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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Review: Hokkaido Ichiba @ The Gardens

Hokkaido Ichiba (the ice cream parlour) with it's neighbouring Kita no Zen (the restaurant) and Shojikiya (the snack shop) specialises on Hokkaido ingredients on the 3rd floor of The Gardens. These three are part of Super Dining and Super Sushi group of restaurants - read Rakuzen, Sushi Zanmai, Pasta Zanmai etc! Gosh they are really building an empire especially in Midvalley City! lol

We actually have our dinner at Sushi Zen (which is also part of the group located on LG) as we do not wish to queue at either Sushi Zanmai nor Kita no Zen (yes yes the queue is lonnnggg here too!!! Amazing!) *chuckle* Since we promised BoiBoi some ice cream after his tooth extraction, we took him to try out Hokkaido Ichiba. We first tried Hokkaido ice creams at MOF in Pavilion and we were sort of expecting similar stuff here. There were a bit of similarity but in terms of flavours there were more here!

BoiBoi and I were glued to the ice creams and sherbets ice chests right up front of the store. So many choices but so little stomach space :p BoiBoi was quick as usual since he almost always pick his fave Vanilla and this time another scoop of white chocolate ice cream. These double scoops are 40ml each and costed RM6.80 and we have to add another RM1 for a cone. There are options of single scoop that goes RM4.80 for a 60ml size or RM3.80 for a 40ml size. Sounds reasonable you might think but the 40ml scoop is actually a rather small scoop but perfect size for us after a meal. No pic of his cone cos he walloped before I could whip out my phone for a pic. My compact cam need to be hospitalised :( I managed to try a teeny bit of the white chocolate flavour and it's quite chocolaty rich.

Capt'n Hook did the same with his Macha Ice no Hokkaido Milk Parfait (RM8.80) so what you see is almost half eaten portion! Just imagine his concoction has a small scoop of creamy green tea ice cream served in a pool of Hokkaido milk with 2 chewy glutinous rice balls (all gone), green tea jelly cubes topped with Hokkaido red beans.

Macha Ice no Hokkaido Milk Parfait (RM8.80)

I had earlier on tried the Niagara Wine Sherbet and I really liked it! It's refreshing indeed and not as sweet as the real wine, well if they had really meant ice wine but I'm not really sure here. As I flipped thru the menu, I stumbled upon this Hokkaido Melon to Niagara Wine (RM8.80) and ordered it.

Hokkaido Melon to Niagara Wine (RM8.80)

One small scoop each of Hokkaido melon ice cream and Niagara wine sherbet on an emptied honeydew melon skin with some rock melon balls on the side. The melon ice cream is only slightly creamy and loved the wonderful melon taste and smell, a perfect marriage with the sherbet.

Seems like a good first experience for us and I can't wait to drop by again to check out the other items on the menu! Well, if only the parking fees have not gone up in MidValley City sighhhh... gonna be a pain as there is no maximum rate from this month onwards *ouch*

Hokkaido Iciba
T-201, 3rd Floor,
The Gardens,
Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-2283 3060


"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

how much is the parking fees now?

Unknown said...

i am a HUGE fan of melon and is drooling all over the melon picture now hehehe

J said...

Yummy. I love ice cream and sorbet. :)
(Have to go try this place out soon.... before parking becomes too expensive...)

Kenny Mah said...

Bummer on the parking fees. Thanks for updating us, dear!

ai wei said...

i can't wait to check out this ice cream as soon as i done my papers ><

joe, the parking rate is now rm 2 for 1st 3hours on weekdays, and rm 3 on weekend; then rm1 for every sub hours. no more max rate :(

mamasoju said...

cough cough cough... :(
I wanted to try for sometimes but my cough is getting worse -_-
the niagara wine sherbet really looks good...

minchow said...

Oh agree, the desserts are quite mind-boggling! The rest of menu's blah though. Didn't know the parking fee hike affected the regular shopper as well... those working at MV without season are screaming bloody murder!

Babe_KL said...

Joe, will post up the rates for you ok

Rita, it's Hami melon season here and they're so sweet!

J, too late oredi but you can still go within the 3 hours :p

You're most welcome Kenny

Ai Wei, very expensive horr if one stay long hours

Mel, be obedient :p get well first before eating icy stuff :D

Min, I haven't really check thru the menu though. you mean the restaurant part?