In a nutshell:
A beautiful, large Ice cream parlour from the famous Naturals ice cream chain of Mumbai, one of the best ‘natural’ ice cream chains in the country, still faces tough competition on a few fronts from Dilli’s own Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale in terms of taste.
Address & other details: Naturals
Meal for 2: Rs. 100 onwards
Cuisine type : Vegetarian only
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Short description – in case u r in a hurry:
I have been eating out at Naturals shops in Mumbai over years & have loved quite a few flavors consistently – mango ice cream with real mango, custard apple etc. Was delighted to know that Naturals has opened in town.
So, once at Naturals Connaught Place, we asked for our all time favorites & those were not there. So we decided to try some others & that is when we actually un-emotionally got to taste the ice cream & review it.
The Naturals shops in Mumbai are in all shapes and sizes – from real tiny ones to larger ones.
The Connaught place store / parlour was just excellent. It had huge, pristine white walls, a very interesting ‘history wall’, high ceiling in the front part, sofa seating on ground floor & a first floor restaurant seating.
I loved reading the full history of this company – how they started from one small stall & over the years have become a large chain – first generation business. Very impressive.
The guys & girls at the counter were passionately explaining the flavors etc.
The Menu was actually written on the wall. It had two parts – seasonal and round the year.
We wanted to try seasonal but only 1 option was available from the seasonal menu. I thought that was bad planning. Launching in a new city with 1/9 items available on the menu!!!!
Theme of the ice creams is that they have real ‘natural’ fruits in them.
Ice creams that we tasted varied from good to very good.
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
We started with Chikoo. It tasted a bit like chikoo and milk. The textire was daanedaar, like the original fruit. The Base of the ice cream was milk. Hence it had a milky flavour.Rate it 4/5.
The next ice cream we had was Kala jamun. Directionally exactly same as the previous one. It tasted a bit like Kala jamun and milk. The feel was astringent, like in the original fruit. One cud see the crushed peel of the original fruit in the ice cream.
The Base of the ice cream was milk. Hence it had a milky flavour that overpowered the flavor of the fruit. Rate it 4/5
We also decided to try the Malai ice cream. On eating this we realized that the one at Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale of Chawri Bazar was much better. The one at Natural had no texture.
It was quite Plain. It was enjoyably creamy. It was surely better than Good to taste. It left a Rich aftertaste. Rate it 3.5/5
Overall rating of Natural day 1 averages out to 3.8/5
Look forward to trying out more seasonal flavors. Will keep u all updated & will keep updating the overall rating as we try more flavors.
We got to try anjeer & green coconut. These were gifted to us by our friends.
This time we experienced the professional ice cream packaging that these guys have mastered over the years.
The anjeer ice cream like all other ice creams at Naturals had real fruit. Since Anjeer has strong flavors & taste, it dominated the taste & flavor of ice cream.
Loved chewing on the real fruit. Excellent taste. Rate it 4.5/5
The tender coconut was a revelation. We might not have bought it thinking it is made from the tender coconut water.
However as the ice cream landed on tastebuds, we were pleasantly surprised to find that it was made with malai of tender coconut & that made it very rich, YUMM & intense. Looks r absolute pristine white but taste is YUMM. Rate it 4.5/5 as well.
Overall rating of Naturals day 2 averages out to 4.5/5
Grand total rating is now 4.15/5.