The summer is now
gone but the ice cream is still here :) You just have to try these
marvelous ice creams and ice cakes. Give yourself a time
to taste the heaven here.The atmosphere here is minimalistic and I like it very much.
Polka produces very tasty gelato. I have tried their fruit sorbets, as well as their chocolate and coffee gelati, and found all to be great. In addition, I have always been dubious about that green color seen in pistachio gelato and ice cream, but after tasting Polka's rendition, I am a big fan. The staff are also very friendly, and happy to give you samples to help you make your decision.
I just wish London had more hot days to give me an excuse to get gelato.
Oh, and they also serve Monmouth coffee, if you're a fan.
I went today, bad choice given that it was raining very hard, I had wet feet and a sore throat even so, I feel the moral obligation to try every single gelateria in London, so I had to make the effort -
With such weather the place was empty and the industrial and minimalist decoration doesn't help either, I guess. The seats weren't very confortable, it's more like a place to buy the gelato and then go and eat it outside, which usually in London is not my favourite thing to do. Anyway, that's all about the interior, and the reason I take 1 star out.
The gelato, as you may guess, was pretty good. I tried the cassis & mint and then I got a small cup with pear and salted caramel (apparently the most popular). It's £2.95 for the small (either cup or cone), with a choice of 2 flavours, slightly cheaper than other famous London's gelaterias, and same quality.
I tried to buy coffee in Polka Gelato this morning but didn't have any cash. Unfortunately they only accept card payments for transactions over £5 so no coffee for me! And that's another star gone :(
I pass Polka Gelato on my way to work, so I've been quietly watching and waiting for it to open its shiny white doors to the public for some time. This weekend it finally opened so of course Team Qype had to make the obligatory visit! The place looks lovely gleaming shopfront, handwritten sign and cute Polka Gelato scooter parked outside. However, inside the place weirdly warm for an icre-cream shop and a looked a bit sparse with bare plastered walls.
Luckily, the gelato was fabby they have some really interesting flavours on offer like roobois, salted caramel, chilli chocolate etc. I had pear and cassis&mint, both of which tasted really fresh and creamy.
I feel like I already loved Polka Gelato before it even opened so I am going to put my doubts about the interior to one side for now. And as it is so close, I'll certainly be back to try out their coffee and some more gelato flavours soon!
I have recently had a discussion about Polka Gelato with a colleague.
We work nearby and greedily anticipated its opening. There were nose marks on the glass which belonged to us. This was a very exciting development in the neighbourhood.
The staff are mostly really pleasant, allowing you to sample any new flavours before you commit to a full scoop and just generally being lovely. The gelato is super. The hazelnut, the pistachio, the chocolate, the salty caramel, the peanut butter, the mint cassis...yes. It's very nice.
But what this recent discussion uncovered is that both my coworker and I are a little scared of the woman we think owns the shop. She seems annoyed to have customers. Even local customers, with money, who tell her how happy they are they're open. It can ruin the fun of skipping to an ice cream shop in the middle of a workday.
This place has by far the best handmade gelato we've found in our area. Better than Scoop or Lick. Their flavors taste like the real thing (dark chocolate, salted caramel, grapefruit, etc) and are not too sweet. This place has been around since August 2010. They offer Monmouth coffee and are always very friendly.
Polka Gelato serves some of the better gelato I've had in London. The reason, quite simply, is that the gelato tastes very clearly like the flavours advertised - I have particularly fond memories of the salted caramel. The shop's interior is a rather arty, exposed grey slab, refreshingly different to the usual. Prices are the standard for gelato.
Maybe not the biggest selection but great quality and super friendly staff. We went in a couple of times and the 2nd time the cashier recognized us. Made us feel like locals. We all really like the lychee and green tea flavors. Take your dessert to nearby Regent Square and sit on the benches around the square.
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