Snowflake, Soho, London
If you’re like me, and have an insatiable need for dessert following a meal, than Snowflake is your top place for a Soho-based after-lunch sugar high. At the time our group popped in it was only the one lady madly scooping out gelati. So it wasn’t the speediest. I’ve also been in a second time for the dining in desserts and safe to say, it’s well worth the little wait on both occasions.
Where it all started
Snowflake was started back in 2012 by founder Asad and gelato chef Paolo. Their vision was to create superb, fresh and delicious gelato from the world’s best ingredients. All the gelato at Snowflake are handmade the Italian way, and they even picked up an award for their raspberry sorbet from a few years’ back. There are five stores at the moment, with their flagship location at Marble Arch. The Snowflake Soho store is a relatively small affair, with a few tables for the sit in guests.
On my first visit we were a decent-sized crowd but I (tried to) help speed things through by ordering the ready-to-go gelato basket (£4.20). I couldn’t quite recall what flavour the server told me it was (vaguely recall Tiramisu being thrown out there) but it was delightful. A smooth consistency and balanced sweetness to whisk you away somewhere more pleasant. It’s encased in a waffle basket, was a chocolately coating. Along with the special bowl, there’s a white chocolate egg, along with nuts, berries and a fruit compote. The fruit was fab. I was pleased for it’s a nice Easter tie in.
Second time round I had a few friends and a bit more time. Anne had a sizable gift voucher so we sat in and ordered from their proper menu. The guys shared the Nutella waffle (£5.50) which is freshly made. It had a nice crust, good sweetness and the Nutella is properly filled in here.
My choice was the elegant Nutty Snowdrift (£8.80) which has Sicilian pistachio, Piedmont hazelnut and peanut butter gelato with all three nut types and a glazed caramel sauce. This is featured in the banner above and is pretty much a triple scoop ice-cream plated up. All the gelato is delicious, my favourite is the peanut butter as I’m sucker for that every time. I’d say it is a bit pricy compared to what you can get scooped, the minor additions don’t feel that substantial. It’s good for sharing as three scoops is plenty. The final item on the table was the chocolate fondant cake (£6.50) served warm, oozing with all that delicious centre.
Snowflake’s a friendly dessert stop and can sometimes be better than my favoured Gelupo, as it does have handy seating and a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere. It doesn’t taste overly sweet and the flavour options are a bit more interesting than the norm.