15 Anderson St, Yarraville. Phone: 9078 5696
Does ice cream lose the taste factor after a single scoop?
Do tastebuds become so frozen that subsequent scoops become gratuitous?
Is scarfing multiple scoops an exercise in gluttony?
Why aren’t great minds working feverishly on the answers to these important questions?
Actually, while we love our ice cream and gelati, we almost always restrict ourselves to what are generally referred to as baby cones.
Taste issues aside, with gelati we reckon there can be too much of a good thing. I see cones and cups stacked with three or four scoops, and I’m puzzled how people can inhale so much of the sublime stuff.
Our single scoop habit fits specially well with Hello Gelo, as their kids cones tend to be a bit more generous than elsewhere – although it is a variable situation. And their kids cones cost a mere $2.50.
In several years of living in Seddon and Yarraville, we revelled in the wonderland of cheap, funky eating out options on our doorstep.
But it also bugged the hell out of us that a gelati fix required a drive to Williamstown, Sydney Rd or Lygon St. OK, sometimes the drive was fun, but still …
And then came Hello Gelo, now entering its second summer and the owner of which obviously contemplated the same unsatisfactory situation and decided to do something about it.
Hello Gelo does several of the things expected of a gelati joints – hot dogs, sundaes, those little Dutch pancake thingies, coffee, sweeties of various kinds – but when we’re there, we’re strictly on a gelati mission.
We like checking out the new flavours, of which there always seem to be two or three, even on our very regular visits.
Bennie holds dad’s apple pie and his own honeycomb crunch, while our very cool jazz chick neighbour Dulcie works on her blood orange.
The chilli chocolate is a fixture, as are fruity ices such as lemon, lime and blood orange.
We’ve had a few disappointments. The almond, for instance, tasted like plain old vanilla to me.
By contrast, another flavour that could have been too subtle to nail – apple pie – did indeed taste just like apple pie.
Another big plus: Hello Gelo operates a frequent flyer card scheme – buy seven and get one free.
And, yes, the card deal also applies to kids cones.