Oddies Foodies is not your usual ice cream place. As you enter you’re confronted with a window where all sorts of crazy and astounding ice cream cones are lined up like pretty Barbie dolls. And boy, are they spectacular, with designs that are somewhere between inspiring and insane. Originally they had another branch in Wan Chai which closed down.
Our choice was hard between the four DaramaCones:
Camouflage – Lowfat yogurt gelato with oatmeal raisin cookies, hojicha semifreddo, sesame crumble and blueberry coulis. Aptly named for its polka dot pattern which seamlessly blends with a similar one on their wall.
Popcone – Salted caramel gelato with caramel popcorn, roasted almonds, burnt vanilla semifreddo, apple compote and dulce de leche.
Dark Forest – Extra dark chocolate gelato, kirsch soaked cherries, sacher sponge cake, kirsch semifreddo and bitter chocolate fudge.
Strike – Alphonso mango gelato, coconut macaroon, black sesame semifreddo, sesame crunch and passionfruit coulis.
Our first choice was Pocone but they were fresh out so we went with Strike. While beautiful to behold (and fun to hold), this cone is so massive that it’s a mystery how the entire thing doesn’t collapse and implode into itself. Its most prominent flavor is the mango ice cream, and after some digging you get to the sesame semifreddo which also has quite a strong flavor. It’s expensive for an ice cream cone, but this amount of ice cream could easily feed a couple of hungry sweet teeth or small family of five. A word of warning though – black ice cream colors everything black so make sure to take napkins and to keep them coming.
Because we’re grown ups and we’re allowed to, we also got the “All Time Favorite ” Famous Night Wolf (60HKD) – Italian low fat twist gelato, buuer crumbs, scoop of gelato of the day, passion fruit panna cotta, brownie chocolate chip eggettes and crunchy flakes.
The Wolf’s ice cream consisted of vanilla and chocolate soft serve on the top and banana and strawberry at the bottom, both were very good – creamy and flavorful. The eggettes (egg waffle) were just OK though.
Oddies also serve “regular” ice cream and four Jar-Lato flavors just to make your choice harder.
The interior is well lit and designed with bright pastel and a quirky and cute decor which helps to take interesting pictures of their sugary creations. There’s no music though, which is eschewed in favor of refrigerator noise from the back room. There’s a long bar to sit at while munching on the ice cream, which you should, because eating this thing on the streets of hot and humid Hong Kong is bound to spectacularly disintegrate on your clothes.
Be mindful that getting back to Hollywood road requires climbing a pretty steep incline. On the bright side, think of all the calories you’ll be burning! (Who are we kidding, that will hardly put a dent in it)
Eating at Oddies Foodies is definitely an experience worth having for design aficionados, ice cream lovers and everyone in between. Oh – and did I mention to take more napkins?
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