There couldn’t be a better way to beat the heat than to head to the Häagen Dazs lounge at Phoenix Mills on a weekday. Of course, it can only get better if Alice (of Alice Wandering…) is meeting Celery (of When Harry met Celery) there.
After tasting literally every flavour (almost 20) at the counter, we settled on “summer berries and cream”, “Belgian chocolate” and “dulce de leche” as our favourites. We were in for a treat as the “fondue”, “summer blossom” and “paradise” creations landed on the table. Split among 6 of us, the fondue was finished in about 3 minutes and summer blossom and paradise in even lesser time.
The Häagen Dazs fondue is one of their signature creations. A pot of melting dark chocolate sauce is surrounded by mini ice cream scoops, fruits and patisserie. Priced at Rs 1300, every fondue comes with four mini scoops of Belgian Chocolate, Strawberry, Cookies & Cream and Vanilla each, eight cubes of sponge cake, three pieces of hard cookies, picola sticks, seasonal fruits and chocolate chip cookies. Sounds yum, doesn’t it? My mouth is watering at the sight and I want to go back for more.
Flower Blossom and Paradise are pretty much variations of the same concoction. While one is a crunchy waffle basket of vanilla, strawberry, coffee and chocolate ice-cream, raspberry and mango sorbet dressed with hot fudge and raspberry sauce, the other is a mountain of flat waffles dripping with chocolate sauce.
Now, for the fun part. Alice and Celery can be quite creative when it comes to whipping up their own combinations. And they love waffles and crepes. So, they decided to pair those with their favourite flavours and ice creams.
One of my favourite breakfast treats is waffles. With summer berries and cream ice-cream – this maple syrup doused waffle has quickly climbed up my favourite dessert chart. As quickly as mercury rising on the thermometer. Since the waffle toast is pre-soaked in liquid when it comes to me, it lacks a crispy note which makes it taste like a soft-sweet cake. The berry ice-cream is milky with a comfortable tartness of the berries. Its flavour, simply put, is a cross between creamy ice-cream and tangy sorbet. And if you get me started with the colour, Vera Wang’s spring/summer line will be put to shame.
No, I wasn’t eyeing Celery’s hot maple syrup laden waffles and neither did I sneak in a chunk. I was rather content with my soft crepe made sweeter with rich Belgian chocolate ice-cream and funner with chocolate sprinkles. FYI, the iconic Belgian chocolate ice-cream is actually soft Belgian chocolate flakes mixed with chocolate ice-cream. That’s why it’s rather chunky and not so smooth. This particular concoction is good for the days you’re craving a chocolate filled crepe.
Häagen Dazs has recently opened at High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel. Find it opposite Croma and PVR Cinemas. You’ll be delighted to know Häagen Dazs caters for parties on special occasions too. Opt for a 473ml pint at Rs 625 or 100ml miniscoop at Rs 185 available in Belgian Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberries & Cream, Strawberry and Cookies & Cream or 63ml stick bar at Rs 150 available in Coffee Almond Crunch, Vanilla Almond, Vanilla Milk and Cookies & Cream. I’m so tempted even though my birthday is far away.