If you’re in for a cooling taste bud discovery sensation, I warmly recommend La Tropicale: an ice cream spot that lets you travel through exotic flavors. If you’re a bit tired of the regular chocolate and strawberry fix, La Tropicale offers alternatives such as Ethiopian coffee, pistachio from Iran, yuzu with hot pepper, and banana, coco & sesame seed – just to name a few.
These flavors are all the fruit of the imagination of the lovely owner, inspired by travels in her countries of origin, but not only. The menu includes influences from Asia, the Middle-East and Africa, and a little touch of Europe. The flavors are conceived like an artist makes a drawing: the personality is there in the imagination and then she finds the ingredients to color it in. The strong differences in flavors force you to make choices, and I have to admit that I do reflect a little bit longer before choosing the scoops for my cornet.
La Tropicale is also a lunch room, serving home made meals with vegetable sorbet ice on their salads and soups, and frozen deserts such as a cheese cake ice cream. The little restaurant has a simple interior, but I know few places that feel this home made and quirky as this one.