Bella Gelateria introduces the Gelatini (and they are good)
You probably haven’t heard of it yet, but the recently opened Bella Gelateria in Yaletown offers an exciting new twist on the gelato formula; it’s called Gelatini (gelato+martini) and you definitely want one.
At first thought, a gelato martini doesn’t make a lot of sense, but if anyone can pull it off it’s master gelato maker James Coleridge. It’s a creative concoction reminiscent of the milk and cookie shooters or the devilish cronut, and one that I’m confident is going to be a hit. And why wouldn’t it be? They are mixing James’ incredible gelato with alcohol; that’s a winning combination right there. Make no mistake, this isn’t a scoop of gelato with a dash of alcohol, these are full martinis made to pair with specific gelato flavours. They will also run you anywhere from $12 to $14, so probably not the type of drink you’ll be downing all night.
That being said, just look at the different offerings and tell me that one of these doesn’t interest you:
- EGT Negroni – A traditional negroni made with gin, Campari and Italian vermouth paired with creamy Earl Grey Tea gelato and caramelized orange peel oils. $13
- Black Sesame Chai – A creative mix of chai spiced infused bourbon with black sesame gelato. $13
- Wild Evita Gelatini – Salted Caramel gelato made by slowly cooking caramel for two days in the Argentinian tradition, the sea salt gives a delicate boost to the creamy dark caramel which balances perfectly with Auchentoshan scotch and just a pinch of powdered espresso beans. $14
- Lemon Pimm’s Isola – Bracing refreshment straight from England, this Gelatini has a float of our bright lemon sorbetto in a chilled blend of Pimm’s Number 1 Cup and ginger liqueur furiously stirred with cucumber and mint then topped with a measure of Fentiman’s Ginger Beer. $14
- Matcha Smash – Matcha powder is paired with vodka and a touch of herbal Chartreuse to create a very unique Japanese style cocktail. $13
- Saffron Persia – Bella’s signature Akbar Mashti gelato (saffron, rosewater and pistachio) is paired with gin and apricot liqueur and garnished with more saffron in syrup. $14
- Texas Grind – The award winning pecan, vanilla and sour cherry gelato is paired with vodka, Grand Marnier, a pinch of coffee grounds, spicy urfa chili and a real Tahitian vanilla bean. $14
- Buko Bird – Buko Pandan gelato (flavoured with coconut and exotic screw pine leaves) paired with chili infused vodka, ginger liqueuer, fresh lime juice, cilantro and a kaffir lime leaf. This one has a bit of spice to it! $14
- Cherry Bomb – Amarena cherry gelato is carefully blended with Jameson Irish whiskey and Disaronno Amaretto with just a touch of Dubonnet and balsamic vinegar. This is added to a float of salted hazelnut gelato and topped with a kirsh-soaked cherry. $14
- Raspberry Manhattan Isola – A traditional Manhattan made with whiskey and Italian vermouth. Raspberry sorbet infused with dark chocolate and dark chocolate bitters is added to the mix along with a kirsch-soaked cherry. $12
- Orange Fashioned Isola – Take a traditional old fashioned recepie and spice it up with a scoop of orange/vanilla gelato and a dash of phosphate (used traditionally to add tart flavouring before citrus was easily available) $14
- Raspberry Clover Isola – A unique twist on the Clover Club cocktail, raspberry sorbet is paried with gin and fresh lemon juice. A light touch of cracked black pepper adds a bit of kick to the end. $12
As for how they taste: The raspberry Manhattan is a nice combination of a tart martini with a sweet sorbet, while the orange fashioned is a softer version of a old fashioned with a nice smooth lemon finish. The wild evita tastes like a premium version of Bailey’s (perfect comfort drink) while I found the Buko Bird a little too creamy.
The big winners were the EGT Negroni which has a nice balance between alcohol and gelato and the Black Sesame Chai and Matcha Smash, both a creative mixture that incorporates unique flavours profiles from both the alcohol and the gelato.
Bella Gelateria Yaletown
Address: 1089 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver