XTC

Price guide: Budget

45B Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong

Price guide: Budget

XTC

By Ed Peters, your Hong Kong expert

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#40 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:3.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.6
3.6
Ambience:
3.4
3.4
Service:
3.6
3.6
Location:
3.6
3.6
Value for money:
3.6
3.6
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Foodies, Chilling out, No fuss

Expert review of XTC

Artisinal gelato: XTC is pronounced "ecstasy" for good reason.

XTC has been delighting Hong Kongers since 2002, many of whom skip dessert at whatever restaurant they've just eaten at to wander along the street and gaze at the range of flavours - 80 at the last count - that's never short of enticing. 

Food and drink: 

The gelatos and sorbets are freshly made, using - for example - Valrhona chocolate from France, kalamansi fruit from orchards in the Philippines, and pistachios grown on the lower slopes of Mount Etna in Italy. They also do gelato cakes.

Recommended dishes: 

Stem ginger; and honey lemongrass. Yes!

Ambience: 

The stores are all fairly small, with minimal seating, but well lit and welcoming. With a bit of a sweet tooth myself, I'm never so happy as when I can loll outside watching the world go by and slurping as decorously as the day's temperature allows.

Service: 

You're welcome to try the various flavours before - decisions, decisions - making your final choice. Staff are invariably cheerful: who wouldn't be working somewhere like this?

Location: 

Very much the town centre.

Price advice: 

Lick for lick, it's more pricey than regular ice cream, but worth it.

Other useful branches: 

There are other brances in Tsim Sha Tsui - see the website for details.

More information on XTC:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Ice-cream parlour
Food:
Ice cream
Address:
45B Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong
Telephone:
2541 0500
Website:
http://www.xtc.com.hk
Opening times:
Daily 11am-12 midnight.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
artisan

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