Restaurant: The Cone Zone
Cuisine: Desserts/Ice Cream/Gelato
Last visited: August 15, 2011
Location: New Westminster, BC
Address: 595 6th Street
Price Range: $10 or less
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
- Gelato/Ice Cream/Sorbet/Soft serve
- Gelato from Gelateria Dolce Amore
- Ice cream from Dutchmen Dairy
- Some cookies available
- Ice cream sandwiches
- Flavour burst soft serve ice cream
- No mix-ins/toppings
- Pre made gelato cakes
- Limited seating
- Mon-Sun 11am-10pm
Being the ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet and gelato fan that I am, you can only imagine my excitement when I discovered there was a place called “The Cone Zone”. The fact that it was in New Westminster didn’t stop me and I was determined to do some tasty research.
I fell upon it randomly online and looked it up on Urbanspoon. The professional pictures certainly hyped me up and I was looking forward to this magical experience. It’s an understatement to say I have a soft spot for anything in the ice cream and frozen treat department, and as I continue my summer binge of it, my soft spot could be getting softer o.O.
The Cone Zone just opened this summer and I was expecting a more contemporary and trendy concept and ambiance. The inside was definitely not what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be an old fashioned ice cream parlour with fresh ice cream being churned in the back and maybe even a Marble Slab Creamery set up at the front, but it was in fact just old fashioned.
I decided to get my facts straight before I jumped to conclusions of standard wholesale ice cream and out sourced gelato, and I ended up being half right. I was told that the ice cream was from Dutchmen Dairy in the Okanagan, and that the gelato was from Gelateria Dolce Amore on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC. As for the soft serve ice cream, that was just being dispensed from a machine with pre-made mix, which is not uncommon.
The soft serve ice cream didn’t bother me, but the other aspects kind of did because both companies wholesale so I didn’t have to come to The Cone Zone just to try them. On the other hand it’s convenient for those in the area and brings everything closer to “home”.
I guess the positive was that it’s reasonably priced. It’s the same price for ice cream or gelato which is rare since gelato is usually more expensive. The regular size also gives you two flavours, and for $3.95 that’s usually the price of one flavour.
The Cone Zone is a one stop shop, but that’s as far as it went for me. It had all the frozen treat options including milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches and pre-made frozen ice cream cakes, and the only thing it didn’t have was soft serve frozen yogurt or a toppings bar.
As for the cookies for the ice cream sandwiches, they just looked like regular cookies and I’m surprised you can’t customize it with your own choice of ice cream. It’s only vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ice cream.
The concept is simple, but there wasn’t anything special about it. If the ice cream and gelato was being sourced from amazing brands, then yes, I could see the charm, but the brands were just okay. I am pretty picky when it comes to ice cream and gelato though. There just wasn’t anything exclusive about it and unless you live nearby, you can probably save yourself the trip.
On the table:
- I went with the flavour burst soft serve ice cream since it was something a bit more different and not as available.
- I’m not even keen on flavour burst ice cream because I find the syrups really artificial, but I had to try it just to confirm.
- I chose butter pecan and I’m not even a fan of butter pecan unless it’s the real deal, but all the other flavour burst syrups sounded so regular.
- The butter pecan syrup was very salty and as expected artificial tasting. It didn’t have any flavour of pecans and it was just buttery.
- The syrup was pretty much melting and dripping before the ice cream and I found it very salty and too sweet. I almost tried wiping it off, not by licking it either.
Soft Serve Vanilla Ice Cream – 4/6
- I tried the soft serve vanilla ice cream and I actually did enjoy it.
- The ice cream itself reminded me of McDonald’s soft serve ice cream except perhaps a bit creamier.
- I actually really like McDonald’s soft serve ice cream, and I don’t feel guilty about saying that, so the resemblance didn’t bother me at all.
- But if I was going to order vanilla, I might as well go to McDonald’s or even Costco, which also has soft serve ice cream.
- Regular (up to 2 flavours) $3.25
- I normally don’t order English Toffee, but I don’t mind it.
- The ice cream is hard which I like, but the toffee flavour only came through in the initial bite.
- The aftertaste of the ice cream was greasy and that’s my biggest pet peeve for ice cream.
- I was really surprised that Dutchmen Dairy was once named “best ice cream in BC”, because I really didn’t see it.
- Regular (up to 2 flavours) $3.25
- All the ice cream is out sourced from Dutchmen Dairy in the Okanagan.
- The first bite tasted pretty good, but that quickly disappeared after a few more.
- It was hard ice cream, and quite creamy as well, but it had a greasy after taste again.
- There was some fresh, but wrinkly blueberries in the ice cream, but it was more syrupy than it was flavoured with real blueberries.
- Some of it tasted like blueberry jam swirled into the ice cream.
- The best blueberry ice cream I’ve had to date is from Krause Berry Farms in Langley – see here.
- I sampled the Dutchmen Dairy plain vanilla just because I always do with ice cream.
- It’s the most basic flavour and I choose to “judge” a brand of ice cream.
- There weren’t any vanilla bean seeds, which does bother me to some degree, however there are brands that don’t have any that I love, like Island Farms or Mountain Dairy in Abbotsford.
- Again it had a greasy after taste and it wasn’t particularly strong with vanilla and some grocery store brands have stronger vanilla flavour.