When I first laid eyes on Roosters (while driving by), its existence piqued my interest, yet at the same time, it didn't elicit any "must go now" feelings. Possibly because there wasn't a lineup down the block nor did it look overly sexy. Yes, I realize that good things can come in modest packages. It just didn't have the cache as Earnest and Rain or Shine. But when I found out about their commitment to quality employing small batches and local ingredients, I just had to give them a try. No not really. It was due to the donut ice cream sandwich that I spotted on IG. That's the REAL reason we stopped by after our dinner at The Roc.
Yah, I let me son decide on the flavour of ice cream to go with the oven-toasted and reheated donut. He opted for the Cookies and Cream which did go well in this case. Although rather sweet, it was definitely creamy and purposefully flavourful. I liked how they didn't use some crazy sweet donut as it would've been over-the-top. The fact they crisped the outside helped the donut stay together as well as offering up a textural contrast. For my daughter, she kept it simple with a kid's scoop of the Strawberry Basil. This was fresh and bright-tasting with the natural flavours of strawberry sweetened with just enough sugar. The bits of fresh basil was aromatic and impactful.
Viv and I went for 2 scoops consisting of Fresh Lemon & Poppy Seed and on the bottom, Blueberry Balsamic. Brightly tart with the bite of grated lemon rind, the lemon ice cream was not as smooth as the previous 2 flavours. Yet, it was super-refreshing and only purposefully sweet. I really enjoyed the balance. As for the blueberry, I found it a bit too mild for my tastes (if we compared it to the one at Rain or Shine). However, it was super creamy and smooth. This visit to Rooster's offered up more than a novelty item as the ice cream was pretty solid. Definitely a good alternative to the other 2 if there are mad lineups.
- They got a donut ice cream sandwich
- Well-made ice cream
- Friendly people
- For those who want a trendy spot, this isn't it
- Other than that, nothing much to complain about