Thursday, December 22, 2011


Hidden at the back of Taman Tun Dr Ismail's's Petronas station, SUB 18 is melting the hearts of this neighborhood's numerous ice cream lovers.

Open through 10 pm daily, the outlet offers no fewer than 18 frosty flavors, including fascinating ones such as cempedak & durian. Both would partner perfectly with the cempedak pandan cake at The Troika's Acme Bar & Coffee.

SUB 18 brands its treats as gelato, but the textures seem to lean closer to regular ice cream instead of the Italian sort. The flavors are nevertheless potent & true-to-life, even though this bubble gum one could have been concocted in a laboratory test tube.

Traditional gelato flavors _ bacio (chocolate hazelnut) & creme caramel _ sandwiched in vanilla oat cookies for a messy, sticky-finger confection that children would likely love.

Need something stronger? Take a five-minute drive to Damansara Perdana's PJ Trade Center, where Gecko Gastrobar serves its own kitchen-made alcoholic ice cream.

We tried three types _ Johnnie Walker Whiskey, kahlua & stout _ each boasting a distinct though not overwhelming boozy undertone.

For RM10 a glass, all are a nicely affordable change from normal desserts.
Earlier entry on Gecko's savory snacks: October 27.

Need something even stronger? Drive another five minutes, this time to 1 Utama's L Table by Lavender, which serves astonishingly powerful cocktails for only about RM20 each.

Lychee martinis. Much better than many RM30 versions elsewhere.

Hendrick's gin & tonic, alongside a Bellini (prosecco, peach puree).
Earlier entry on L Table's food: September 26.

Gecko @ PJ Trade Center, Damansara Perdana.
L Table @ 1 Utama.
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  1. only 2 gelatos? I thought u would have tried 5 at least! :P

  2. Rebecca: heheh, too full after dinner! the ice cream nearly caused us to explode :D

  3. Whoaaaa love ice creams! I would like the cempedak one!

  4. Doesn't 1U come before PJ Trade Centre from TTDI? haha..and I like how you slipped that reference to Acme in The colour of the bubble gum flavour looks quite nasty though..=S

  5. still waiting for my mangosteen flavored ice cream. :D

  6. Cempedak ice-cream? Perhaps too fragrant.
    And mangosteen? Not, for me, heavensent.
    How about nangka gelato? I'd go "Uh-oh."
    But durian, oh durian? That, for me, it's meant!


  7. How on earth did ice cream transition to martinis? Ha ha. Alcoholic ice cream looks interesting, gotta go try it some time o_o

  8. Yummeh!! but I'll pass on the testtube blue one! hehe :P

  9. I want peanut butter one, do they sell that? hehehe.

  10. The cookie one looks nice! Get yr hands messssssy!

  11. Rad: heheh, i love ice cream too, but i actually dislike cempedak in real life. the flavor of the fruit is too pungent for me :D
    Dropsofcontentment: heheh, i call this driving around in circles! :D and yeah, the ice cream made me immediately think of acme's cempedak cake! but you're right _ blue-colored desserts don't work! =)

  12. Michelle: i'm waiting together with you! wonder how much longer we'll have to be patient, heh :D
    Kenny: ahhhh, a poetic ode to durian! but now you've got me wondering whether there'll ever be a mangosteen macaron (since chef isadora has proven that there can be mangosteen pavlovas!) :D

  13. Timing: heheh, everything ends in alcohol for me in the end! hope it was a smooth segue though! and yeah, booze in desserts is always fun :D
    Ciki: oh yeah, the bubble gum one tasted a little too funky. but then again, bubble gum usually tastes rather funky too, heheh =)

  14. CK: peanut butter ice cream would be a great idea! but too bad, no, not available here. maybe it'll be at bistro a table someday! :D
    Baby Sumo: heheh, yeah, it's perfect for very young kids, probably ones who are your children's age! gooey goodness! =)

  15. how many flavours are there for the gelato? :) it looks really tasty!


  16. Finally, some real ice cream. I had enough of all those FroYo, real ice cream are way better! haha

  17. Fish: heheh, I think it's 18 flavors. Maybe that's why it's named SUB 18 :D
    Azuan: heh yeah, froyo is light and refreshing, but ice cream is the one that really hits the spot :D

  18. not enough dishes! hahaha

  19. Oh we have the fruit harvested from the tree outside our house.

    Not that we have any tree inside our house! :p

  20. i wonder whether did your tongue went blue after eating that blue gelato. I always try to avoid eating colours like blue and pink or purple. haha

  21. KY: heheh, sweet stuff triumphed over savory stuff for this evening :D
    Rad: hahah, yeah, i remember what cempedak & nangka trees look like. actually there used to be one near my house too. pretty tall =)
    Eiling: oops, i didn't notice! but yeah, that could be cute or funny if it happened. a green tongue might be gross though :D