The Internet will tell you of the story of Chicho Gelato, a business launched out of an adorable cart moving from one suburban market to the next. Local West Australian produce made fresh. Rotating, inventive and sometimes daring creations. I’ve been wanting to try Chicho’s gelato for such a long time now but unfortunately kept missing the market appearances. Good news though, Chicho Gelato now have a store in the heart of Northbridge on William Street, and with some time to kill in the city on a Friday evening we swung past for a much needed gelato fix!
I love the atmosphere in and around a gelateria. The excitement of selecting flavours. People’s delight, lingering around the shop front licking gelato whilst conversing. Inside Chicho there are even words of woooo and ahhhhh upon discovery of a tall tap that releases a stream of chocolate. Just like something from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! The gelateria presents differently to what we’ve seen in Perth before, sunken silver lid canisters conceal the gelato. In other words, you can’t exactly see the gelato but the board behind the counter is where you can make your decision.
I tend to take what feels like a lifetime when it comes to the final all important decision. I am a default chocolate lover but at the same time I always want to try something a little new. Let me tell you, this is the place to try new. If you are on instagram, jump onto the Chicho Gelato page for photos of their new creations. Since our visit, Chicho have begun a collaboration series, teaming up with local chefs. For the month of March, it’s Miso caramel with roasted milk crumbs by Jacob from Short Order Burger Co.
Two scoops of gelato in a cup costs around $8.00. I went with a scoop of cactus fruit (prickly pear) and lime sorbet, as well as mango and passionfruit sorbet. Both gelato choices were GF, creamy and very sweet. The choices I made were strong in flavour, and the mango and passionfruit was the best. The lime gave the sorbet a nice tartness. I couldn’t get enough of it.
We also tried the fig, mascarpone and balsamic caramel, as well as a scoop of salted caramel. Definitely a caramel intensity over the fig and mascarpone.
Great place, great gelato, I loved it. I really appreciate local foods and real flavours, it’s something I tend to seek when out and about in Perth. It’s easier on my stomach which in turn makes my life easier! In saying this, I know they will not always be as strong as the artificial flavoured gelato/ice cream varieties out there so I guess you have to weigh up what you want more. DD on the other hand thought the serving was on the small side for $8.00, he would have liked more.
180 William Street, Northbridge
Chicho Gelato are open until 11pm over the weekend.