Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuttimelon - Premium Frozen Yogurt

Original Tart: Small $2.98 Medium $3.98 Large $4.98
Other flavours: Small $3.28 Medium $4.48 Large $5.48
Toppings: One $0.98 Two $1.48 Three $1.88 Extra $0.38
Parfait $5.98

Restaurant: Tuttimelon - Premium Frozen Yogurt
Cuisine: Frozen Yogurt/Gelato/Desserts
Last visited: August 19, 09
Area: Multiple
#2110 - 8391 Alexandra Road, Richmond
Price Range: $10 or less

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!

Food: 3
Service: 4
Ambiance: 3
Overall: 3
Additional comments:
  • Frozen yogurt franchise originating from San Francisco
  • Healthy frozen yogurt, with a tang
  • Non-fat (0% fat) yogurt
  • Gluten free
  • Generally more tart than Qoola
  • Yogurt cultures exceeds 8X's the National Yogurt Association requirement
  • "Tutti" means "all together" in Italian and "Melon" resembles "freshness from fruits."
  • Also serves crepes, gelato & smoothies
  • Sampling available
  • Amazing gelato!

**Recommendation: I like the green tea or blueberry frozen yogurt and the gelato is pretty amazing. Really strong flavours that you can taste just from the sample. The no sugar added coconut is great (I didn't even know it was no sugar added), the Mandorla Tostata (almond gelato with almond slivers) is fabulous, and the maple walnut is the best I've tried!

The original is way too sour and tart. Blueberry is most popular, it's the sweetest (least tangy). I also really enjoyed the green tea. The mango is okay, but the mango flavour is a bit too subtle. I would go back only for the green tea, blueberry, or gelato. It really depends on what you like though. Overall the yogurt here is not bad, it's the tangy yogurt, not the TCBY kind. There are better places, like Pinkberry, it's comparable to Qoola, but 21 Choices is still the best. Qoola has better tasting frozen yogurt, but Tuttimelon does a better job with toppings (if you get the right person) - you do get quite a bit. The inside is trendy/cutsie - just like all the other frozen yogurt places that have popped up in the last little while. They also offer crepes, smoothies, gelato, and sorbet on the menu. Don't miss out on the gelato, it really is gourmet.

On the table:
  • Green Tea 3/6
    • Toppings: Mochi, Digestive cookies
    • I like the chewiness of the mochi with the crunch of digestive cookies. Go during downtime and you get big pieces of cookie, when you go during busy times you get the crumbs. For me green tea and mochi go hand in hand.
  • Green Tea 2/6
    • Toppings: Mochi, Crunchie
    • Together, not so great, but separate it was fine.
  • Blueberry 4/6
    • Toppings: Mochi, Dragonfruit
    • Looks pretty, but dragonfruit doesn't have much flavour so it was more for the texture I added it. Mochi and blueberry is really good though. I'll try it with coconut and mochi next time.
  • Green Tea 2.5/6
    • Toppings: Almonds, Mochi
    • I like the crunchy and chewy combination of almonds and mochi. But the person loading the toppings for this one didn't do a good job.

  • Crepe w/gelato 2/6 (The gelato itself is 5/6)
    • This is impossible to eat! They make the crepes upon order and you choose up to 3 toppings to put in it. They fold the toppings into the crepe and roll it up and serve it in a paper cone. Then they put a scoop of gelato (your choice) on top of the crepe. The way it's served it pretty dumb. It means you have to eat the gelato first before you can even get to the crepe and toppings - which defeats the purpose I think. I want to eat them together! It should really be served on a plate. It's so hard to eat.
      The crepe is soft and flimsy so how is it supposed to hold the gelato? It barely does! The gelato just melts and it gets really messy.
    • The good: the gelato is really good. We had no sugar added coconut gelato and it was fantastic! You could never tell it was "no sugar added" - I actually didn't even know there was no sugar until the second time I went back and saw the label.
    • The crepe is flavourless, but at least it's made upon order. It doesn't stay warm because the gelato makes it cold and crispy.

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