I scream, you scream for some ice cream!
Hello world of munchies and people who love to eat, but not only eating, enjoying what they eat. Summer season, means hot weather (even though we have our fair share of rain too), short and late night snack/dessert. And what a better dessert to eat in hot summer night/day than ice cream. There is also binsul, but that is for another post.
Ca Lem is the way we pronounce ice cream in Vietnamese. It’s located on 6926 Sherbrooke West, in the NDG area of Montreal. They are located in a…house. Well, they took over a house and convert it into an ice cream shop. The entrance is painted with a vibrant pink and green color to attract your attention. It’s the same color used for Kem CoBa, but why change a theme when it works, right? The place is very neat and very welcoming. The interior gives out a more hipster vibe, but the exterior has been arranged so that it looks like a terrace where you can just sit and chill while chatting and enjoying your ice cream. There is also a long bench on the side of the entrance for you to sit when it’s raining outside (yup, rain cannot keeps you away from an ice cream when you really want one). Inside, the counter for ordering will be on your left and on the right a few benches had been installed so that customer can sit inside for AC/avoiding rain. On two walls you will see decoration for taking selfie or picture of your ice and share it on social media with a # to Ca lem, on the other one there are tons of post-it of people who has visit the place.
The food and service
Ca lem offers sorbet, soft serve ice cream, but also drinks which consist of Vietnamese iced coffee. I’ve tried most of their ice cream and they were good. The service is fast and friendly, like most ice cream place, you have the option of trying 2 flavors before ordering. They have some original flavors that are not in Kem CoBa, but if I have to compare some of them, I would say that Kem Coba would be better. Haven’t had the occasion to try on their drinks yet so can’t really give you a review on that. Both Kem Coba and Ca lem have Vietnamese coffee ice cream, but I have to say they Kem CoBa got the flavor on point. Calem on the other hand is too milky. It’s more for those who just want a little hint of coffee in their ice cream.
If I have to compare their ice cream to any other ice cream place, I would say that they gets point for their artisanal side and different flavors. As for the punch in the flavor, I would say that they lack a little bit, it’s mostly very milky. I will definitely come back for some ice cream, but if I have to choose, Kem CoBa will always be number 1 choice.