5 new ice cream options in Jakarta
With our steamy year-round climate, you would think that we would have a place in our food pyramid for ice creams, sorbets, and anything sweet and frozen. We already took some of our favourites out of the freezer, but we all screamed for more ice cream!
It’s so hot, so why not have the ice cream brought to you? Pokkonya delivers their delicious, chilly treats right to your door! If that wasn’t enticing enough, their fruit-based popsicles, made from fresh seasonal fruit (including refreshing chunks of the good stuff) and palm sugar, are amazing. Everything is made in small batches so they might not have your first picks, but our favourite flavours are passion-fruit-mango (you’ll love the huge chunks of mango in there), double chocolate (made with Nutella), and longan lime.
You say mad scientist like it’s a bad thing! Chef Ron Prasanto not only makes his gelato using liquid nitrogen (all the craze right now in town), he also injects a healthy dose of molecular gastronomy, and a heaping serving of showmanship. We weren’t kidding about the injection, at Ron’s Laboratory, your flavours and sauces come in syringes, but don’t let that scare you off, they are super tasty. The ice cream parlour has some of the most original dessert creations in town, including the Choco Windproof, gelato infused with Tolak Angin, topped with Lindt chocolate chunks and a chocolate injection; and the Thai Tea, grass-jelly-topped Thai-tea-flavoured gelato.
Ron’s Laboratory, Grand Indonesia Mall, level 5, Jl. MH Thamin no. 1, CBD, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/6878-2192. Hours: Mon-Thur 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-10pm.
Ron’s Laboratory, Pondok Indah Mall 1, Jl. Duta Metro Pondok Indah Mall,PIM, South Jakarta. Hours: Mon-Thur 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-10pm.
The newest desert trend in Jakarta right now is liquid nitrogen gelato, and for good reason! The liquid nitrogen freezes the gelato in mere minutes and gives it an incredible smoothness. At Elicxir Gelato, the mix masters apply this technique to an ever-changing menu that depends heavily on seasonal ingredients. Insider tip: Elixcir has secret flavours of the month. They are off-menu but you can check Elixcir’s social media outlets to find out what they are. In August, they were serving up Brazilian Coffee Noir, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with this month!
Elicxir Gelato, Plaza Indonesia, level 5, Jl. MH Thamrin kav. 28-30, CBD, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/2992-3717. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 1am – 11pm, Sun 10am-10pm.
Elicxir Gelato, Gading Garden Walk, ground floor, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm.
Elicxir Gelato, Central Park Mall, Jl. S. Parman kav. 28, Grogol, West Jakarta. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm.
Yet another liquid nitrogen ice cream joint, but Freeze Indonesia separates itself from the pack with a slew of flavours (think green tea, taro, coconut, cotton candy, and butterscotch) and toppings – they promise that there are more than 1,000 different combinations possible! If you can’t make up your mind, Freeze also has a big menu of signature creations like the I Heart Tea, milk tea ice cream with boba pearl; the Brazilian Nut, coffee and peanut butter ice cream with Oreo cookies and caramel sauce; and the Charlie and the Cheesecake Factory, cheesecake ice cream with fresh fruits and pretzels.
Freeze Indonesia, Taman Anggrek Mall, level 5, JL. Letjen S. Parman kav. 21, Gogol, West Jakartap. 62-21/563-9981 Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm.
Freeze Indonesia, Pondok Indah Mall, JL. Duta Metro Pondok Indah Mall, PIM, South Jakarta. Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm.
Spiky Smooth is still very much under the radar, but we’re betting that they will be blow up soon. Their handmade ice cream varieties are smooth and rich, and you’ll definitely taste the quality of their ingredients. Spiky Smooth packs their ice cream into cute containers when you order them for delivery or to go, but our pick is their ice cream waffle sandwiches, made on the spot. But this is an elusive treat, they only make them at pop-up markets and other special events. Check their social media outlets to see if they are popping up close to you soon!
Spiky Smooth, order by messaging 62-0821/1142-2069.
Top image: Pokkonya