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Melting Moments is the latest addition to the city's sweet frozen market

Photo: R.Ragu

FROZEN DELIGHTS Melting Point's range of natural ice creams PHOTO: R.RAGU

Summertime and the livin' is easy. But only if you're a fish. Or doing your `livin' in the swimming pool. Because, regardless of what the old song croons, the whole "fish are jumping and the cotton is high" -type summer can safely be left to the birds. Or to the cowboys. For the rest of us, thankfully, there's air-conditioning. And ice cream.

Melting Moments, claiming to sell `ice dreams,' is the latest addition to Chennai's sweet frozen market. The restaurant, set on Nungambakkam High Road, makes `natural ice creams,' which they say are made with just concentrated fruit pulp, milk and sugar.

On day one, they actually grabbed people off the streets and fed them ice cream, to test their product. Unfortunately, now, you have to pay. But check the joint out anyway. The dιcor is simple, and the restaurant is small, but the ice creams are certainly unusual.

The brand, which originates from Hyderabad and has a presence in Bangalore, has almost every obvious flavour of fruit: date, fig, chikku, anjeer, mango... And these are real flavours — not the kind that come out of a bottle, as the owner, who stands behind the counter coaxing customers to dig in, states repeatedly. "Here, try the fig and honey. What do you think? Every lick you take, you get the grains of fig."

Standard fare

While the average ice cream maker usually just tosses some fruit into a readymade vanilla, this ice cream is made from actual fruits. So the apricot ice cream is crunchy with dried apricots, and the mango is creamy with the flavour of actual mango pulp.

Yes, they have sundaes, which are basically more of the same thing — Anjeer ice cream, topped with fresh figs or date and almond ice cream with pecan sauce. It's pretty much standard ice cream shop fare, with one notable exception: They serve aamras, the irresistible Gujarati mango dessert, with vanilla ice cream.

Melting Moments also has sandwiches, burgers and French fries. But you have to check those out yourselves. Wading through so much ice cream can be exhausting. Contrary to custom, the ice cream here is not whipped up to a chiffon-lightness. So a sundae on Monday can keep you going till Sunday. (Ok. I couldn't resist that.)

So much for summertime, when the "livin' is easy"!

SHONALI MUTHALALY

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