I know on a freezing cold day, sorbet – or ‘sorbetto’ – doesn’t seem like it should be top of the ‘to do’ list, but for some reason it called out to me. I’m a monster…so shoot me.
According to Google, Snow Flake is a ‘stylish parlour for homemade ice creams and sorbets, plus coffee, tea, smoothies and waffles.’
I’d say that’s about right. Only, they call their ice-cream gelato.
Snow Flake make all of their products in the store. It’s nice to know that they haven’t had to spend time being carted around town.
So, let’s get down to business with the vegan dizzle.
This place isn’t specifically for vegans, but they so serve sorbet – which is typically dairy-free anyway – so no real surprises that they had a few options.
Their sorbet falls into two categories: luxury or guilt free. I wish the two didn’t have to be different, but alas I shall save my gripes for another day.
Their ‘guilt free’ range – according to their menu – has no added sugar. On looking at the flavour cards, it stated ‘maximum 5% added sugar’. So not strictly no added sugar.
The luxury sorbet flavours available when I went in were raspberry, lemon, mango, and the guilt free flavours were papaya or pear.
Sizes come in small (1 scoop), medium (2 scoops), or large (3 or 4 scoops). Small – £3.20, medium – £4.20, large – £5.20.
The papaya sorbet colour looked alarmingly like vomit, so I went for a small pear sorbet.
The texture of the sorbet was incredible. It was so smooth and creamy – not at all grainy. I wasn’t so big on the flavour of the sorbet though. It wasn’t unpleasant by any means, but it was just a bit tame.
I asked for a taster of the raspberry sorbet afterwards. It was much nicer, and had a bolder flavour. I would guess Mr S. Ugar probably had something to do with it!
They have lots of other things available on the menu – ice cream sundaes, banana splits, waffles, crepes and so on, but not many of them (if any) are vegan. You could make substitutions with things like the banana split, but the majority of the menu is off-limits.
I was also slightly surprised that they didn’t have any vegan ice-cream options available. It’s not too difficult to make coconut milk-based ice-cream, so it was a little baffling to see their various flavoured dairy ice-creams, and to not have at least an attempt at a vegan option.
In a nutshell
Name: Snow Flake
Location: 102 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TN
Vegan options: Luxury sorbet, ‘guilt free’ sorbet, tea, coffee
Luxury sorbet flavours: Apple, apple and elderflower, banana, banana and kiwi, lemon, lime, mango, melon, orange, peach, pineapple, raspberry, strawberry, watermelon, wild berries
Guilt free sorbet flavours: Apple, apple and elderflower, banana, lychee, orange, papaya, peach, pear, pomegranate
Vegan sorbet options available on the day: ~5 flavours
Overall thoughts: Reasonable amount of choice available. Great texture sorbet. Décor and service was good. Quite expensive.
Visit again? If I happened to be passing and felt like eating sorbet, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to go there. It certainly wasn’t a terrible way to spend half an hour though!
Let the culinary journey continue…