Food & Drink

Three of the city’s coolest unorthodox ice cream parlours

By Rebecca Fleming| Photography by Daniel Neuhaus

147 Dundas St. W., 647-351-7899,

Best of Summer 2016: Tsujiri

Best of Summer 2016: Tsujiri

The matcha-heavy menu at this Japanese chain is the latest thing to line up for at Bay and Dundas (take that, Uncle Tetsu). The 155-year-old company adds matcha powder to all of its frozen desserts. Best bets are the Tsujiri sundae—layers of toasted brown rice, matcha soft serve, red bean paste and shiratamako (chewy rice balls)—and the houjicha milk float, topped with a swirly iceberg of soft serve.    

Kekou Gelato

394 Queen St. W., 416-516-0637; 13 Baldwin St., 416-792-8858,

Best of Summer 2016: Kekou Gelato

Best of Summer 2016: Kekou

The tiny seasonal gelato parlour on Baldwin was so popular that it recently spawned a bigger, year-round location at Queen and Spadina. The flavours here are made with Asian fruits (soursop, durian), teas (roasted oolong) and treats (Vietnamese coffee). There’s no wrong choice, but we highly recommend the boozy rum and condensed milk, or the spicy salted pineapple.    

Death in Venice

536 Queen St. W., 416-301-2859,

Best of Summer 2016: Death in Venice

Best of Summer 2016: Death to Venice

Operating out of Turkish bakery Constantinople, chef Kaya Ogruce makes inventive gelato flavours using seasonal products from local farmers and suppliers. The selection changes regularly: refreshing summer-only options include grilled peach and basil, and melon and prosciutto. If it’s available, the Mexican chocolate mole (pictured above), made with eight different peppers and sunflower seeds, is a scoop of smoky, spicy, nutty deliciousness.

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