A second proper shop from the ice cream experimentalists.
Ever dropped a pill in an ice cream parlour? Well, if you’re looking to experiment, get yourself down to Soho’s Chin Chin Dessert Club, where they’ve invented a ‘miracle’ sugar-free grapefruit ice cream cone that tastes super-sweet after you pop a special pill. Wacky, right? But it’s the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from Chin Chin – aka, the Willy Wonka of the ice-cream world.
Chin Chin uses liquid nitrogen to freeze its ice cream to order, and the air in the original Camden shop is thick with gas. Things are a bit less theatrical at this Soho branch, as all the freezing is done at the back of the shop – but it’s still very ostentatious. One wall of the small space is gleaming white marble; while every other inch of the place is painted bright gold – including a bizarre, bleacher-style bench that juts out into the centre of the room. You perch here to eat your dessert (not just ice cream, mind – Chin Chin are billing this as ‘London’s first dessert-only restaurant’). And there's some seriously elaborate stuff going on.
The most extraordinary thing I ate was an ‘avocado taco’ – a beautiful little wafer ‘taco’ stuffed with smooth, rich avocado ice cream and topped with sharp yuzu cream. What was brilliant about this was that the wafer actually tasted like a taco – rich, savoury and fantastically moreish. Other winners included a killer burnt butter caramel ice cream and a vegan raspberry sorbet so super-silky you’d never guess it was dairy-free.
Weirdly, one disappointment was that pill. Served in a convincingly clinical plastic cup, popping it felt deliciously illicit – but the results were a bit of a letdown. Honestly? My sugar-free grapefruit ice cream tasted better pre-pill; post, it was unpleasantly synthetic and cloying. What Dessert Club tells us is that things are sweeter when you’re sober. A boring metaphor for life, if ever there was one.
|Venue name:||Chin Chin Dessert Club|
54 Greek Street
|Transport:||Tube: Tottenham Court Rd|
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I love the Camden branch and have been visiting since they first opened. Absolutely delighted Chin Chin have opened a central location, no need to fight through the hoards of tourists. There's more on the menu and finally I can get two flavours in one cup. They're always pushing with their new creations like the delish Avo Taco and the Choux ice cream buns- will definitely be visiting again.
Chin Chin has done it again. I am loving the expanded menu and the way that the staff really took the time to really talk to me and tell me what wonderful delectable creations they've been working on for their newest location. The decor is disco and fun, and pierfect for the neighborhood. I was obsessed with Camden and loved the cotton candy cone at Hawker House, now I'll have a place to go in SOHO. Do not miss out. YUM
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