Got to check this out tonight. Anything promising opening up in Studio City is a cause for excitement, given the bizarre paucity of good options…
The flavor selection is a bit overwhelming. Some seem pretty gimmicky, but I’m less confident in writing them off now that I’ve tried a few that I wouldn’t have credited with much possibility of being good.
I tried nearly 10 flavors:
Venezuelan Chocolate - decent.
Chocolate Lapsang Souchong - one of my eventual selections - the smoke was a real kick in the pants; no pretension to subtlety but very good.
Milk Cream - my second selection - possibly a mistake in retrospect. The flavor was very good but the texture was not quite smooth enough.
Goat Cheese with Mint - my sister’s first pick, this was really good. I’d normally not go for something like this but the funkiness was limited mostly to the finish, and the creaminess worked surprisingly well with the mint.
Passionfruit - my sister’s other pick. This was a gelato, not a sorbetto, but the flavor of the passionfruit still came through very well. Thankfully it wasn’t too sweet. Pretty tops.
Bronte Pistachio - I skipped trying the California Pistachio, which is their other pistachio option, as I’m pretty uninterested in the typical “roasted” pistachio flavor that our server indicated it would have, and I wanted to see how it stacked up to Bulgarini’s. Well, suffice it to say it’s a solid step above typical pistachio offerings but doesn’t reach the heights that Leo’s does. It lacks a certain purity and focus in the flavor. A bit of a shame but not really a surprise, and that’s not to say it wasn’t good - it was.
Chocolate/Hazelnut/Coffee - or something. It wasn’t bad.
Probably one or two other flavors I can’t remember.
I do want to go back and try some more of the fruit options. The blueberry looked appealing.
Pretty happy overall. There were a surprising number of people there for a bit past 10 pm, though it is Saturday…