After coming back from NYC, I realised that I had just missed out on a Thai-inspired ice cream craze that was starting to pick up over there. I wasn’t worried though seeing as it was only a matter of time before the trend would make its way over here to Australia. And alas, here it is.
Rolled? Stir-fried? Teppanyaki styled ice cream? These are some of the names that you’ve probably heard this Asian dessert being called. To give you the low down: it’s ice cream that is prepared and mixed with other ingredients over a cold plate, spread into a thin layer, and then scraped from end to end using a grill scraper to make the ice cream rolls above.
When we got there around 8pm, the store only had a few customers inside. This quickly changed within minutes of us just standing around browsing the menu and deciding what to get.
All of the flavours here are $9 for two and a half scoops (or you can knock off an extra $1 by checking in on Facebook). Tony and I were feeling (almost) full after just having had dinner at Mr. Miyagi, so we decided to share a cup of Nutter Butter ice cream instead of getting one each.
I had seen the video of this sort of ice cream being prepared in Thailand a while ago and was very interested in the concept! So you can probably tell how excited I when I had found out that a store serving up that style of ice cream was opening up here in Melbourne, instead of having to fly all the way back to Thailand.
You could tell that the staff here were all relatively new at this but that didn’t mean that it wasn’t entertaining to watch them put their teppanyaki ice cream skills on display for us! I was still thoroughly impressed 😛
However I do agree with what others have said about the wait times here being a bit long. This is understandable though as they want to make each ice cream fresh to order and part of the fun and novelty is getting to watch them make your very own ice cream! But you could tell that they were under pressure to get out everyone’s orders as fast as possible when the store started to get busier. I had noticed that our ice cream rolls were quite cracked at some parts and the scrapings weren’t as smooth as can be seen in some other photos.
Nutter Butter Ice Cream $9.0
Apart from being really fast to melt, the ice cream itself was not too overly sweet or heavy (which was one of our concerns in ordering a more chocolatey flavour!). However the ice cream wasn’t as smooth as I was expecting and it didn’t melt in my mouth like other kinds of ice cream would. I don’t know if this is the same case with the more fruity flavours but I’d be willing to come back and try other flavours next time if they’re not too busy.
I loved that they had boxes of card games such as Cards Against Humanity lying around the seating area for us to play with whilst enjoying our ice cream. We couldn’t really find the instructions for some of the more unfamiliar games so we just decided to play by our own rules instead ?
Overall, it’s a cute place to go hang out with your friends and get some ice cream if you don’t mind the wait. Or spending $9 on ice cream. In particular though, I am interested to see how they will try and manage the wait times as the store gets more busy. FYI they just opened up a store in Adelaide a couple of days ago, so I would suggest anyone there to get on it before the hype gets any bigger!
Great presentation, albeit a bit pricey for ice cream. But where else could you get this in Melbourne?!
Scroll Ice Cream
190 High Street,
Windsor VIC 3181