A crush on desserts

A range of bubble teas that can be customised

A range of bubble teas that can be customised   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Try your hand at making your own ice cream roll at Iceberry in RS Puram

It is not easy to find Iceberry. Google Maps insists I’m there but the only sign I can see says Messy Bowl. It takes a few passes and missteps before I realise I have to enter the gate next door. The café is a small room, just big enough to seat 10 people.

I look at the menus and am grateful that I have company. Bubble tea and ice creams are the only items available but there is a formidable line up. While my companion goes for the bestselling Planto and a creamy mango-flavoured bubble tea with chocolate and mango bobas, I dither.

Karthick, the engineer-turned-food entrepreneur behind the café, explains that the bubble tea has two bases: a creamy one made of non-dairy creamer and tea. He offers around 20 flavours and add-ons like tapioca pearls, popping bobas and nata de coco. “The fruit flavours are concentrated purées,” he says, but adds that not everyone likes that. “The strawberry purée is slightly sour and most people are used to the sweeter artificial taste. So I also have crushes.”

Iceberry Planto

Iceberry Planto   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

I decide to be adventurous and order a taro and Japanese matcha bubble teas. The Planto arrives in a lovely earthenware pot. The dish is made of seven layers: brownie, nuts, sponge cake, two flavours of ice cream, nuts and nata de coco, berry pulp and chocolate cookies, all crushed to look like soil. A single rose is planted on this and a small cup of creamy liquid accompanies it. “Pour as much of the creamer as you want,” instructs Karthick. My companion gingerly pours out a few drops and then digs his spoon in.

  • @ 30, Subramaniam Street, RS Puram
  • Hits: Japanese Matcha bubble tea, Iceberry Planto
  • Miss: Mango-flavoured bubble tea
  • Meal for two: Between ₹300 and 400 depending on your order. However the Planto alone costs ₹251, so expect the bill to be more if you order that.
  • Call 097913 50712

A couple of mouthfuls and his face takes on a blissful expression. “It’s chocolate heaven,” he says. I try a spoonful, mindful of the effect chocolate has on me, and I have to admit that it is indeed sinfully rich and superlatively tasty. And the portion is quite large.

Coming to the bubble teas, the mango-flavoured one was mildly sweet and the fruit flavour was stronger in the popping boba. The taro tea, a pretty mauve in colour, was interesting to say the least. A hint of sweet would suddenly be overtaken by a yam-like taste. The two played hide and seek with every sip making for an interesting drink. The Japanese Matcha tea with green tea boba was an outright winner with its strong astringent flavour followed by a lingering sweet after taste. The teas are served in little bottles shaped like old-fashioned bulbs.

Iceberry also offers ice-cream rolls. While there is a set menu, those interested can create their own. All the ingredients are displayed against one wall and, once the customer makes the choices, fresh cream is added and the machine does the rest of the work. I watch as he makes a roll for another customer and decide to keep this for another day.

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