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Published November 21st 2015
Adelaide's first liquid nitrogen dessert cafe
Liquid nitrogen has a variety of uses, including cryotherapy of suspicious skin lesions and the storage of cells in laboratory research.

Fancy Ices Liquid Nitrogen Gelato Ice Cream Dessert Adelaide
Liquid Nitrogen in a Laboratory Setting


In recent years it has become popular in food preparation with the ability to rapidly cool desserts and to create a smoky effect in cocktails.

Fancy Ices Liquid Nitrogen Gelato Ice Cream Dessert Adelaide
Fancy Ices on Field Street off Gouger Street near Chinatown


Adelaide's first liquid nitrogen dessert cafe Fancy Ices opened on Field Street off Gouger Street in January of 2015 and aims to serve an intriguing selection of chilled concoctions. When entering the shop, the first thing to notice is the large, steel liquid nitrogen tank to the left. Behind a nearby glass shield are a row of stand mixers. After taking orders, staff extract liquid nitrogen from the tank, pour it onto your chosen ingredients in the stand mixer and within moments the liquid is frozen to a deliciously smooth consistency. In theory, the speed at which the mixture chills promotes the formation of smaller ice crystals than traditional ice cream or gelato making, which yields a more uniform, creamy texture.

Fancy Ices Liquid Nitrogen Gelato Ice Cream Dessert Adelaide
The imposing Liquid Nitrogen canister at the front of the cafe


Seating is available outside the cafe and additional seating is available up a set of stairs to the back. Other than a variety of interesting gelato flavours multiple other delectable choices are available. These include panna cotta served under a glass infused with coruscating applewood smoke, a variety of different waffles, s'mores with truffle oil melted chocolate and more familiar offerings such as chocolate fondue, lemonade, teas, smoothies and small tarts/cakes.

Fancy Ices Liquid Nitrogen Gelato Ice Cream Dessert Adelaide
Some small tarts and cakes


The liquid nitrogen gelato flavours rotate throughout the year; I've found most of them to live up to the hype with a smooth, uniform, creamy consistency working perfectly with some well constructed flavours. The more exotic choices are a standout and the kaya, sweet corn and silken tofu are particularly palatable. Prices range from $7 for a cup of gelato to more than $14 for more complicated concoctions.

Fancy Ices Liquid Nitrogen Gelato Ice Cream Dessert Adelaide
Stand Mixers


Fancy Ices Liquid Nitrogen Gelato Ice Cream Dessert Adelaide
Salted Caramel Gelato


If you're looking for an intriguing dessert experience after feasting on Gouger Street, Fancy Ices Cafe is perfect.
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Why? For a creative dessert
When: 12 noon to 11pm
Phone: (08) 7230 5460
Where: 31 Field Street, Adelaide
Cost: $7 to $18
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