PIN Mamasons

London's first (and second) Dirty Ice Cream Parlour

Europe’s first take on a Filipino staple, dirty ice cream, can be found in Kentish Town (there is also a branch in China Town) at Mamasons. If visitors are expected the bland, vanilla concoction beloved of tourists to London, they might well be disappointed, for it comes in some wonderfully colourful concoctions with plenty of Eastern influence. This ice cream parlour-with-a-difference opened in 2017, and London now has a matching pair - Camden and Chinatown. Mamason professes to want to serve up great ice-cream and create a cultural experience and recreate a traditional ‘street feel inspired by the dirty ice cream vendors on the streets of Manilla. The parlour, a stones-throw from Camden Town, is all served from a shop with plenty of rustic charm, and customers should prepare to be amazed.

Products like ‘bilog’- literally an icecream sandwich provide interesting variations. Bilog is a traditional milk bun, filled with ice-cream and sugar-coated. Visitors to Mamasons can expect eclectic ice-cream infused products using old staples like cheesecake, doughnuts, brownies.

What is Dirty Ice-Cream?

Simply put, ‘dirty ice-cream’ is the nickname used to describe ice-cream in the Philippines. It has a local reputation of being affordable, colourful, delicious and can be produced with ice, salt, a metal pot and a little know-how. Its slightly confusing moniker comes from the street traders in Manila, where it is knocked up (often in a steel drum) with ice, salt and whatever comes to hand. Black coconut, Barako coffee and ube (a purple yam) are typical, flavoursome ingredients.

TripTide Thoughts

Don't expect plain, old vanilla from Manilla

Opening Hours

12-10 pm (Tuesday to Sunday).

They are closed on Mondays.

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91 , Kentish Town Road, , London, NW1 8NY (View on Google Maps)
Dirty Ice-Cream Parlour

from £3.00-6.00 per ice-cream

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