Lulu & Mooky’s Review

Posted by Scott on June 22nd, 2010

Lulu & Mooky's

Rating: 2 paws out of 5
Spent:
.$6
Chain:
No.
Date Friendly:
Yes, for an after dinner stop or a short one
Note:
Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, Cash only and hours are inconsistent and hard to find.  Usually  weekends they are open late.
129 Allen St.
New York, NY 10002

Wow, finally a liquid nitrogen place where I can have my fancy ice cream combinations created in a laboratory style setting.  This place just excites this hungry ferret to new high levels.  Oh the choices and choices to pick from.  There are so many, where does one start?   Let’s get to work  and see what kind of monster this little guy can make?

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The way this place works is that you can pick from a list of base flavors.  These are basically all of flavors from liquid extracts.  They combine all these flavors together in a bowl prior to the freezing.

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Then if you want for an extra $1.50 you can select a real fruit puree or 50 cents add an additional spice. On the wall next to the purees and spices there are suggestion by other customers.  They had gone though the process of trial and error on some flavor combinations and you might not want to be the guinea pig.

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After mixing the flavors, purees, spices, and the base of mixture which is some kind of cream, it gets loaded in the good old kitchen aid mixer.  The machine is turned on and start mixing.  After a few seconds, they pour the liquid nitrogen in to the mixer and you get this cool fog show.

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The mixing takes a couple minutes till the liquid becomes a solid block of icecream.

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The first mixture I tried was vanilla and pomegranate puree.  The texture of the ice cream is unlike any other ice cream I had before.  It seems because of the quick freezing of the mixture it creates a really smooth and velvety ice cream.  I love how this feels on the tongue.  The amount of pomegranate was a little harsh for this vanilla cream mixture.  There probably a reason ice cream artisans don’t really make a pomegranate ice cream often or there aren’t enough sweeteners within this combination.

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Knowing what I know from the previous attempt,  this process seems to work best with the more savory sweet flavor vs the tart and tangy flavors.  Next I tried vanilla and banana extract.  This gave a better result.  I suspect that some of my non-happiness might also come from the ice cream base.  I didn’t enjoy the taste of the base too much and the mouth feel was a bit off.

After a while of eating this ice cream I do miss some of the textures that many ice cream parlors have.  You don’t get the big bits of fruit or the crunch of something else mixed into this ice cream.

Since this place allows for over 10,000 combinations, I feel that you can make at least a couple thousand bad batches.  Normally at an ice cream parlor, the master ice cream maker would master all the ratios to give the best flavors.  Along with that this place doesn’t really give too much guidance on what to order and it really comes down to personal preference.  It going to take some trial and error to find the perfect batch of ice cream here.

Also on a side note, since it hard to make decisions sometimes, if 1-2 people are in front of you, it can take quite a bit of time to get your ice cream here.

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