Sweet Rose Creamery #2 – the Best Ice Cream Has Spawned a Child

25 Sep

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Sweet Rose Creamery has been scooping LA’s best ice cream since 2010. But to get Shiho Yoshikawa’s creations you had to schlep all the way to Brentwood (unless you’re a millionaire yoga mom, in which you sauntered over after mid-morning yoga). But just last week Shiho opened the new Sweet Rose at Lincoln and Pico! So now you can get her unbelievable Valrhona fudgsicles with slightly less traffic infuriating you! Hooray!

The new location is next to the Eames design office. No parking lot like the Brentwood Country Mart has, but no matter — parking was impossible there, too!

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They have moved the production of all ice cream over to the Pico location, so you may see the chef there sometimes. The menu is basically the same, but has a few notable additions: soft serve ice cream, baked goods from the people who bring you Huckleberry and Milo and Olive’s stuff, and pourover coffee from Caffe Luxe.

You can see the soft serve machine below. They started with Kyoho grape and peanut butter soft serves! Absolutely wonderful! A few years ago I had a similar PB&J swirl soft serve at Momofuku Milk Bar. It was great there, but had a very familiar out of a jar taste. This version was classic Sweet Rose: the grape wasn’t just grape, it was specifically the taste of Kyoho grapes, and the PB tasted really more of dry roasted peanuts than any PB you’re going to get in a jar.

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Here’s the pourover station (they still have an espresso machine). I’m not a big fan of Caffe Luxe coffee, so oh well. But it is a nice addition considering they are now opening for breakfast with their new lineup of pastries.

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One interesting change is that they tweaked my favorite flavor, the fresh mint chip. Shiho’s version in Brentwood is fragrant and herbal with fine ribbons of dark chocolate throughout. Here, they replaced the chocolate with Valrhona chocolate “pearls.” It’s Valrhona, so it’s still delicious, but it is more like candy and less pure chocolatey. Overall, still delicious, but I prefer the original.

They also are specifying that they use mint from Maggie’s Farm. I wasn’t sure I could detect a difference in mint taste, but it does emphasize that the taste is incredibly fresh minty.
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Here’s also some photos of the original Brentwood locale and a couple bullet points to emphasize how I love Sweet Rose:

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One of my favorite seasonal flavors is carrot cake. I never thought of carrot cake as seasonal, but learning how they make this flavor says a lot about Sweet Rose. Step one is that they get carrots from the farmer’s market. Then they bake a carrot cake from scratch. Then they incorporate that cake into the ice cream.

It’s cream cheese flavored as a base, so that part is not seasonal. But the end product is carrot-y and tangy and wonderful.

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One time I was standing in line and saw Shiho going from the kitchen to the front. Someone in line overheard me pointing her out and after getting his ice cream said, “I want to kiss her on the mouth.”

Sweet Rose Creamery
Brentwood Location
225 26th Avenue, Suite 51
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 260-2663
Open Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

Pico Boulevard
826 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 260-2663
Open Daily from 7 am to 10 pm

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