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Where to buy good Green Tea Ice Cream?

jpjtarey Mar 7, 2010 08:08 AM

Hi guys! I am new to this board but want to find out if anyone knows where to get the best green tea ice cream in the Bayarea. Before Dobachi closed in San Jose Japantown, I used to get green tea ice cream from them in a white carton. It was the best: dark green, dense texture, great taste.

After Dobachi closed, I tried all the different varieties of prepackaged green tea ice cream in the oriental markets, but they don't measure up.

Anyone knows where I can get good green tea ice cream? I will even go to San Francisco Japantown if necessary. Thanks!!

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    sfbing Mar 12, 2010 09:57 AM

    Marco Polo has an interesting green tea. It is not as bitter as I would like, but has a very pleasant floral note. In general, they have very good gelatos with Asian flavors (durian, red bean, taro, coconut, etc.) and the quality is definitely a cut above supermarket stuff.

    Disclaimer: I am related to the owner, but have not spoken to him in years due to a stupid family feud.

    1. vincentlo Mar 12, 2010 12:35 AM

      Some like a sweet creamy version, with just a hint of green tea, while some, including myself, prefer a strong taste of green tea in their ice cream. Don't laugh, but have you tried Dreyer's version?

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        doublewong Mar 11, 2010 10:20 PM

        Gosh, I really like the green tea ice cream at Marianne's in Santa Cruz! There are tons of flavors, and I occasionally get other ones, but the tub I take home is always the green tea.

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        1. re: doublewong
          escargot3 Mar 12, 2010 08:07 AM

          Isn't EVERYTHING at Marianne's amazing!

        2. Melanie Wong Mar 9, 2010 09:50 PM

          I had a taste of the green tea ice cream at Rick's in Palo Alto yesterday. Rather weak, can't recommend it.

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            stomsf Mar 8, 2010 08:53 AM

            I vote for Mitchell's Ice Cream -- easy access from 280 and easily the best (IMHO) for flavors like Green Tea, Macapuno, yam, etc.

            Mitchell's Ice Cream - 688 San Jose Ave San Francisco, CA

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              wanderlust21 Mar 8, 2010 12:12 AM

              I'm not sure if it's worth a drive up to SF from San Jose, but the Green Tea ice cream at Polly Ann's is decent. That said, if you want to re-create the flavor you remember, Green Tea ice cream is fairly easy to make and you can adjust the amount of matcha to your tastes.

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              1. re: wanderlust21
                whatwhat Mar 9, 2010 11:01 PM

                I saw Polly Ann's green tea ice cream at Ranch 99 in Milpitas recently. (Though I'm sure it's not quite the same as getting it from the ice cream parlor itself, it may save you some time driving to SF).

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