N2 Extreme Gelato has been around for years and years, and I finally made a pit stop on the way to attending a colleague’s book launch. Their gelato is made to order using liquid nitrogen with flavours changing every week on Thursdays, with the exception of mango sorbet being a menu staple.
They make the gelato in front of you so watching the theatrics as the liquid nitrogen fog creeps across the counter and out to the waiting area is part of the experience.
The first time, I tried the yuzu sake sorbet (~4% alcohol). I’m not much of a fan of sake but I do love yuzu. My penchant for yuzu flavoured foods took off while I was in Japan, even though I was aware of it previously. It’s a very interesting citrus — it’s flavour is sweet and also a tad bitter, but not so sweet as a mandarin or bitter as a grapefruit.
The yuzu and sake sorbet was delicious. The dominant flavour is yuzu, with the sake being very subtle and having none of the unpleasantness that I’ve experienced from drinking most sake. This left the sorbet particularly refreshing for a hot summer’s afternoon.
A couple of days later, I visited again with N and T after work. They’d changed the menu by then so this time, I tried Pash Me Pavlova. Pash Me Pavlova is a a creamy passionfruit and strawberry gelato with crunchy meringue pieces through out. Strawberry dominated the gelato, with the only hint of passionfruit being passionfruit seeds and a slight tanginess. I did enjoy the meringue pieces, though. They gave some much needed texture to typical heaviness associated with a creamy gelato.
In the background to this photo, you can see the chalkboard wall that lists all the flavours of gelato that have featured on their menu.
N2 Extreme Gelato is at 43/1 Dixon Street, Sydney NSW 2000.