It seems that 2016 shall be known as the year of the good gluten free ice cream, although this may be mostly due to me personally eating a lot more of it this summer. But there are a few new standouts and Oak and Ice on Schönhauser Allee is definitely one of them with a much higher quality of ice cream than usual.
First off, the place is gorgeous and around 5000 times better that other ice cream places in terms of seating and comfort.
I’d actually go far as to say it’s more of a cafe than an ice cream parlour.
They have a pretty great selection of ice creams, although at the moment they’ve stopped labelling which are gluten free. I’m not sure why they’ve done this, but they do say that their sorbets are all gluten free but only after asking will you be told that the other ice creams are all gluten free apart from one (the oreo cookie one on my visits). This is a little worrying as you’re completely relying on the staff behind the counter to really know what they’re doing and as we’ve mentioned before, most people do not. Add to this that almost every time I have been, I’ve asked if the ice cream is gluten free, ordered and then been offered the ice cream in a cone. Suffice to say a little labelling and staff training would go a long long way here.
To be honest though, I wouldn’t be giving them a hard time if they were not offering things like this.
Yes, the signs are somewhat hard to read, but that’s a gluten free ice cream sandwich written right there. So, on my first visit, I ordered one, because what else would you do?
Honestly, it wasn’t that great. The cookies are from Jute Backerei next door and they’re good as British style biscuits but not really the american chewy cookie that you need for an ice cream sandwich. They’re just very very dense.
But, on the bright side, the Marscapone and Fig ice cream within was absolutely amazing.
Not to mention the salted caramel varieties (they are ridiculously good). Even their plain ol’ regular boring just vanilla is out of this world.
They do have a cake selection too, but I’ve only seen one or two gluten free options there.
All of the cake options I’ve seen are from Jute Backerei also.
In conclusion, definitely go and visit, their ice cream is simply the best I’ve had in the entire city. But be careful, double check and ask them to cater more to gluten free people.