the hunt for the GTA’s best ice cream


    It is a good time to be an ice cream fan in the metropolis.

    Between traditional laborious ice cream, ethereal delicate serve, and non-traditional flavour combos, the prospects are limitless.  

    Currently, plainly some retailers are focusing extra on visually beautiful, over-the-top shows for the cone and cup reasonably than the assemblage of flavours. However if you cannot have some enjoyable with ice cream, then what’s the level?​

    My argument has at all times been about style. I do not thoughts if my delicate serve is topped with doughnuts and outsized chunks of brownies, so long as it tastes good.

    There are a handful of locations that show you may have some enjoyable and create memorable, icy treats.

    Wong’s Ice Cream, Woofles and Cream are two of Suresh Doss’ favorite ice cream retailers in Toronto. 1:00

    Listed below are three of my favourites.

    Wong’s Ice Cream

    Wong’s Ice Cream is at 617 Gerrard St E. in Toronto.

    In the final two years, there have been loads of Asian-themed dessert retailers specializing in ice cream flavours that experiment with savoury and candy combos.

    One among my favourites on this class is Wong’s Ice Cream positioned in the fast-changing Chinatown East neighbourhood.

    Ed Wong, proprietor of Wong’s Ice Cream, left the company world to pursue his dream of opening an ice cream store. (Suresh Doss/CBC)

    Wong’s is a bit of difficult to discover at first — it is discreetly tucked into the second ground of a fancy between grocery shops and noodle retailers.

    The proprietor, Ed Wong, left the company world to pursue his dream of opening an ice cream store. He’s an ice cream nut who experiments with Asian favours like pineapple cilantro, black sesame and salted duck egg, and toasted ramen miso.

    Flavours at Wong’s Ice Cream in Toronto’s east finish embrace coconut mango sticky rice, Vietnamese espresso and White Rabbit sweet. (Suresh Doss/CBC)

    “All the things I do right here is influenced from my childhood. Both from consuming dim sum or snacking on Asian treats,” he defined.

    Woofles & Cream

    Woofles & Cream is at 8360 Kennedy Rd., Suite 81 in Markham.

    Every time I am in the Markham space, I strive to discover an excuse to cease by Woofles & Cream. It is located inside New Kennedy Sq. plaza subsequent to a cluster of Chinese language fast-food spots.

    Most of the locations in the plaza are of the traditional selection. There’s a regular wave of older era locals that go to this meals courtroom for Shanghainese noodles, Cantonese-style char siu and barbecued pork.

    Removed from traditional, Kayan Woo and Mabel Yeung’s closet-sized store stands out.

    Woo and Yeung serve a menu of spherical egg-based waffles standard in Hong Kong, however at Woofles they incorporate quite a lot of components into the bubbly waffles and stuff them with delicate serve ice cream.

    Woofles & Cream in Markham serves a menu of spherical egg-based waffles standard in Hong Kong, and stuffs them with ice cream. (Suresh Doss/CBC)

    “We needed to serve traditional HK type waffles however with our personal twists,” Woo mentioned.

    In the lap cheong waffle, Yeung stuffs thinly sliced Chinese language sausage into every cell of the waffle to give it a savoury, umami flavour. It is then served with a tea-flavoured ice cream from the menu.

    “It takes us again to our childhood, however now that now we have grownup palates we needed to play with some adventurous components,” Woo mentioned.

    Woofles & Cream proprietor Kayan Woo says the desserts play with ‘sudden flavors.’ (Suresh Doss/CBC)

    What I like most is the expertise of having fun with a waffle right here — the cold and hot as you tear every cell of the waffle and dip it into the ice cream.

    There are candy parts and savoury parts, however nothing feels contrived or over-the-top.

    “We wish to play with sudden flavours however nonetheless preserve the enjoyable components of consuming waffles and ice cream,” Woo mentioned.

    Bar Ape

    Bar Ape is at 283 Rushton Rd. in Toronto.

    After working at a number of ice cream retailers in Toronto, proprietor James Carnevale launched a travelling gelato enterprise referred to as Bar Ape, the place he would journey into numerous neighbourhoods in the metropolis on a three-wheeled Piaggio Ape truck serving gelato bars.

    Bar Ape, on St. Clair West, began out as a travelling gelato truck, however quickly opened a walk-up store. (Suresh Doss/CBC)

    Carnevale discovered an viewers shortly together with his seasonal ice cream bars and he finally moved right into a small area on St. Clair West the place he now operates a walk-up gelato stand. This can be a “grab-n-go” sort place — there’s barely any seating exterior — but it surely’s effectively value the go to if you happen to’re a fan of gelato.  

    The gelato bar menu adjustments seasonally and the whole lot runs out shortly. My favourites in the previous have included strawberry balsamic and chocolate with black olives.

    Suresh Doss’s weekly meals section airs each Thursday on Metro Morning. Watch for video of his jaunts throughout the metropolis on CBC Toronto’s Fb web page.

    Are you aware a GTA restaurant that Doss ought to go to? Tweet us @metromorning or ship us a message on Fb. And if you happen to strive any of the locations he options, we would like to see photographs!



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