As expected, new ice cream parlors with liquid nitrogen (LN2) concept is blooming pretty fast in Jakarta. After pioneered by LIN Artisanal Ice Cream in Kemang and then the unique LN2 Ice Cream Private Catering Service by Elixcir Gelato, now meet the newest concept by RON’S LABORATORY.
Located at West Mall 5th Floor, Grand Indonesia, Ron’s Laboratory – as the name suggest – wanted to make us feel inside an ice cream laboratory. The lab décor plays along with transparent glass divider, nitrogen pipe, beakers, funnels, colorful mixers, and white-coated staff with super cool goggles.
Meet Ronald Prasanto, the geeky man behind Ron’s Laboratory. He intended to keep the name sounded all scientific because it was his love of coffee + molecular gastronomy that started the business in the first place. He said that there will definitely be new flavors rotating every month, to keep loyal customers coming.
Meanwhile, on the last week of October 2013 I had my chance to sample all five flavors of their Gelato: Red Velvet (IDR 60k), Avocado with Espresso (IDR 50k), Base with Caramel Swirl (IDR 50k), Dark Chocolate (50k), and Tape Ketan (IDR 45k); and also the only Sorbet flavor on the month: Lemongrass Sorbet (IDR 45k).
Ron’s Laboratory has what it takes: great location, quite unique flavors that’s promised to change monthly, interesting concept & décor to invite the rich & curious people to try. But I’m guessing that location plays a big role here – if it hits the right audience, business like this will stay forever. For me, price-wise, I seriously doubt I will oftenly spend above IDR 50k for ice creams only, haha. Good for first timers though, you need to at least quench that curiosity!
Grand Indonesia West Mall 5th fl. ED2-12B
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 1 Jakarta 10310