$6.5 a scoop
350 Queen Street, Auckland Central, Auckland
Finally the most vivid tasting ice cream in Auckland has a permanent home.
Lalele offers luscious gelato, refreshing sorbets and frosty popolatos (think blocky popsicles). Light, fruity themes are front and foremost with raspberry, coconut and lemon flavours. There are richer options too, such as the chocolate, pistachio or caramel for those wishing more indulgence.
Lalele’s frozen treats have an incredible clarity of taste, evoking the base ingredients used to create them. The mixed berry sorbet tastes as full and tangy as a handful of fresh berries should. It’s as if the raw ingredients had merely been transmuted into a slushier form, while losing none of their original essence.
There’s also the degree of earnestness I appreciate; the tiny store served by friendly staff. The gelatos are devoid of decoration and bling, so unfortunately you won't be able to make your friends jealous with photos, but I can live with that.