This gelato shop is located in Stanley, Hong Kong. If you’ve never been there, it a place filled with tourists and expats and also locals on weekends. As you can see from this photo of the shop front, there are already people with 3 different hair colours : ) The shop itself is tiny, with only about 8 seats inside and a teeny table outside, but in an area like Stanley you really don’t need to sit inside a shop to have ice-cream.
My choice this time is a double scoop of hazelnut and rich chocolate brownie. The scoops are quite expensive, but considering it is a touristy place, I suppose it is expected. I don’t know whether Gino has another shop elsewhere, though (or if Gino’s a real person).
Both flavours are great. The hazelnut is nutty but subdued- it doesn’t have the usual oily nut taste. Instead, it tastes matte (I know matte is a colour tone, but I would say it’s a matte taste as opposed to a glossy one, if you know what I mean. I suck at describing tastes.) Let’s say it isn’t at all like nutella. I feel like I can have 10 scoops of it without getting sick of the flavour.
The rich chocolate brownie lives up to its name. It is really rich. The chocolate gelato has a deep dark chocolate taste. I believe it doesn’t have much added sugar since it tastes more like cocoa than chocolate. The brownie, on the other hand, can be improved slightly. It’s on the crumbly side, and not rich enough (doesn’t stand out against the chocolate gelato background). Personally, I prefer a fudgy, chewy brownie in my ice-cream. I guess a way to improve this flavour is to make either the gelato or the brownie slighly sweeter, because now they’re too much alike, so it’s just the texture which is different.
And look! Doggie gelato! $8 (that’s HKD) gots to homeless dogs! What a great way to market the shop, as Stanley is a famous place for dog-owners, and you can see dozens of them wandering about, having the time of their lives. I haven’t seen the Doggie Gelato in the shop though, but I suppose it’s a good idea to keep it away from the human gelato… lemme guess, is that bacon flavoured?