What’s your favorite pick-me-up after an exhausting day?
I have a list, which includes great ice cream. When I’m at the mall and I want cold comfort, my go-to is none other than Sebastian’s Ice Cream. This month’s highlight is Valentine’s Day; like most businesses, Sebastian’s prepared treats to make the occasion special by featuring Valentine flavors: Matinong Boyfriend, Matinong Girlfriend, Closure, and Unresolved Issues.
Sebastian’s hearts month offerings have been annual pleasures since 2014. Every year, the ingredients always change—but never the names. The only one that has remained the same since its inception is Unresolved Issues with its ampalaya (bitter gourd) sorbet and candied ampalaya bits.
For this year, Matinong Boyfriend has a sweet cream base plus strawberry sorbet with pound cake ripple; Matinong Girlfriend shows off decadence with its dark chocolate ice cream, chocolate covered potato chips, and burnt sugar marshmallows ribbon; and Closure is created with ginger tea, orange peel, lemongrass, and honey.
Because I wanted to try as much as I could, I asked if they still offered the half scoops, a promo I knew they offered at one of their former branches. The staff said yes. But they couldn’t say how much it would be because it depended on what flavors the customer would choose; they did say a customer could choose up to four half scoops of any flavor they want. As I stalled in trying to decide which fourth flavor I would pick, I asked lady behind the counter which was more popular between the GF and the BF. She said it was the GF.
Looking at their selection, I saw the last flavor I wanted. My Quad Combo amounted to Php 230.00.
As I waited at my table for the ice cream and the water, I could already feel the smile on my face. From the first spoonful, I already knew I would be reminded of sweetened salabat from Closure. Every taste of the BF got better until I had a bite of the pound cake. I thought I wanted the whole cake—it was that good. Whoever baked it is a genius. The GF was refreshingly dark and heavy, with a snap every now and again. Last was Ube Champorado, ice cream based on ube (purple yam) and malagkit (sticky rice). It made me want to have actual ube champorado (rice porridge).
Sebastian’s Valentine flavors are available until supplies last.
Sebastian’s Ice Cream
4F, Ayala Vertis North, North Ave., Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City