Crolla’s Gelateria

15th April 2018 3pm

A friend and I took a stroll along the Water of Leith one sunny Sunday and ended up Crolla’s for an ice cream. Situated at the Shore, we sat at the window with a view of the water whilst absorbing the 50’s diner feel inside. We had originally gone in for a small ice cream but easily got swayed both by the serving area and the menu and ordered a cold stone ice cream and a sundae as well as a couple of drinks. They also serve savoury food should you have company with you who does not like ice cream (and frankly, you might need to question your friend choices!).

Chocolate Minty Madness - Crolla’s

Chocolate Minty Madness – Crolla’s

So I mentioned I had a cold stone ice cream. This is where you choose your ice creams and inclusions and get it all mashed together on a cold marble stone to make a brand new ice cream. Top it with sauce and away you go. For those of you less creative, like me, there are some suggestions of creations. I chose the chocolate minty madness. On delivery to our table, I was a bit shocked by the lurid green sauce splashed across it but it actually tasted ok. The ice cream itself was lovely and the chocolate buttons mashed through were yummy. Across the table from me, I did have a bit of food envy with the sundae. The lovely shell shaped glass held lots of ice cream, sauce and cream to scoop your way through.

Hot chocolate fudge sundae - Crolla’s

Hot chocolate fudge sundae – Crolla’s

They do my beloved cookie dough creations here, so I will definitely have to pop back for another visit, even if it’s not sunny.

Cold Stone ice cream mixing - Crolla’s

Cold Stone ice cream mixing – Crolla’s

Food – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 31/40

Would I eat here again? Yup

Cost £16 for two ice cream dishes and two diet cokes

Ice cream - Jilani's


7th September 2017 6.30pm

We decided we fancied a sweet treat and ventured into Jilani’s. Situated opposite Old College, Jilani’s opens in the evenings to meet all your dessert needs. Focussing primarily on ice cream; cones, sundaes and milkshakes are a staple. Waffles, crepes and cakes are also available. However, my eye was drawn to the section labelled cookie dough. With a variety of flavours, I was surprisingly attracted to the simple milk chocolate chip option. My friend wanted a sundae. She’s strange and doesn’t like cream, so asked for it without. The gentleman serving us was concerned she’d be disappointed it wouldn’t look as good, so added a couple of extra toppings to make it look more impressive.

Milk Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough - Jilani's

Milk Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – Jilani’s

When mine was ready, it smelt incredible. The cookie dough was warmed, more like a molten biscuit. It tasted absolutely divine. The scoop of vanilla ice cream contrasted well. Chocolate sauce and a scattering of chocolate drops finished off the dish. My friend also loved her sundae. Lots of biscuity treats adorned the top and scoops of ice cream and lashings of sauce worked a treat.

Sundae - Jilani's

Sundae – Jilani’s

It’s a shame this place only opens in the evening as I imagine it would do well in the afternoons, particularly at the weekends but as a small business, this is not currently possible. Worth skipping dessert elsewhere for a visit in the evening.

Food – 9/10
Service – 10/10
Atmosphere- 7/10
Value – 8.5/10

Overall – 34.5/40

Would I eat here again? Without a doubt

Cost just shy of £11 for the two desserts