London - Seriously good Syrian pistachio ice-cream at Damas Rose, Edgware Road
I trekked up Edgware Road the other day to seek out Damas Rose, which reputedly served the *best* booza al-haleb - stretchy, gummy pistachio ice-cream - outside of Damascus. And considering that many of us wouldn't be planning to visit Syria anytime soon, this is as close as we can get to a taste of the real thing.
Return visit on Saturday - when it comes to syrup-laden filo-pastry-based desserts, Damas Rose also has the works: from buttery-sweet baklava to burma (whole pistachios wrapped in vermicelli-like sugary strands; fat, glistening crescent-shaped kataif; creamy-sweet kenafeh topped with chopped pistachios, etc.
Very friendly couple of guys running the place.
Damas Rose Deli
121B Edgware Road
London W2 2HX
Only for that day perhaps! They probably sold out over the long weekend, and asked you to come back the next day for a new one?
I first had the pistachio ice-cream there last Tue evening, around 7.30-ish, as it was after dinner at Mandalay (Burmese restaurant) up the road.
When I returned there on Sat, 3.45pm, there was a fresh roll just waiting to be cut and served.