While there are many vibrant Persian establishments in Tehrangeles, none are quite as sweet as Saffron & Rose Ice Cream. The shop is named after its signature flavor, a creamy and floral mash up scented with saffron and dotted with pistachios. There’s a nut-less version available as well, but the man scooping behind the counter always insists on the one with the bright green pistachios.
In addition to its namesake flavor, the shop churns out over a dozen different varieties ranging from fascinating (orange blossom, white rose, dates) to familiar (chocolate, strawberry, vanilla). Since the taste of rosewater makes me feel like I’m chugging down a bottle of Kiehl’s toner, I selected a scoop of ginger, sandwich between two thin crispy wafers.
The ginger’s spice was just my speed, while the texture was really something else. Whether eaten with a spoon or our tongues, the ice cream seemed to push back with each bite. With a scoop that liked to play hard to get, The Astronomer and I had to proceed with extra napkins to avoid a messy break up.
Saffron & Rose Ice Cream
1387 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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