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Aug 22, 2010 03:50 PM

Ice Fili - Russian Ice Cream

hi chowhound! i am really interested in trying ice fili's ice cream somewhere in LA -- my searches online have yielded ZERO results but i have heard that they do export to California...

so wondering:
1) has anyone ever tried russian ice cream before?? what do you think??
2) where can i get a hold of some???

apparently ice fili also makes one that is like a creme brulee with corn chips in there? I.WANT.TO.TRY!!! :)

pls help. thanks again!

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  1. Yes, I tried Russian ice cream, in Moscow, at the famous GUM department store (which is not one department store but really several floors of small boutique shops) next to Red Square. Our (native) tour guide there raved about it - best ice cream in the world! We couldn't wait! We were both disappointed! Maybe we got a bad batch - tasted like it had defrosted and been refrozen. Of course, it was not the kind you are posting about, so hopefully your experience will be much better.

    The best ice cream I've ever had was in Oregon at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. I don't think it's sold anywhere else.

    1. You can buy Russian ice cream in any Russian grocery store. There's a store next to Traktir in WeHo that has it, or you can buy it at Rasputin in Encino, Blackjack in North Hollywood, Russian Gourmet in Lake Forest or Moscow Deli in Costa Mesa. Most places sell Dadu brand.

      Russian ice cream is meant to be bought from kiosky in Russia... there's a sense of "place" there, like eating boat noodles on a boat in Thailand or roasted chestnuts on a nippy day on the Seine, but it still tastes good here. It typically has very low overrun (i.e., not much air compared to American brands).

      8151 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

      Moscow Deli
      3015 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

      Russian Gourmet
      22722 Lambert Street, Suite 1701, Lake Forest, CA 92630

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        I just checked back and saw the responses -- Very grateful, thank you!!

        I will be checking out the groceries you mentioned! I've heard that ice cream is seasonal there for winter! Meaning.. they enjoy eating their ice cream when it is cold out! Can't wait to try :)