Chin Chin Laboratorists

Address: 49-50 Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF, United Kingdom
Telephone: 07885 604 284

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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
4.2
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Service
3.5
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Food and drink
4.2
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Value for money
3.9
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Ambience
3.5
90%
Location
3.9
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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.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Foodies
  • Singles
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness

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