6 specialist Dubai ice cream parlours
In a city that reaches temperatures that resemble a one-sided rugby score, cold is definitely gold. Specialist ice cream parlours are actually surprisingly sparse in Dubai. Instead of finding one on every street corner, a little bit of exploration is required if you want more than food court fodder.
Here are six that have helped us get through many a Dubai summer.
The Ice Factory
How much? AED18 for a large cone
The Ice Factory serves up ice creams, milkshakes, gelatos and coffees from its small space in JBR, where there is enough passing traffic to merit a regular queue. Our choice would be the lemon gelato, which tasted fresh and had the zesty tang that borders on the sour – incredibly refreshing in Dubai. Places like this are always preferred to the big name chains, as the best snacks, although frozen, are still made fresh.
Where: Dubai Mall (lower ground)
How much? AED34 for a Chocolate Sundae
Morelli’s is an institution. Despite the name, it was actually born in the South East of England in the 1930s and has become known for its creativity when mixing flavours. The speciality here is the Bacio, which consists of chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla with a chocolate truffle, intertwined with magnum chocolate and drizzled with even more chocolate and hazelnut sauce. They also love a sundae, which are generous and served up in a classic glass bowl.
How much? AED11 per 100 grams of your chosen dish
Another good and popular choice on the JBR Walk. The choice here is the frozen yoghurt, with a massive number of flavours available from peach to gingerbread to red velvet cake. The concept allows for you to mix your flavours yourself, and pay for the weight of your ice cream – as many of us still do with that frankly evil pick-n-mix stand outside Vox Cinemas in Mall of the Emirates.
How much? AED19 for a medium
A sign on the wall states: “design, art, fashion, cars, food, soccer – good things come the Italian way”. While you argue over a couple of those points, you’ll probably agree on the food part after you’ve eaten their lemon gelato or, the recommendation of the owner, himself an Italian, the chocolate with biscuit pieces. The extra crunch just capped it off – this one is definitely worth a visit.
Where: Emaar Boulevard Plaza, Downtown Dubai
How much? AED50 for a lunch selection
Widely reported as “the most famous ice cream parlour in all of Rome”, Giolitti is famed for its wide range of flavours. Visiting for a simple cone turned into a full meal. The black and white interior with smooth lines suits the product, additional to my favourite inside restaurant windows around. Bellissima.
Where: Amman Street, Al Nahda
How much? AED 14-20 for Kulfi
The menu may leave you with a quizzical look on your face, but the food itself will leave you with a smile. The spot specialises in Indian ice creams – a concept I didn’t realise existed beforehand, but I’m glad it does. The interior is very strange, a bit of beach, a bit of park, a stencilled wall and bicycle wheels all feature. The pistachio kulfi was the selection, and it was rich and creamy, and according to other diners very authentic. The friendly staff will be happy to help out any uneducated new kulfi lovers like myself with a smile.