Chin Chin Laboratorists

Price guide: Budget

49-50 Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF

Price guide: Budget

Making chocolate ice-cream

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

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#64 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
3.5
3.5
Service:
3.5
3.5
Location:
3.9
3.9
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Foodies, Singles, People watching, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of Chin Chin Laboratorists

Never heard of a nitro ice-cream parlour? That’s no surprise – this is the first one in Europe.

It’s not every day someone puts on a pair of protective glasses to serve you ice-cream, but then it’s not every day clouds billow from your dessert either. This quirky spot – perfectly situated amidst the stalls, shops and restaurants of Camden loch – freezes ice-cream to-order right in front of customers, using liquid nitrogen held in a gas tank by the door.

Food and drink: 

There’s usually three varieties of ice-cream on offer: vanilla, Valrhona 66% cocoa solids dark chocolate and the daily special – pumpkin spiced with ginger, cinnamon and black pepper, say, in autumn, or perhaps raspberry and tarragon in summer. Co-founder Ahrash Akbari-Kalhur spent some time training to be a pastry chef and brings a restaurant sensibility to the ice-cream flavours and toppings such as salted caramel sauce, raspberry coulis, caramelized pecans, and violet-flecked sugar shards. You can also get well-made Monmouth coffee here, and takeaway goodies such as raspberry and violet marshmallows, and chocolate lollipops with popping candy.

Ambience: 

Utilitarian. There are a few pieces of garden furniture to perch on, and swings by the door, but really just the basics.

Service: 

Queuing can last up to 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday, such is the popularity – and curiosity. Come during the week for a friendly step-by-step account of what they’re doing to make the ice-cream.

Location: 

In a cobbled, pedestrianized alley off busy Camden High Street.

Price advice: 

A dish of ice-cream with two toppings is £3.95.

More information on Chin Chin Laboratorists:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Coffee shop, Ice-cream parlour, Takeaway
Food:
Ice cream
Address:
49-50 Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF
Telephone:
07885 604 284
Website:
http://www.chinchinlabs.com
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible
Free tags / Keywords:
nitro, Valrhona

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