Best glace flavors by shop
It occurs to me that we frequently encounter the question of "the best ice cream in Paris", answer it over and again, yet I have hit the wall at many of the shops recommended by people I have come to trust. So, maybe there's a second question?
For instance, I had to leave most of my cup of salted caramel at Pozzetta because it was too sweet. Then the trusted friend who sent me there said, "No, dummy, you order nut flavors at Pozzetta." Okay. And at Grom on rue de Seine, again, I left most of whatever I ordered because it was too sweet.
So...maybe we could establish a thread on who does what best so we can all order into strength.
Pozzetto: They recently changed their pistachio (but kept the old one up?). The new one is much nuttier to me--love it.
Mary's: The fruit flavors always get me. Her yogurt isn't as sour as Grom's. Chocolate flavors too, but my favorite is the fior de latte. Actually, I love everything by Mary. She's quite something to listen to...
Raimo: Ok all around.
Last time I went to Bac a Glaces I tried a pear-and-something and got back an ice-cream with giant chunks of ice in it. Turned me off to them completely. Might have been a one-time thing.
I hope no one's mentioned Amorino. I can never understand the appeal...their gelato is bland and the texture is off for me. I'd rather go to Haagen Dazs.
And I'd warn anyone tempted by Lenotre's ice-cream. Only so-so, not worth the price, and the cornet was so stale I could literally unroll it without breaking. My measure is that it has to taste better than store-bought, otherwise what's the point? Amorino and Lenotre don't make the cut.
But good luck on your ice-cream orgy.
Reglisse ice cream
Grom, ah Grom, Licorice ice cream
TaDa, no # 1 choice-Quincy restaurant vanilla glace.
This stuff comes our grey from vanilla specks and they serve with a dish of rummed
dried fruit and a bottle of rum. Two egg shaped scoops cost 12 euros but worth every penny.
Personnally I've never found an ice cream too sweet at Grom, but maybe that's because of all the Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry's I've had as a kid. Their flavours for me are really intense and taste natural (for instance I've never had a pistachio ice cream that actually tasted of pistachio, except at Grom), but if I have to choose what they do the best I would say the sorbets which are all very fruity, and if I had to choose one sorbet it would be the strawberry sorbet only available when it's strawberry season, and for a short time. I've never tasted any dessert so packed full of pure natural strawberry flavor !
On a side note, their whipped cream supplement is probably the best whipped cream I've ever had (but I like really compact and heavy textured whipped cream with really strong milky flavor, and I know not everybody likes their whipped cream that way).
So to sum up :
Grom: Strawberry sorbet with whipped cream.
re: Rio Yeti
I agree with you that generally whipped cream goes better with ice cream. I make an exception for strawberry sorbet which in my opinion goes well with whipped cream, and since the original question was about "who does what best", I just couldn't leave off the whipped cream at Grom !
Addendum to Berthillon: not only vanilla but nougat au miel is extraordinary. Also marron glacé, coconut (ice cream), pistachio. The ice creams are often better than the sorbets. While it is the exact reverse at Constant.
Constant's blueberry sorbet is tops. So is Berthillon's mango sorbet.
The nocciola from Amorino.
This thread brings up a very tragic point:
Not only am I still on a recherche du Mövenpick espresso flavor perdue,
Not only is Seurre closed for good,
But the wonderful glacier Caramella across the street from the phantom Seurre is also no longer with us.
There's nothing like its sorbet Mojito on a hot summer day...