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4/5

Isle of Gelato

60A Pedlar Street, Galle


Isle of Gelato serves some serious killer gelato. You should try.



Our last visit to Isle of Gelato proved to be a huge succes as they managed to completely wow us with their range of homemade gelato. Each type came with its own, unique personality popping with flavour and hidden surprises like chunks of caramel in the Caramel + Puttalam Salt, and more. 

We decided to drop in during our most recent visit to Galle purely out of greed curiosity and this experience proved to be just as good as the last. 

The Gelato 

They've got a crazy range of flavours from Buffalo Curd to Virgin Pina Colada and on it goes. You're pretty much spoilt for choice here, so choose wisely. You're allowed to taste of course, so make sure you try at least a good 3-4 flavours before making up your mind in case you have some serious FOMO issues following up after. 

A single scoop costs Rs. 400 and a double scoop will set you back Rs. 600. They're pricey, but I suppose you have to fork over good money for good gelato. 

First up is the Fragola (Strawberry) and Virgin Pina Colada double-scoop. The Fragola is brilliant. I'm usually a huge fan of the strawberry gelato at Il Gelato, but this could possibly be better- if not a good enough contender to match theirs. 

It's tangy, it's tart, the strawberry flavour isn't shy and rather kicks you full in the mouth with its sweet+sour flavour, and leaves behind a light, lingering essence of springtime in the hills or whatever. It's that good. 

Now you can't really see the Virgin Pina Colada, because it's hiding underneath that hefty scoop of Fragola but it's essencially a white colour with a faint yellow hue to it.

The Pina Colada wasn't exactly a flavour-bomb but it's still a great choice for a hot afternoon. It essentially tasted of coconut cream and a light, undertone of pineapple. I'm not a huge coconut fan so I won't comment, but hey, don't be afraid to give this one a shot. 

Next up is the Pistachio. Now look, this stuff was great. It's probably the best pistachio gelato you'll have on the island. It tastes like actual pistachios in cream form and comes with tiny bits of actual pistachio hidden here and there. The colour is fantastic, too. What I didn't like was the texture. Pistachiop gelato is essentially a creamier variation of most, but this one was straight up melt-y. 

Not cool, but still enjoyable nonetheless and a great option for all you die-hard pistachio fanatics out there. 

Of course I couldn't stay away from the place given its extremely seductive, saccharine temptations so I returned after nightfall to see what else I could enjoy. I missed it on the first round, but holy moly this mangosteen gelato was simply divine. 

I LOVE mangosteens. Probs my favourite fruit. Ever. While the gelato didn't quite mirror the actual mangosteen, it came pretty darn close. Obviously it has actual mangosteen in it, but this version was very light and well-balanced on the tongue with none of that smack-dab tartness that a real mangosteen offers. 

Safe to say, I had a great time consuming this one, and I guarantee you will too. 

Service & Ambience 

Service here is pretty much just over the counter and then you're left to fend for yourselves. Choose to sit downstairs, outside on stools like the ones below:

Or get comfy in their upstair seating space. It's quiet, air-conditioned, and is actually a nice little spot for a bit of light afternoon reading- or just to marvel at Galle's high tourist population. Quite nice. 

Conclusion 

Perhaps on our next visit, we can try the pistachio the way it is meant to be served: creamy and set.  Speaking of, let us know what your favourite flavour is, no? Are there any secret flavour combos we ought to know about? Let us know in the comments below, and also tell us what your fave gelato is. 


TIP

If you only have Rs. 350 in your pocket, go for the pistachio. It will be well spent.

Address

60A Pedlar Street, Galle

Directions

On Pedlar Street, between Barefoot and The Heritage Cafe, on the opposite side of the street.

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Price Range

Between Rs. 200 - Rs. 500

Dish Types

Gelato

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
5
Ambience Rating
4
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Malinthe

Didn't really like some of the flavors but ended up getting a love cake infused gelato which was excellent. I really wanted to try pistachio but it wasn't available at the time. The orange and cardamom had a very bitter aftertaste so I wasn't a fan. Their passion fruit sorbet was also excellent. In any case, try some flavors before you buy. And you can go upstairs if it's too noisy.

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Harin Katipearachchi

Best gelato in the country! What else to say? ❤️

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shalinip

I was there with a group of friends early last week. What a wonderful experience it was from the moment we entered the stylishly decorated venue to the time of leaving. Deciding between the huge range of the most awesome flavours -made from fresh fruit, hint of spices and nuts- wasn't easy . The Orange and Cardomom was SO good. However, being lactose intolerant I picked the Lychees and berry sorbet. Truly world class in every sense ( ambience, quality/flavours, service ) and I can't wait for other outlets to be opened in Colombo! No wonder there was a never ending stream of customers….

Avatar for Malinthe
21

4/5

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Malinthe

Didn't really like some of the flavors but ended up getting a love cake infused gelato which was excellent. I really wanted to try pistachio but it wasn't available at the time. The orange and cardamom had a very bitter aftertaste so I wasn't a fan. Their passion fruit sorbet was also excellent. In any case, try some flavors before you buy. And you can go upstairs if it's too noisy.

H
2

5/5

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Harin Katipearachchi

Best gelato in the country! What else to say? ❤️

S
1

5/5

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shalinip

I was there with a group of friends early last week. What a wonderful experience it was from the moment we entered the stylishly decorated venue to the time of leaving. Deciding between the huge range of the most awesome flavours -made from fresh fruit, hint of spices and nuts- wasn't easy . The Orange and Cardomom was SO good. However, being lactose intolerant I picked the Lychees and berry sorbet. Truly world class in every sense ( ambience, quality/flavours, service ) and I can't wait for other outlets to be opened in Colombo! No wonder there was a never ending stream of customers….

S
1

5/5

0

shalinip

I was there with a group of friends early last week. What a wonderful experience it was from the moment we entered the stylishly decorated venue to the time of leaving. Deciding between the huge range of the most awesome flavours -made from fresh fruit, hint of spices and nuts- wasn't easy . The Orange and Cardomom was SO good. However, being lactose intolerant I picked the Lychees and berry sorbet. Truly world class in every sense ( ambience, quality/flavours, service ) and I can't wait for other outlets to be opened in Colombo! No wonder there was a never ending stream of customers….

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