Annex 84: Kem CoBa | Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

60 Fairmount O.
Montreal, Quebec

Bus:  STM 46, 51, 55, 80, 435, 935

Visit:  August 21, 2012

The Mile-End district of Montreal is literally bursting at the seams with places to visit.  In the last post on this blog, the latest brunch and burger offering was looked at.  With that place in the books, I just couldn’t resist crossing the street and sampling some of the most talked about ice cream on the island of Montreal.  That place is called Kem CoBa and they’re one of the top ice cream vendors in this city.

Kem CoBa came onto the scene last year.  While the competition for ice cream is rather crowded, it’s online reputation is what sets it apart from the rest.  While there are a litany of places that sell ice cream, there aren’t very many that are on the tip of our tongues.  The fact that it’s located steps away from one of the most famous bagel places in the world doesn’t hurt whatsoever.

Make sure you act quick, these specials aren’t around forever.  You won’t regreat trying them either.

This location is not very big.  You have just about enough space to enter, browse, and pay.  After those three things are done, it’s probably best that you step outside and find a bench to enjoy what you’ve purchased.  Also, it would be wise to check on opening hours, since it is a seasonal business.  With crowds and line-ups right outside, you can see that the masses have been clamoring for their ice cream.

The shop is run by a couple, who also happen to be 2 well-trained pastry chefs.  In this town, it’s not what you know how to do that puts you over the top, it’s how special the experience is.  Their interaction with each and every customer is truly hands-on.  You can plainly see that they have a great deal of passion for what they do.  The customers ahead of me that I observed seemed to have really appreciated that.

The options that you’re presented with are quite unique.  There are some flavours that you probably won’t find anywhere else on the island.  If you take a look at their website, you’ll see a sample of what you can be selecting from.  Since it’s a small operation, they also have the freedom to switch things up, to better show the diversity of ice cream flavours.  If ice cream isn’t your thing„ there is also a wide amount of sorbet and soft serve flavours to choose from.

Chocolate 72% Ice Cream

I’m not that adventurous when it comes to trying new ice cream flavours, I’ll leave that to the thousands of other people who’ve been here.  There was no way I could resist having chocolate ice cream since I have a soft spot for the stuff.

When I received the 150 ml cup, I quickly went outside to find an appropriate bench to devour this delicacy.  What ensued was me enjoying every little bit of the container using the nice fluorescent contraption provided.  It was really some of the best chocolate ice cream I’ve had in a while.  Since it was a nice day, there was some melting happening and I just had to scoop that up to make each moment count.

Final Verdict

If you haven’t heard of Kem CoBa, you’ve been living under a rock.  Their interpretation on this seasonal treat puts them in the leading pack with the rest of the top ice cream vendors in this city.  Those looking for something new will be quite satisfied, while those like me, looking for the tried and true will also have something to relish.  The owners’ collective passion for their art and their treatment of their customers is the ideal equation to hopefully see them in this city for a long time to come.

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