N2 Extreme Gelato, Sydney

09 Jan
January 9, 2013

What is so extreme about N2?  Well, they just happen to make their gelato using liquid Nitrogen.  Not a new concept and has been around for a while.  The first time I came across this method was on a trip to New York a few years ago.

Why make gelato with liquid Nitrogen?  Liquid Nitrogen freezes the liquid gelato 10 times quicker than a conventional gelato batch maker.  This results in finer ice particles and leaves you with a very smooth creamy gelato.

What also makes N2 stand out from the crowd is your gelato order is made fresh for you.  Fresh herbs, aromatics and other ingredients can be added at the last moment, giving the customer the freshest gelato in town.

N2 is decked out like a chemistry lab crossed with a kitchen.  There are beakers containing the gelato ingredients, funky coloured Kitchen Aids lining the steel bench and a giant caged vat of liquid Nitrogen safely out of the way of the action.

N2 Extreme Gelatocoff(ee) my butt(er)(brown butter & espresso) and chinka elf (coconut sorbet with passionfruit)

Most of the appeal of visiting N2 is watching your gelato being made.  Ingredients are placed in the bowl of the Kitchen Aid, and as the mixer beats away the liquid Nitrogen is added.  The gelato freezes solidly to the bowl, but by the time they chip and scoop it out in to your cup, the gelato is around -6C and perfect for consumption.

N2 Extreme Gelato FlavoursDon’t visit expecting a large choice in flavours, expect around eight.  Flavours change weekly and you never know what to expect.  You won’t find plain old chocolate or vanilla on their menu.  Instead you may come across truffled popcorn, salt & pepper calamari or earl grey caramel.

N2 Extreme Gelato Chocolate Nibbleschocolate nibbles (cocoa nibs & milk gelato)

I have tried a few of the flavours now and prefer their lighter sorbet style gelatos to their heavier cream based ones.  I find the creamy ones just a little too creamy for my taste, whereas the sorbet style ones, even though still quite creamy are a lot lighter on the tongue and more enjoyable.

A cup of N2 gelato will set you back $6, there is only one size.  Extreme shakes are also available along with a few other beverages.

Do tell dear Belly Rumbles’ reader, have you tried ice cream/gelato/sorbet made using liquid Nitrogen?

Sara xxx

N2 Extreme Gelato
43/1 Dixon St, Sydney

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11 replies
  1. Tina @ bitemeshowme says:

    I only recently tried N2 and I was mesmorised by the quirkyness of it all. I enjoyed the fact that my gelato was made right infront of me. I was boring and tried the mango sorbet, but it was one hell of a sorbet I tell you!
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    • Sara says:

      It is so much fun watching them prepare your gelato, really is a big part of the appeal for me. I saw the mango sorbet on the menu, but had to try something a little different.

  2. JJ @ 84thand3rd says:

    I’ve never been but I keep seeing it all over Instagram! We may have to forgo our usual gelato fix to try N2 next time!
    JJ @ 84thand3rd recently posted..Sour Cherry & Macadamia Cake, including 15 of my favourite cherry recipes!

  3. Von says:

    I’m not the biggest fan of gelato, but I love the flavours they have here :)
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  4. GourmetGetaways says:

    I loved my trip to N2, I had the rose ice-cream and thought it was amazing! Yum, in this hot weather I could easily consume copious amounts on N2!
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  5. Garth says:

    Firstly, loving the new site design (apologies if I have missed it before). Liquid nitrogen isn’t something that I have used but I did find a few suppliers in Sydney before Christmas. A favourite of Heston Blumenthal. The coconut passionfruit sounds spectacular, might have to check Extreme Gelato out for myself.
    Garth recently posted..Sour mango and peach pickle

    • Sara says:

      Thanks so much Gareth for your kind comments re Belly Rumbles new look. I haven’t played with liquid nitrogen, but do have a supplier through work, one day :)

  6. Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) says:

    I still haven’t had a chance to try this yet! I blame not being in the city much anymore =(
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