Have you been watching Masterchef on TV and getting annoyed that you can’t get hold of liquid nitrogen to make those awesome gelato? Do you squirm like a child (just a little bit of course) inside when you see the vapor pouring out of those bowls? Well, the good news is, ordinary people like us can now enjoy delicious gelato made right in front of our eyes using just that – liquid nitrogen.
I present to you N2 Extreme Gelato in Fitzroy.
It is a name that’s not unfamiliar to you Sydney-siders of course but we Melbournians can finally get a taste of this new and hip joint that has everyone raving.
The decor is very relaxed and almost outdoorsy with synthetic grass spread out on crates and even a bed for you to sleep on if you wished. It definitely has the ambiance of a good hangout spot.
I loved their toilet humour too. Just couldn’t help but take a photo.
The setup here is expensive I’m sure with Kitchenaids lining the table like blenders at Boost and dispensers for the liquid to be turned into gelato.
The flavouring is added to the Kitchenaid and then liquid nitrogen is poured in. It’s like watching magic happen right before my eyes. It’s just a shame the vapor doesn’t last a bit longer.
The flavours here are few but very creative and often changes as they experiment with new ones. The policy here is just 1 scoop. Don’t even think about a second scoop as you really can’t finish it. It is just so surprisingly filling. At $6 a scoop, it might seem expensive but the amount you get is value for money.
Taking the suggestion from Racheese who’s already been here once, I opted for the Me So Happy with miso caramel & peanuts on top of milk gelato. I love miso (Japanese fermented soy bean paste) and since salted caramel works so well, I was certain miso would too and I was right. The milk gelato was silky smooth, a lot smoother than regular gelato as the liquid nitrogen freezes the liquid so fast it doesn’t crystalise as much. This in turn makes the gelato more dense and filling. The salty miso on top went so well with the milky gelato and the peanuts added additional textures.
Racheese ordered the sour cream chocolate which was rich and so chocolatey. You can’t taste the sour cream all that much as it’s perfectly blended in with the chocolate making it more standout in flavour.
Y ordered the mango sorbet which tasted a bit ordinary compared to mine. It just tasted like regular mango sorbet (mind you there’s nothing wrong with mango sorbet) but perhaps the theatrics of the liquid nitrogen gave me expectations of something more spectacular.
I’m surprised N2 is not more popular. Everything about it is screaming geek but cool and delicious to boot. I know I will be back again to try some of their great creations. And of course, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of childish squirming as the liquid nitrogen is added, makes it that much more enjoyable. So do give this little hidden gem a visit, I know you won’t regret, especially with this hot weather we’re currently having! Feels like summer already…
N2 Extreme Gelato
329 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC