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The LAB Nitrogen Gelato

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published April 24th 2014
Move over Cold Rock, nitrogen gelato much cooler

When I was in Year 9, we were a horrible class. There was a science teacher, who to this day, I still feel sorry for

The only way he could get our attention was to bring out the liquid nitrogen. He would quick freeze a banana and then smash it with a hammer and it would explode into smithereens.

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That would shut us up and restore order for at least a few moments.

I noticed recently, when walking past the LAB Nitrogen Gelato bar in Burke Street, that the showmanship of liquid nitrogen has lost none of its appeal.

The clouds of billowing gas emanating from the premises were really drawing a crowd. And those creating it looked the scientific equivalent of that teacher in their lab coats, gloves and protective goggles

To be honest I don't know how it all works. I really wasn't listening in those science classes and now for the very first time I wish I had been.

I do remember that it is important to wear protective clothing such as gloves.

I gather the liquid nitrogen does the same thing to hands as it does to bananas.

The nitrogen is not an ingredient in the gelato. It is just the wow factor. It quickly freezes the gelato but becomes a gas and plumes off into the air creating lots of drama as it does so.

Ice-cream made this way is much quicker than the normal freezing process. So the claim is that there is a finer, fresher, smoother texture that captures the full extent of the flavours.

Certainly the range of flavours is amazing and include tiramisu, salted caramel popcorn, mango and peach and lemon lime and bitters. There is even a sesame gelato topped with green tea sauce and a pina colada sorbet made from pineapple and coconut.

Worth the $6 for the experience and the wow factor. It will also definitely keep the kids quiet for a moments as well.
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Why? New experience in gelato wizardry
When: Open Monday – Sunday, 12pm til late
Phone: 03 9077 5354
Where: The Lab Nitrogen Gelato 118 Bourke Street, CBD
Cost: $6
Your Comment
Liquid nitrogen is cool. We never did anything like that at our school. Imagine if science classes involved making ice cream with liquid; I bet that would make kids interested.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2577 days ago
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