Address: Shop 43/1 Dixon St Sydney NSW
7 days a week, 1pm to 11pm
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Here’s an ice cream related post in honour of the English summer, while I am away!
N2 Extreme Gelato is a gelato store in Chinatown, Sydney (also on in Melbourne) which has featured on numerous blogs and websites since it opened last year.
Why is it any different from all the other gelaterias around town, you might ask? Well, the difference is that N2 makes gelato using liquid nitrogen.
According to Wikipedia (come on, we all use it!), Liquid nitrogen is nitrogen in its liquid state, when at an extremely low temperature.
Is it dangerous? Well, as N2′s website says, liquid nitrogen is safe as it is “non-toxic, non-flammable and it constitutes 78.09% of the earth’s atmosphere”.
Wikipedia states that liquid nitrogen’s culinary use was first mentioned in a book in 1890! As it is so cold, it produces a cold steam of nitrogen bubbles which cause rapid freezing on contact with fresh food and produce.
Liquid nitrogen at work!
Upon entering N2, you feel as though you are in some sort of secret lab (although it is not so much of a secret these days!). It is a dark space, with interesting pictures of anatomy on the wall.
The random chalk board scribbles make it seem as though you are in a mad scientist’s lab, watching some exciting and innovative creations unfold, while the colourful chairs add a playful feel to the space and brighten it up.
Behind the counter is a blackboard with the daily specials. These change regularly, although you can sometimes get the previous day’s gelato as well, depending on how much is left over.
I visited N2 on two consecutive days.
The first day I tried the Lemon Lime and Bitters gelato ($6.00).
After ordering, I watched as my lemon lime gelato was made in the coloured magic mixers. The misty concoctions were interesting to watch and I loved the cute beakers that were used to hold the ingredients. The lab coats also added to the experience.
I watched as a creme brulee ice cream was made, with a blow torch to make the sugar coating at the top of the ice cream golden!
When my gelato had been made, it was sprayed with Angostura bitters to give it a beautiful orange glow.
Presentation wise, it was lovely and glossy, scooped generously into a cup and piled high. I thought half a slice of lime or lemon would have looked cute, pushed into the top of the gelato.
While you can order two scoops, at N2 Gelato it would probably be unwise as the servings are quite large!
My first taste: it was delicious. The gelato was fresh, creamy yet light and so tangy. I love the taste of lemon and fresh citrus fruits, and it was perfect for the warm summer day.
I definitely enjoyed this flavour!
Lemon lime and bitters gelato, $6.00
The next day, I returned with Kiwi Kompanion for some more. It was 30 degrees and we were craving some ice cold salvation (or should I say salivation?).
Kiwi Kompanion went for the Pear and Blue Cheese gelato, the interesting N2 Black order of the day ($8.00).
Kiwi Kompanion with her gelato
This ice cream had pear inside the ice cream and a chunk of blue cheese on top. It was decorated with a crisp water cracker.
At first, Kiwi Kompanion thought it was a very odd taste, and despite being a blue cheese fan, she wasn’t sure whether she liked it.
Later however, after trying a bit of ice cream on the cracker with some brie, she began to warm to the taste and ended up finishing her whole ice cream- a good effort!
Pear and blue cheese gelato, $8.00
I chose the Black Salted Caramel ($6.00). One of my favourite flavours, salted caramel has been quite popular in the past couple of years, perhaps since Adriano Zumbo introduced salted caramel macarons!
The gelato came topped with some black salt, which was so salty I had to stir it all in so it wasn’t too strong.
This ice cream was much much creamier than the Lemon Lime and Bitters one I had the day before. It was also a lot thicker and actually resembled the sticky, stretchy consistency of salted caramel or dulce de leche.
It was absolutely delicious and I was pleased with my choice!
Black salted caramel gelato, $6.00
Overall, I really enjoyed both my visits to N2 and will be making many more return visits over the coming summer months!