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At this London branch of a US chain, your Italian ice-cream comes shaped as a flower. At least it does if you ask for a cone on which ice-cream slabs, rather than scoops, are formed into ‘petals’ atop a crispy waffle. The petals can be made from as many flavours as you wish – even if you choose the small size. This is a handy innovation, as the vast array of flavours can be a bit hit and miss.
A juicy passion fruit offered a tangy freshness, which complemented the dark chocolate hit from the chocolate sorbet; however, tiramisu tasted rather artificial, and the fabulously named L’Inimitabile, a nut-flavoured chocolate, was just too sweet. If you fancy something more substantial choose waffles, crêpes or brioches – all served with or without ice-cream. A small selection of chocolates and sweets is also for sale.
The shop itself is small, with dark brown wood furnishings that make it feel even more so. Still, there are enough tables to seat up to ten people at a time and you’ll even find a few chairs outside on the pavement.
41 Old Compton Street
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