If I’m heading to the city, I’m trying to figure out how I can add Giapo Gelato to the itinerary. It’s hard to think of any parlour in Auckland (maybe New Zealand) that tries harder on the flavour front. On Friday, we had a bit of time before our movie started, and never one to let dinner spoil my dessert, I thought I’d grab a Gelato just in case dinner took out my appetite later.
Choosing flavours is never easy, and this time was no different. You can always count on something out of the norm, and the almost purchase went to Laphroaig and dark chocolate. My eye was however drawn to the promise of lavender raspberry custard and salted caramel.
Salted Caramel was great. Ordinarily it would just be one of those it does what it says on the tin scenario, but those little ginger crumbs you see in the photo really made the flavour pop. Lavender Custard and Raspberry was a little different. Custard didn’t really come to the fore, but there was a full bouquet of lavender up my nose and in my mouth for the entire experience, the raspberry marbling blazed a marvellous, but too brief a trail through my scoop. There just wasn’t enough for my liking, and emphasised just how much I was missing an eggy custard sensation in the rest of the gelato. Still, overall pretty happy with the experience.
Watch out for freeloaders trying to sample the full range of flavours. You’ll be waiting for ages if you’re not quick.
Flavours don’t necessarily stick around. So if you’re not in the city often, don’t think you’re going to sample frangipane and merlot on your next visit. A friend told me they had Peanut Butter & Jelly, and I, sadly, have never seen it.
I’ve never gone too far wrong with any flavour that has cake in the title. Cake of cheese, cake of pan, cake of cup, cake is normally on the up and up.
It is warm inside the shop and the gelato soft. Outside might not be much better in the summer, but you’re probably better to get someone to save a table out there while the rest of you go inside. Alternately, if you’re like me and any time is a good time for Gelato, count on the indoors option keeping you somewhat warm in the depths of winter.
Located right by the cinema, don’t bother with some overpriced movie ice cream if you’ve got time to pick this up and take it in with you.