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Ripples ice cream (Montreal, Plateau)

Is the ice cream really as phenomenal as a few people say? Also, what's the quality of their soft-serve?

I don't live in the Plateau, but when I'm there, it seems to be at times when Ripples is closed...should I make a special trip when they're open or am I not missing that much?

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  1. I don't know the ripple you're talking of, but for soft-serve ice cream, go to Kem-Coba (fairmount st.) or Les Givrés (st. denis st.) but at les Givré, be careful what cone you have, the last one was really crumbly.

    For regular ice cream, I go to Havre aux Glaces at Jean-Talon Market (open late 10pm-ish most days in the summer)

    1. It's pretty good...but is it worth a trip? I'd rank it along the lines of Bilboquet or Havre aux glaces in terms of quality (though a completely different product). In other words, I'd gladly have some, were I in the area - often after smoked meat - but I have a hard time justifying a cross-town trip for Ripples.

      Disclosure: it's been a good two years since I've been; the product may be better or worse now

      1. I really like Ripples. It's a lot more traditional that some of the places more talked about on this board, but they do make some good ice cream. Is it worth going out of you way for? I don't know. It's certainly worth it if your around those parts. I don't remember their soft serve being anything special.

        1. Ripples is great. Very traditional flavours, as SH said, some exotic, and all very good. Fantastic people-watching spot too, on the benches right across from Schwartz and lots of pretty girls walking by on your side of the street. It's the best place on the Plateau, imo (I dunno about Mile End 'cause I avoid the area like the plague). It's also cheaper than most places. (Or maybe it's just that Meu-Meu and other spots in the 'Frenchier' parts are wicked overpriced; actually yes, that's it because Little Italy prices are more reasonable, too.)

          I couldn't say if it's worth a special trip though because as luck would have it, I live 10 minutes by foot. Havre-au-Glace and a number of spots in Little Italy whose names escape me are definitely worth a special trip. But that's mostly gelato, so its a bit apples-to-oranges.

          Actually, regarding gelato: I'll put in a plug for Cafe Magma at 4095 St-Laurent. Limited selection but all the classics like lemon, hazelnut, etc., & good prices (also, never a line-up). My go-to for gelato around my 'hood.

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          1. re: Shattered

            "(Or maybe it's just that Meu-Meu and other spots in the 'Frenchier' parts are wicked overpriced; actually yes, that's it because Little Italy prices are more reasonable, too.)"

            I reckon you've only been to Meu-Meu and not to other ice cream places in "frenchier parts". Le Patio and Bo-bec are both as traditional as Ripples and the prices are quite similar. Leo le glacier, Point G and other fancier places are priced similarly to Havre-aux-glaces or Kem Coba. Prices at Meu-Meu are the exception not the rule.

            1. re: SnackHappy

              Am I mistaken or is Meu-Meu (mostly) organic? This might explain the higher price point.

              1. re: mainsqueeze

                Yes, a good portion of their product is organic.

              2. re: SnackHappy

                Good to know, I can venture beyond the "dumb english-ey parts" ;) Oh wait, I already avoid Mile End.

            2. Haven't been in a while, but I don't recall them having soft-serve. I think they did have that frozen yogurt where they put frozen fruit and a block of plain frozen yogurt into a big machine, and the flavored "frogurt" squirts out, kind of like soft-serve. I would agree that it's pretty good overall but probably not worth a special trip.

              1. Ripples is an old school ice cream parlor and still makes the best Green Tea Ice Cream in town.As far as soft -serve I had a Maple soft serve that rocked my world at Kem Coba as far as Gelato Kem Coba rules in that category as well. I recently had a cup of half soursop half mango that was memorable.The Owner is passionate about his work and it shows with his inventive delicious product.

                1. So I went to Ripples today for the first time and bought 3 different kinds of ice cream. Owner was very nice and gave me a deal. But...it was nothing special. And it (especially the coconut and pistachio flavours) tasted artificially intense.

                  I hate giving negative reviews but ice cream is probably the one thing I am crazy picky about. I am still looking for the perfect full-fat, dense-as-hell, minimal amount of ingredients ice cream. Coaticook beats the stuff I had at Ripples today, esp, their pistachio.

                  I'm disappointed. And open to recs. Not gelato, ice cream, the higher fat/cream content the better, exotic flavours not necessary - I'll try them, tho.

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                  1. re: montrealeater

                    i agree but it is better than nestle

                    at least psychologically

                    1. re: montrealeater

                      I think Ripples is ok. The kulifi flavor is worth a try and, as far as I know, you can't find it anywhere else in Montreal.

                      1. re: Brusselssprout

                        Bo-Bec on Laurier East makes a very good kulfi.

                      2. re: montrealeater

                        Snackhappy beat me to it, Bo-bec IMO is much better than Ripples and I believe actually worth going out of the way for if you are looking for a traditional type of ice cream. No idea about the kulfi but I've tried some really good flavors the past few summers.

                      3. Has anyone tried Bo-Bec's homemade ice cream sandwiches? Any good?

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                        1. re: mainsqueeze

                          Bo-Becs is right next to where I live. Last time I was there was 10 years ago and it was disappointing. Never went back. So I thought about giving a second chance today. SnackHappy, I still prefer Ripples's kulfi. You can taste better the spices at Bo-Bec but the texture is not right. As for homemade ice cream sandwiches they have different flavors. I tried the traditional one. It was ok and tasted good of Graham cookies

                          1. re: Brusselssprout

                            Thanks Brusselssprout. That looks like a chocolate wafer... what kind of ice cream was inside? Just plain vanilla?

                            1. re: mainsqueeze

                              Yes, plain vanilla. But they also sale some with chocolate ice cream.

                        2. Just wanted to say we tried the strawberry sorbet from Ripples last night (we bought a few different kinds of ice cream and sorbet and put it all in the freezer) and it was really good. The only thing from there I would buy again, and happily. It was very creamy, which isn't something i expected.