Here's a cool fest
It's raining ice creams! And, you'll love getting drenched here
Pics. S.Siva Saravanan
THE RAIN was threatening to pour anytime. But that did not stop us from reviewing an ice cream fest. As the manager at Hawaii rightly pointed out: "Weather does not really dampen the spirit of ice cream lovers."
So, just walk into the restaurant on Bharathiar Road and indulge in a variety of natural ice creams, sundaes and ice kachangs. Mention ice cream and you develop an instant appetite. Be it rain or shine, a scoop of vanilla, pista or chocolate can tickle your taste buds.
"We have organised the fest to popularise and market our natural ice creams in a big way. We are offering ten special natural ice creams during the fest," says Ashok, Manager. The flavours make all the difference here. Syrups like the Irish coffee and Hazelnut are imported from France. These syrups, when combined with a scoop of vanilla or butterscotch, offer you a relishing experience. We were only glad to try out the flavours. Vanilla and Irish coffee make for a great combination. Follow it up with spice honey (mixture of roasted and powdered cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in honey). It is a must-try!
You can also go in for hazelnut syrup with butterscotch. The in-house caramel syrup (mixture of apricot, dates and honey) with almonds sprinkled on top will leave you asking for more.
Apart from the usual flavours of natural ice creams, you will get to relish a whole lot of varieties like coconut, dry fruits, kesar pista, pineapple, ginger & honey and fruits & nuts.
During the weekend fest, every scoop of natural ice cream will be served with fresh cut fruits topped with honey, cream and fruit puree. Yummy, huh!
Medley of fruits
Ice kachangs have taken a new form at the fest. They are topped with fresh mango and pineapple puree (The choice is yours! Both are good) with the splash of usual syrups. This one is for those who love a `chilling' experience.
The fest also offers a mukkani ice cream (a medley of mango, jackfruit and banana with spoonfuls of cream poured in) and a banana ice cream that tastes a lot different from the rest, thanks to the generous addition of fresh fruit puree. You can also try custard apple and alphonso mango in this section.
Your experience at the fest is incomplete without Mocca. It's a dark syrup (a mix of coffee, drinking chocolate and cocoa) and when served with scoops of vanilla and butterscotch, is a real delight. "This will definitely excite coffee lovers as it's more like enjoying a cup of iced coffee," the manager adds.
Ice cream is always synonymous with kids. To attract the attention of tiny tots, there is a clown sundae that comes with red jelly cubes. On offer are other varieties named after cartoon characters like Popeye, Scooby Doo, Bugs Bunny and Jumanji.
Now, over to "Between the sheets". For a change, ice cream is sandwiched between slices of choco cakes with nuts and sauces added on. We tried Monte Carlo, chocolate cake sandwiched with butterscotch ice cream, nuts and caramel sauce. It tastes heavenly.
The festival is on for this weekend - August 13 to 15. Contact 98425-64000 & 98430-07272 for bookings.
M. ALLIRAJAN & K. JESHI
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