Sunday, December 22, 2013

Inside Scoop Ice Cream @ Telawi, Bangsar

No need for snow: Bangsar is freezing over, suddenly & strategically in time for Christmas, transformed into an ice cream wonderland by the milky magicians of Telawi's new Inside Scoop.

Taking over the venue vacated by Little Wonton (which has moved to Taman Tun Dr Ismail), this ice cream shop is all about the quintessential melt-in-the-mouth delight, perhaps the most universally beloved of any dessert. Whether you're seven or 77, ice cream can seem irresistible.

At least half-a-dozen people _ Edmund, Shiew Li, Derrick & their friends _ appear to labor behind the counter, a clear indication that Inside Scoop is a team effort. The ice cream is produced fresh on-site, channeling skills from a co-founder's Italian gelato-making training.

The current flavors favor the classics & the crowd-pleasing choices: Vanilla bean to hazelnut, tiramisu to cookies-&-cream, Valrhona chocolate to pistachio, blueberry cheesecake to durian, pink grapefruit sorbet to strawberry yogurt.

The results straddle the line somewhere between ice cream & gelato, leaning closer to the latter.

Inside Scoop scores strongly for both texture & taste, beautifully lush in smoothness, pleasurably concentrated in purity of flavor.

Edmund's fave: Pistachio, a true treat that distills the deep, distinct essence of this culinary nut.

Durian flavor, cursed/blessed with a pungently telltale stench; this might be the one ice cream that KL's hotels should consider outlawing.

 Pink grapefruit sorbet, also an acquired taste. Waffles with ice cream are available here too; each generous scoop of ice cream costs RM7.80, two's RM12.80 & three's RM17.50 (with a surcharge of RM1.50 per scoop for premium flavors like Valrhona choc).

All in all, Bangsar's hottest attraction might soon also be its coolest, harboring a potential for greater risk-taking & experimentation in the months ahead. Give Inside Scoop space to evolve; as those of us who enjoyed Cielo Dolci on its opening day would remember, even Cielo wasn't armed with a nasi lemak flavor in the beginning.

Bonus Bangsar treat: Cross the road from Inside Scoop to pop-up caffeine bar Nowhereman Coffee, which started selling glazed nuts by local entrepreneurs Nutty Nuts this past weekend.

A fun snack, but maybe not ideal for those of us who prefer nuts to be completely savory instead of nearly candy-sweet. Still, to steal one of Nutty Nuts' catchphrases, this would work for patrons who'd rather be nutty than nice this Christmas. 

Inside Scoop
9, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Near Nosh.
Business hours not finalized, but likely to be noon through 11pm everyday for now

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26 comments:

  1. Both ice cream and nuts are my favourite!! The ice cream texture looks pretty lush, Mmm~~

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    1. Irene: ooo, sounds like this street on telawi would be perfect for you to visit! And yeah, the ice cream is nice, rich but not too rich, heh =)

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    1. Waverly: thumbs up for sure! =)

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  3. Any idea if they have salted caramel flavour here? I am sucker for that! Oh the baby in the 2nd pic is sooooo cute!

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    1. Baby sumo: not sure about salted caramel, but heard that they've been testing other flavors like gula melaka, peanut butter and Nutella so far (though those weren't available during my visit, unfortunately!). Heheh, ya, love the baby in that shot! =)

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  4. Hmm.. Bangsar, too bad its a bit far else i would love to mark this place down! p:s? i'm a huge fan of ice cream/ sorbet/ gelato eehehehehe

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    1. Ken: ooo, ya, maybe the next time you're nearby, you could head here. i'm not a sorbet fan, but i loooooove ice cream too :D

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  5. Looks nice, Sean...I like the name "Inside Scoop". :)

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    1. Linda: yeah, it's a catchy name! =)

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  6. Your kid? Isn't there an ice cream place named Scoop? Selections all look really good!

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    1. Suituapui: what.. hahaha, no the first question, not sure to the second, and yes to the third statement! :D

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  7. They have peanut butter flavour? :P

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    1. CK: i think they do, but they might not serve it everyday, maybe on some days only =)

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  8. Oh telawi 3 is certainly happening!
    Beato is on the same street too!

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    1. Rebecca: nice addition, ya, to the street where we have nosh, dip n dip, alexis ... :D

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  9. liked this ice cream shop~

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    1. Mr Lonely: it's a good one! :D

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  10. Cool! I like the name too - nice wordplay!

    I was trying to get to a restaurant yesterday from reading your blog - it's the best resource, good work mate!

    I particularly like your newsletter! :)

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    1. Huai Bin: thanks for the kind words! much appreciated. there are a lot of ups and downs to doing this, but your encouragement is a definite up :D

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    2. It benefits a lot of people, Sean! :)

      A very nice reference, do keep it up! Thanks for your hard work!

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    3. Huai Bin: you have my gratitude for these generous remarks that helped to brighten this rainy afternoon, heh =)

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  11. Ice cream...I need some as soon as I rid myself of the long winded fire engine cough.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yikes, hope the cough clears just before christmas! and yeah, once you're well again, treat yourself to a scoop of pistachio ice cream! =)

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  12. That kid is cute.... ;-)
    The above ice cream you had in cup is 1 or 2 scoops?

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    1. Melissa: heheh, ya, it was fortunate timing for me that the toddler was there at the same time =) those cups are one scoop each. good hor =)

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