Confusing title? Pune is nothing close to cold at the moment! The constant waves of heat in the air through the day and into the night make us literally want to kill someone. What can make it better? A dip in a swimming pool? 24 hours of air-conditioning? Or simply giving up on food since it is too hot to even eat? Being a foodie, giving up on food is not an option for me, but I surely am picky about what I want to eat and when. And this season, the only thing that truly managed to fill my heart with delight is ice-cream from the newly opened Minus 301 Fahrenheit in Viman Nagar! (apart from homemade aamras, of course!)
Opened on the 22nd of April this year, this place has outlets in a lot of cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Chennai, etc. but it’s the first one in Pune. The place gets its name from the nitrogen technology used in the making of its ice-creams. A huge nitrogen container has ice-cream that is frozen at a temperature of minus 200 degree Celsius. It is then beaten on a cold, flat metallic surface, which has a temperature of minus 20 degree Celsius. That makes it 200 + 20 = minus 220 degrees, which, when converted to Fahrenheit is equivalent to minus 301 Fahrenheit. The ice-cream is neatly beaten and turned into ice-cream rolls which are then served with toppings!
A small, colourful place, located at a walking distance from the first Symbiosis Campus, Minus 301 Fahrenheit has an appealing look and will get you smiling right from the moment you take a look at the menu. There are interesting flavours such as Banana, Peach, Hongkong Coffee, Bubble Gum and Cinnamon Toast. Yes! The list itself makes you want to have them all. I went with my mum and a cousin; it was obvious that we were confused and hence decided to go in with the Make Your Own Sundae, where you can choose two flavours of your choice. One of the staff there recommended a combination of Guava Chilly along with Fresh Strawberry! Guava Chilly? On one hand, my curiosity took an instant leap and kept prodding me to go for it and on the other hand my scepticism told me it’s the worst idea ever. We decided to go with it anyway and it turned out to be an extremely good choice!
The idea behind the Guava Chilly flavour is to induce the flavour of the roadside peru served with salt and chilly powder into an ice-cream. So the guava scoop tastes exactly like the roadside peru and is sprinkled with chilly powder from the top! Yes, it was heavenly! If the chilly flavour, like me, made you think of green chillies, worry not, because we’re totally wrong. The Fresh Strawberry was a yummy flavour too and went well with the Guava flavour. It had toppings such as chopped pieces of Falero chocolate, tutti-fruti and some other versions of fruits. I wasn’t too happy with the toppings. Given a choice, I’d have my ice-cream only with fruit sprinkles and crumbs of waffle cone. Yes! They have that! They have few other interesting toppings too, so you can choose.
The only other thing we weren’t too happy about was the size of the serving container. It was served in a disposable plastic box but was quite small to carry everything that was placed on it. The ice-cream was literally dripping from the sides. They definitely need bigger containers. The staff was nice and friendly. The size of serving was decent and for 170 bucks, our Make Your Own Sundae seemed to be totally worth it. The place opens at 2 pm and is open till around 12 am. Luckily for us, the day we went it was open till 12:45 am! Woot! Woot!
Overall, it was a great experience. So go right now, and get your dose of nitrogen boost this season!