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The Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

I don’t have a sweet tooth but a place that caught my eye since the first time I saw it was Chin Chin Laboratorists. Europe’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream parlour, located in Camden Lock market, usually pretty packed with long queues. Opened from Tuesdays to Sundays from noon to seven. 

No queue
It happened that I was wandering around and the place was empty no queue at all, so went inside and give it a go. First you choose your ice cream base, the choices during my visit were vanilla, chocolate, deep fried apple doughnut, and purple grape soda. I went for the Valrhona chocolate, described as a dense and rich flavour, fudgy ganache with more chocolate than cream, 80 per cent from Coeur de Guanaja, then they turn the blender, add a bit of milk, the minus 200 Celsius liquid nitrogen, and you got your ice cream, finally you customise with handmade toppings and sauces, I went for the berries one. 

Ready to mix the ingredients
Pour some sugar, sorry nitrogen
A bit more
Almost ready
Absolutely perfect, the ice cream was creamy, the flavour was great, now I know the reason of the long queue, it is one of the coolest places in Camden for sure, simply awesome. They explained the process of using liquid nitrogen is so fast that doesn’t let the formation of ice, and you get the smooth creamy texture. 

Final product
A must if you’re in Camden, worth the visit and even the queue. 

Satellite view
Ice cream reminds me the Seinfeld episode “The Apology” 

Hank: Guys, there's no doubt that the pay is good. But I don't just know if I see myself working with ice cream
Man: You get pretty buff forearms
Hank: I don't know if I'm into that
George: Oh, hello, Hank, others
Hank: George
George: You know, Jason, I, uh, I couldn't help notice, I didn't get my apology
Hank: Apology? For what?

George: A drafty apartment? A sweaterless friend? A ball game giveaway Metlife windbreaker?

Hank: George, come on, not that neck hole thing
George: Yeah, the neck hole thing, and I would appreciate it if you would say you're sorry
Hank: No way, you would've completely stretched it out
George: You're an alcoholic! You have to apologize. Step Nine! Step Nine
Hank: All right, George, all right. I'm sorry. I'm very, very sorry. I'm so sorry that I didn't want your rather bulbous head struggling to find its way through the normal-size neck hole of my finely knit sweater

Chin Chin Laboratorists
T: 078 8560 4284
Ice Cream
Approx Damage: £5pp
Area: Camden Town
Borough: Camden
Twitter: ChinChinLabs
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