[Shanghai] Le Creme Milano
Address: 173 Fumin Rd, near Julu Rd (富民路173号，近巨鹿路); many other locations around Shanghai (list of locations)
Date visited: August 2013
Price: ¥20 RMB for an XS cup (1 scoop, 1 flavor), ¥28 (S cup), ¥38 (M cup), ¥48 (L cup)
Verdict: Not very authentic.
I heard that this is the best gelateria in Shanghai. If that is true, then Shanghai needs to step up on its gelato offerings.
I generally prefer gelato to ice cream because it’s more dense and intensely-flavored. What is the difference, you may ask. Gelato feels creamier than ice cream for three reasons:
- Gelato uses more milk as opposed to cream and egg yolks ice cream. Hence gelato has a lower fat content.
- Gelato contains less air as it is churned at a much slower speed (less overrun) than ice cream.
- Gelato is served at a slightly higher temperature than ice cream (otherwise it would be too frozen).
My friend and I tried a couple of flavors and in the end both decided to get a scoop each of their signature “Le Creme Milano” flavor (Hazelnut, Ferrero Rocher, Nutella chocolate mixing).
We both agreed that the taste was a little off. It didn’t have the full, rich and smooth delicacy that bona fide gelato in Europe has (eg. Amorino, Berthillon, Gelupo).