Chin Chin Laboratorists
49-50 Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF
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Expert review of Chin Chin Laboratorists
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.
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.
Utilitarian. There are a few pieces of garden furniture to perch on, and swings by the door, but really just the basics.
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.
In a cobbled, pedestrianized alley off busy Camden High Street.
A dish of ice-cream with two toppings is £3.95.
More information on Chin Chin Laboratorists:
- Price guide:
- Coffee shop, Ice-cream parlour, Takeaway
- Ice cream
- 49-50 Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF
- 07885 604 284
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible
- Free tags / Keywords:
- nitro, Valrhona