As much as gourmets despise the poor-quality soft-serve ice cream that squirts out of those old machines, they do bring back memories of summers gone by. And thinking of their childhood, the famed Roca brothers came up with their idea for Rocambolesc, with ice creams inspired by the desserts at their Celler de Can Roca, where they sell excellent-quality machine ice cream.
The ice cream at Rocambolesc isn't made and stored for serving in the usual pozetti for scooping, but rather each time the lever of their machine is pressed, the ice cream is made instantly from an artisan base and into fun shapes, like the finger of the Columbus statue you see at the foot of La Rambla. The result is a creamy sorbet and a nuanced, less cold ice cream that spares the icy shock to your teeth. They have six flavours you can get with garnishes: we highly recommend the incredible baked apple flavour made with caramelized apple. Oh, and the buns stuffed with ice cream are to die for.