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Kem CoBa – Delectable ice cream in Mile-End

This tiny new ice cream place on Fairmount in Mile-End is so good and the people there are so nice. I think it deserves its own thread.

I've been there twice in the last week, and I've loved every flavour i've tried. The peanut ice cream is like frozen peanut punch. Not heavy and very flavourful. The almond ice cream is wonderful. Hibiscus is delightful and refreshing. The current soft serve offering is coconut and mango. It's also very good.

Really I can't find fault with this place. If you're in the area, you should give it a try. I wish them great success and hope they'll be around for a long time.

Address, opening hours and other info are available on their facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kem-Co...

See here for previous discussion of Kem CoBa on the Restaurant Openings thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7559...

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  1. Thanks for starting this thread. The place is really lovely - such kind staff, good ice-cream, pleasant set-up.

    Their ice-cream selection is relatively small, leaning more toward fruit and tea/chai flavours. All of the "hard" ice-creams (which aren't very hard - more like gelato) and sorbets are sourced from Hâvre-aux-Glaces, I believe, and someone said that Kem Coba is co-owned by one of the Hâvre honchos.

    While Hâvre-aux-Glaces ice-cream is some of the best in the city - probably THE best, if you prefer "pure" flavours over chocolate-bar-like delights - for me Kem Coba's highlight is the soft-serve. It's home-made artisanal soft-serve, always two flavours available, which change every week or two. They're basically optimized for a twist - ie, get a cone with both. Almond/sour cherry, orange-banana/70% chocolate, etc etc. Every time I've had it, it's been just magnificent.

    Prices are OK - not as cheap as Ripples or as generous at Bilboquet but still good value for excellent ice-cream.

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    Bilboquet
    , Montreal, QC H2Y, CA

    1. Last week, I had just enjoyed a hibiscus sorbet at Havre and then went to buy bagels at Fairmount when I discovered this place next door. On my must-eat list next visit.

      1. The male co-owner used to work for Havres and co-developed all the flavors that are common. Their lime-mint sorbet is only missing the alcohol you could bring yourself for a sidewalk mojito.

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        1. re: marblebag

          Wow! I had the lime-mint sorbet as well as the mango sorbet and both were delicious. You're right the lime-mint was only missing alcohol. The mango tasted so authentically mango. Really good stuff. It was our first time there and I can't wait to go back and try out the other flavours.

          1. The only issue with Kem CoBa is that it's just too damn close to home ...

            I have no excuse for not going!

            Life is hard!

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            1. re: Maximilien

              My only issue is that it's too damn far!
              sigh...

              ps: their almond milk and sour cherry soft serve was out of this world!

              1. re: foodie_mtl

                Tried the coconut-mango soft serve, it was stupendous and I'm not even a big fan of fruit ice cream flavors.

            2. Just tried it as well after a bagel pick up. It is the best soft serve I have ever had!!!! He said he changes it every two weeks I cannot wait to taste the next special. This week it is blueberry honey. Havre aux Glaces is still great but its nice to try something new like the soft serve. And you are right the service is incredibly friendly and personable which adds a nice touch. Will most likely become a regular here for the remainder of my pregnancy. Does anyone know if it is only open in the summer of it is a year round place?

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                1. re: williej

                  Nope. The only have ice cream and sorbet.

                  1. re: SnackHappy

                    I agree they deserve their own thread-loved the range of flavours from green tea, hibiscus, peanut and honey (tried a sample and have to say was surpised that I like it, something like light peanut butter) and the soft flavour today was blueberry and honey. The flavour changes tomorrow. I had bilboquet mango topped by lemon in old port yesterday but this soft icecream of Kem KoBa was my favourite. Although there were signs outside I drove right by it so not easy to see maybe because of size. It is in location sandwiched between wilenskys and fairmont bagel but I was the only customer in sight. Hopefully some of the lineups at bagel place will meander over to icecream place for dessert!

                    1. re: mangoannie

                      The blueberry/honey soft serve was easily the best ice cream I've had all summer.

                      1. re: OliverB

                        I've been twice (both occasions on Friday evenings) in the past month and both times there was a line up with more than a few people milling around the street enjoying their ice cream.

                        Yes, the blueberry honey was very good but I don't think it bead the mango/coconut from a few weeks ago.

                        1. re: ios94

                          But do either beat out this week's - dark chocolate and raspberry? Tried the place for the first time yesterday, and I plan to go back often...

                          1. re: cherylmtl

                            Sweet! I will do my best to get there and try it.

                            1. re: cherylmtl

                              I'd say it's a tie between the dark choco/raspberry and blueberry/honey. It has come to the point where I plan to go back every 2 weeks so I can try all the soft serve flavours. I've become a Kem CoBa groupie.

                              1. re: chefjeannine

                                Maybe we can use this thread, for someone to post the new soft-serve flavour at Kem CoBa that comes out every two weeks. This week it's still dark chocolate/raspberry or there's a new soft-serve flavour?

                                1. re: BLM

                                  I would appreciate if people updated the new flavours, yes. I looked for them on Twitter, but did not find them. That would have been an ideal way for them to update their flavours.

                                    1. re: Glaff

                                      I'm told they will have a contest every 2 weeks where they will post on Monday (their day off) pictures of the new flavors and X people can win a free cone of the soft serve if they guess correctly.

                                      They don't have a twitter account but Patrice Demers sent a tweet about them. Search for him or "Kem CoBa".

                                      1. re: marblebag

                                        If you haven't tried the Raspberry/Choc soft serve yet, run and go NOW!! I'm addicted to this place.

                          2. re: OliverB

                            Agreed - blueberry tasted so fresh, better than the mango IMO but of course, now I have to hurry and try the raspberry lickety-split, so to speak...

                            1. re: chilipepper

                              had the chocolate-raspberry, it was good but not my favourite so far but never keen on chocolate ice cream, new flavour to try for the soft cone:

                              apple + cinnamon

                              kind of seasonal it seems for those who want to guess the flavour of the week so I m thinking pumpkin might be coming up as out in the country this past weekend noticed pumpkin patches are a growing! Although peaches are still abundant in markets....

                              1. re: mangoannie

                                awesome, that sounds amazing... is apple + cinnamon avail right now?

                                1. re: OliverB

                                  Went tonight at 9-ish to see if I could have one more lick of raspberry-chocolate - so good! - but they were closed for the day. Rats. :(

                                  1. re: chilipepper

                                    closed on Mondays...New flavours posted on facebook each week
                                    mar - jeu : 12:00 - 20:00
                                    Ven - Sam : 12:00 - 22:00
                                    Dim : 12:00 - 20:00

                                    1. re: mangoannie

                                      New flavours it's every 2 weeks, not every week.

                                      1. re: mangoannie

                                        Ooh thanks for the hours. I guess it depends on the crowds - tonight I went close to 8:30 and there were still lots of people.

                                        It's still apple-cinnamon week! It's not so bad: bits of apple tang here and there, not much cinnamon, more sweet than anything. Blueberry still my fave!