Napoleon corrected his height deficiency by standing on gallon buckets of three-toned ice cream during portrait sittings, leering contests, and portrait sittings of him dominating leering contests. Enjoy more than three flavors and a leer-free treat with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of ice cream at Bombay Ice Cream in San Francisco.
Featured on the Food Network's Ice Cream Unwrapped and in San Francisco Weekly, Bombay Ice Cream freezes brains with more than 50 flavors of adventurous India-inspired ice cream. Excavate a mound of cashew raisin, tutti-frutti, mango, and tropical fruit to uncover unexpected flavors ($3 for a single scoop; $4.95 for a double). For hungrier desserters or Little League teams, a pint ($6.95) or a quart ($9.95) of ice cream is available in classic concoctions such as rocky road, strawberry, and cookies 'n cream, as well as permutations such as fig, kesar pista (saffron and pistachio), and ginger. The falooda, a float comprised of ice cream, milk, rose syrup, vermicelli, and flavored seeds called tukmalanga ($5.95), is a beloved Indian treat.
Bombay Ice Cream has become a fixture of the notoriously hard-to-break-into San Francisco ice cream scene, which, in the Gilded Age, was dominated by ice cream barons who quashed competition by teaching cows to politely decline being milked. Use today's Groupon to scream some unusual ice cream screams, or gather friends and have a contest to see who can get the most painful ice cream headache.
San Francisco Weekly featured Bombay Ice Cream and awarded the shop one of its Five Best Ice Cream Parlors of 2004 and its falooda drink Best Milkshake of 2005. The San Francisco Examiner also featured the restaurant. Yelpers give it an average of four stars and 73% of Urbanspooners recommend it:
- But if you really want the Bombay experience, live it up and order cardamom or saffron rose -- flavors you experience not so much as a taste but as a heady aroma that takes residence in your sinus cavity. A worthy experience. – San Francisco Weekly
- The flavors are wonderfully amazing!!! So rich and creamy, every lick is scrumptiously DELICIOUS!!! This is unique ice cream you'll sure to love [sic]!! – Jayne M., Yelp
- Loved the flavor of the cardamom rose and the mango ice cream. The texture of mango ice cream was creamier and so much stronger and much more bold than East Asian or Western mango ice cream. Tasty! – muffintop1029, Urbanspoon
Bombay Ice Cream
At Bombay Ice Cream, creamers blend traditional indian spices and fruits into frosty desserts to create alluring, uncommon ice-cream flavors. Featured on Food Network’s Ice Cream Unwrapped and in the recurring dreams of happy customers, the creamery’s eclectic flavors include bedam kesar pista—almond, saffron, pistachio—as well as fruit-based flavors such as lychee, mango, fig, and chicku, a tropical fruit. SF Weekly declared the shop one of the three best places for adventurous ice-cream lovers, suggesting that patrons "live it up and order cardamom or saffron rose—flavors you experience not so much as a taste but as a heady aroma that takes residence in your sinus cavity." Along with dishes of ice cream, servers specialize in crafting classic Indian desserts, such as falooda, an indian ice-cream float scented with delicate rose syrup and flavored seeds.
552 Valencia St.
San Francisco, California 94110Get Directions