There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to dessert, and it’s not just basic ice-cream-in-a-cup they’re serving up, it’s a specialty liquid nitrogen cafe called 77k Freeze.
Named after the Kelvin Temperature Scale that enables liquid nitrogen to be made, 77k or -273°C, this spot is open at 2240 Commercial Drive, just a few blocks’ walk from the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station.
Liquid nitrogen desserts have slowly been gaining popularity over the last little while, but people are still just discovering the treat and all the flavour possibilities that come with it, and 77k’s goal is to help you created something unique that you can’t get enough of.
Here you start by simply choosing your “freeze base”. Pick from a selection of fresh cream (sorbetto, coconut milk), fresh milk (vegan, soya), and real yogurt (rice, almond).
The next step is picking your flavour and 77k allows patrons to get pretty creative here, whether you’d like a classic chocolate or vanilla, or something more daring like carrot or even spinach – you can pick from any of the ingredients they have to offer.
Lastly, customers can choose their sweetener and garnish, anything from maple to honey, to dried fruit or oats. People can choose their sweetness level, and even opt for orders like “double cream” if they’d like something close to traditional ice cream.
The varieties you can create are limitless, and it is all made to order right in front of you.
And while customization seems fun, if you’d rather go with something already created from the menu, there are 13 kinds to choose from at the minute.
These varieties include best sellers like Vancouver Red Velvet (Dutch dark chocolate with cranberry), Matcha, and Blueberry PiNe, 77k’s take on blueberry pie liquid nitrogen.
More adventures folks can try Snowflake, a lychee and water chestnut combination – and they can also switch up any base in all of these creations, which means all flavours can be made into 100% vegan desserts.
If you’re of legal drinking age and it’s after 7 pm, you can get in on some 19+ fun with 77k’s cocktail liquid nitrogen creations.
With well-stocked bar and additional housemade liqueurs, rum, and champagne, 77k has the ability to make boozy combinations into cold treats upon request, part of a “Dark Matters” menu that is currently being finalized – although you can feel free to go in and try right now.
The Tia Maria and the Champagne Strawberry are some varieties of a Dark Matters freeze. The first combines the housemade coffee liqueur with creamy vanilla liquid nitrogen, and the second the housemade champagne (45%) with strawberry sorbetto liquid nitrogen.
While the Dark Matters come in smaller portions, the regular menu liquid nitrogen portions are about three small scoops-worth, they completely fill the compostable and biodegradable cups they are served in.
This cafe also has a variety of baked goods such as Poffertjes (Dutch mini pancakes) and Stroopwafels (Dutch waffles), along with coffee, espresso, tea, and the option to make a freeze float with soda or a liquid nitrogen freeze affogato.
The 77k space consists of the large open concept counter and kitchen, and many tables where people can settle in to enjoy their treats.
The 1,500 square-foot space has a large garage door-style sliding window at the front as well as a lounge in the back which 77k refers to as the Ice*Burg Lounge. This back area can be rented for private functions and celebrations.
If you’re bored of your regular dessert routine, we recommend heading to this spot to try your hand at making the perfect flavour.
77k Freeze is open daily from noon to 10 pm.
Address: 2240 Commercial Drive, Vancouver