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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Isle of Gelato has their very own outlet in Galle. Our last visit proved to be most successful, so we dropped in this time to see how it goes. Verdict? It went great.
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