“The Avocadocano boasts an avocado flavour that tastes very natural and strong, which I reckon would make avocado lovers go mental.“
Once upon a time, an Italian called Roberto Zangrandi and his family came to Indonesia to settle in Surabaya. In 1930, he opened up an ice cream parlour, which would eventually become the foundation that started off the Zangrandi ice cream empire. If you’re familiar with Zangrandi’s four iconic flavours – vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and mocha – then you should know that they came from the creative mind of Roberto’s lovely wife.
However, by 1960, the Zangrandi family decided to pack it all in and return home to Italy. Prior to their relocation, Roberto sold the family’s ice cream recipes to a wine entrepreneur named Adi Tanumulia. Adi had a knack for defining flavours, so combined the classic recipes bought from Roberto, Zangrandi – they kept the name intact – added three new flavours to its arsenal: coconut, raspberry, and durian.
Zangrandi went from strength to strength under Adi Tanumulia, so much so that it has become one of the landmarks of the City of Heroes. The business underwent an expansion courtesy of Adi’s family, with a number of branches being opened across the city, including a restaurant that was given the name Zangrandi Grande. As a sweet-toothed ice cream-loving foodie, I just had to make my way to Zangrandi’s first-ever shop on Jalan Yos Sudarso during my trip to Surabaya. Its architecture was the first thing that caught my attention as I entered the establishment, with its rattan fixtures enhancing the classic historical feel to the overall ambience even further. Its menu comprises a multitude of choices, ranging from Banana Split, Macedonia and Avocadocano to The Love Deal. Besides ice cream, you can also nosh on pizza and snacks here.
After a brief moment of rumination, I went for the Macedonia and the Avocadocano. Coincidentally, the timing was just perfect to gobble on some ice cream, as the sweltering heat in Surabaya was getting a tad too much for yours truly. Macedonia is made using liqueur, lending it a hint of alcoholic flavour that has a refreshing effect. The Avocadocano boasts an avocado flavour that tastes very natural and strong, which I reckon would make avocado lovers go mental. It invigorated me to the point where the hot weather outside didn’t bother me anymore.
If a short break during your excursion in Surabaya is what you’re after, then Zangrandi should be your number one pick to rejuvenate your mind and your taste buds.
Jl. Yos Sudarso No. 15
Surabaya, East Java
T: 031 534 5820
Open daily from 10am-10pm
Rp.50,000/US$3.60 per person