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Montreal Ice Cream Highlights - 2012

I went to the Bilboquet but the lineup was too long so i went to Les givrés and had their version of the maple ice cream which is called la beurrasse or beurrée ?, it was more expensive then the other ice creams, just as Bilboquet, and it was satisfying. Not a big fan of their cone and they now charge .30 for the cup !
I'm surprised no one is talking about Roberto's ice cream/gelato.
If you ever go for a walk on mont st-hilaire, la cabosse d'or is a must and their cacao sorbet is really to die for !

[Note: This thread was split from the 2011 Ice Cream Highs thread at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784247 -- The Chowhound Team]

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  1. I do talk about Roberto! I think their Nougat gelato is my favorite ice-cream in this world.

    1. You can now find Coaticook Maple Sugar Ice Cream in Montreal supermarkets. It used to be only available at their factory and it is fantastic!

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      1. I drove by Kem Coba and seeing an open door couldnt resist. The soft flavour this week is maple or combo maple soft and maple ice cream: it was good but I still prefer the fruit ones. They offered tastings of the ice cream and i tried 5, next time will order a combo mango and corrosal (spelling?) as liked that the best. Also enjoyed the pink grapefruit. There is a new flavour salted butter ice cream but was not pronounced enough for my taste. They have 2 kinds of cookies ($1.75) and the dark chocolate and pecan one I ate was a winner, one of the best bought cookies I have had. They are so friendly and helpful even though shop was busy.

        1. I picked up peach/chocolate gelato from Roberto yesterday. The service was cold as hell. We were only taking time to decide which ones to try, the server gave us that "hurry up" look.

          Back to their gelato, I don't find anything particular interesting or special about it. A slight taste of artificial flavor appeared on my palate. So, people, what's good about it?

          1. Fous Dessert has added icecream/gelato to their range. I tried the "Marzipan and (something) Orange" on the weekend and loved it! As I left I was wondering how they would go selling icecream, when there are so many places along that stretch of Laurier that offer ice-cream, but I noticed that they have added a new sign and they will be open till 9:30pm during the summer (on the days they are usually open - they are closed Sun/Mon) Yay for post dinner walks for icecream!

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              1. re: mainsqueeze

                I am not sure, I am guessing it might be made there, or at least made exclusively for them, just because I have never seen that Marzipan and Orange flavour before, but I don't know for certain - I will ask next time!

                1. re: unlaced

                  I am here to confirm that all the ice cream are made on site. How do I know? I asked :)

            1. Strongly recommend the gelato at La Tache de Café in VSL, you could taste the real alcohol they add in their tiramisu, Go now, try the Nutella too.

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              1. re: ios94

                Thanks for reminding us of this place. I have to go pick up some gelato there. Nutella sounds heavenly!

                1. re: hungryann

                  If you like nutella ice cream, they make a phenomenal one at KemCoba. Although they rotate their flavours so might want to call first before making the trip.

              2. Orange sorbet swirled with coconut soft serve ice cream at Kem Coba - last day tomorrow! Go, go now! It was delicious and super refreshing!

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                1. re: unlaced

                  I had it last night and it is very good indeed.

                2. Les givrés has a lovely little soft serve right now (as of Friday anyway): vanilla bean and rhubarb. I'm a chocoholic and usually only get chocolate flavours or pistachio, but the vanilla swirled with rhubarb combo is winning.

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                  1. re: torontrealais

                    Les givrés is amazing. My food find of the summer, and the best pistachio in the city. I suggest all the fans of Kem Coba's apple and cinnamon check out their Tarte aux Pommes ice cream, it's incredible.

                  2. Had a combo of Earl Grey and strawberry sorbets at Kem Coba last night and it knocked my socks off. I'm not much of a sorbet guy but these two really are a great combo. I hope those flavours will be around for a while.

                    1. Kem Coba just brought back my favorite soft serve of all eternity: blueberry and honey. A must try.

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                      1. re: causeimhungry

                        Can't wait to try it! They have been hitting it out of the park this whole summer! I thought the only one that was good but not great was the mango and dulce leche (individually they were great, but the combo didn't work for me). I am dying for them to bring back the orange sorbet and coconut icecream combo (the Florida) - that was one magical icecream!

                        1. re: unlaced

                          I agree about the mango and dulce de leche combo. It didn't work that well. Every other flavour i've tasted was great. Personally, I think the best one they ever made was the apple and cinnamon flavour and I hope they bring it back because it was absolutely fantastic.

                          1. re: SnackHappy

                            I think they did not play that pair too long.

                            1. re: Maximilien

                              on weekend the flavour was mango and madagascar vanille which I liked very much

                              1. re: mangoannie

                                I think it was passion fruit not mango? Either way, that combo was delicious too!

                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                    The vanilla-passion fruit combo was great. I would have liked to try their chocolate combined with vanilla but they don't mix the soft & hard.

                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                      sorry I thought I had written passion fruit, guess had mango namesake on my brain! Its nice to see all the lineups at Kem Coba and area starting to grow with Cerise sur Gateau not far and Cartels opening , according to their FB tonight
                                      http://www.facebook.com/cartelrestaurant

                          2. re: causeimhungry

                            Just got back from Kem Coba. The blueberry-honey swirl was excellent, but to be honest I would have been happy with just the sorbet part. The honey ice cream gave a nice creamy contrast to the sorbet, but on its own it wasn't too interesting. My favourite of the soft serve combos I've tried is a tie between apple/cinnamon and sour cherry/almond milk.

                            Oh and I bought a pot of Earl Grey sorbet to take home. Best new flavour this year!

                            1. re: mainsqueeze

                              Tried it last weekend as my first Kem Coba experience, it was really good, i loved the honey swirl mixed with the blueberry, but wouldn't get any of those as a standalone, the mix was perfect.

                          3. Just had my first Kem Coba tonight. I had the highly touted Salted Butter ice cream. Total disappointment. Just no real oomph on the flavour side. Very bland.
                            On the other hand I tasted the blueberry sorbet and it was a knockout, really great. And the chocolate ice cream was good too.
                            Will go again but not for SB.

                            1. Anyone try strawberry and coconut soft serve at Kem Coba yet? I am trepidatious as they are not two flavours I would normally think of putting together.

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                              1. re: mainsqueeze

                                i did try it, the coconut taste is pretty faint, so the combination is pretty good

                                1. re: illusion

                                  I tried it today and loved iit! The coconut flavour was a bit too subtle, after the first few bites I forgot it was coconut. My husband had the lime mint and raved. Will definitely go back.

                              2. Apple/Cinnamom soft serve was like apple pie on a cone, awesome. Unfortunately today is their last day of the year for soft serve according to their Facebook page. They will back in Nov.