30 Scoops in 30 Days: Saffron & Rose (Day 8)
The most famous Persian ice creamery in Los Angeles is Mashti Malone's, but the best Persian ice cream actually comes from Saffron & Rose, a colorful shop in the heart of Little Tehran (a.k.a. Westwood Boulevard between Olympic and Wilshire), where they serve a particularly gooey and glutinous version of the sweet, cold treat. Their specialty is, as their name might suggest, a saffron and rose ice cream known as golo bol bol. We prefer isolated versions of just the saffron or just the rose; when the two are blended into a single ice cream, the latter tends to overpower the former.
Saffron & Rose sells a few standard ice cream flavors (strawberry, chocolate, cookies and cream), but its mainstay, the reason you'll hear Farsi from the flocks of customers waiting in line on most any night, is the smattering of exotic flavors like fresh ginger, guava, apple, cantaloupe and cucumber. Yes, cucumber. Unlike the smooth cucumber sorbet at Carmela, this is is sticky, ooey gooey ice cream unwilling to decamp from your spoon, and it's mottled with tiny, teeth-chilling chunks of frozen cucumber. Is that good? Is that bad? It's interesting. (Takeaway pints of most flavors line the store's floor-to-ceiling freezers. You can also find Saffron & Rose ice cream in the freezer section of many nearby Persian markets.)
Sometimes, it seems like rosewater is in every ice cream at Saffron & Rose. For some, that may be too much. We say, God bless you, Mr. Rosewater.
Previously on 30 Scoops in 30 Days...
- Day 7: Carmela Ice Cream
- Day 6: Mikawaya
- Day 5: Grom Gelateria
- Day 4: Sweet Rose Creamery
- Day 3: Fosselman's
- Day 2: Mateo's Ice Cream & Fruit Bars
- Day 1: Scoops Westside
- Day 0: It Begins!