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Oasis ice cream parlour SOS

Thea Euryphaessa starts a ‘No Carb Left Behind Tour’ and wants your 'Eat, Pray, Love' help

Written by . Published on September 1st 2010.

Oasis ice cream parlour SOS

Back in 2003, award-winning American writer Elizabeth Gilbert – whose 1997 GQ article ‘The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon’ was the basis for the feature film, Coyote Ugly – set out on a yearlong journey of self-discovery across Italy, India, and Indonesia.

So, while still drawing inspiration from Gilbert but staying closer to home, I want to begin my tour by asking, first of all, where I can get the creamiest, most indulgent ice-cream in Manchester – but I need specifics.

After what the writer describes as ‘a failed marriage and a devastating, interminable divorce, followed immediately by a passionate love affair that ended in sickening heartbreak’ and with an advance from her publisher, the then 34 year old stopped the world and got off, before proceeding to pick up the pieces and put herself back together again away from the glare and grind of daily life.

In Italy, she pursued the Art of Pleasure, studying Italian for the sheer hell of it, while eating her way up the scales, out of her pants, and back to contentment (Eat). In India, she pursued the Art of Devotion by meditating and scrubbing temple floors at an Ashram (Pray). Finally, she pursued the Art of Balance (between pleasure and devotion) in Bali, where – yup, you’ve guessed it – she found Love.

Released in February 2006, the book became a bestseller of behemothic proportions, due in large part to word-of-mouth recommendations. According to the publisher, there are now over nine million copies in print. Oprah loved it. Soon after, Hollywood followed, with the big screen adaptation co-written by Ryan Murphy – creator of hit TV show Glee – who also directs. Brad Pitt produces, while Julia Roberts stars in the leading role.

The film version was released in the States on 13 August, but won’t be released in the UK until 24 September. In the meantime, to celebrate the UK release, I’m embarking on a Confidential Eat Pray Love tour of Manchester – but I need your help.

During her sojourn in Italy, Liz ditches the guidebook, preferring instead, to ask the locals for the inside scoop on the best restaurants and culinary delights. Meanwhile, her friends back home joke that she’s on a No Carb Left Behind tour of the country as she indulges in lashings of pizza, pasta, ice-cream and wine.

Now, we’re aware not everyone can afford to take off to Italy after a messy breakup, emotional breakdown, or crap day at work. So, while still drawing inspiration from Gilbert but staying closer to home, I want to begin my tour by asking, first of all, where I can get the creamiest, most indulgent ice-cream in Manchester – but I need specifics: Where did you get it? Just what made it so damn good in your not-so-humble opinion? Most important, is it capable of consoling a soul in distress?

To kick things off, I visited Oasis Ice-Cream Parlour on Manchester Road, Chorlton. On copping an eyeful of the come-hither selection through the glass, I was smitten. I must admit, I’m rather partial to my ice-cream. When I first visited a gelateria in Italy, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Fortunately, this place stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the best I’ve tasted.

As this was a Confidential assignment, I went for it. Liz Gilbert would’ve been proud of me. Actually, Pavarotti would’ve been proud of me. With a minimum of 36 ice-cream flavours in stock at any one time, Oasis has the entire taste spectrum licked. And, by the end of my tasting session, so did I.

Among numerous other flavours, I sampled melon (luscious), mango, tropical, chocolate (decadent), toffee fudge (divine), pineapple, banoffee cake (to die for), Turkish Delight, and bubblegum (fun and surprisingly delicious).

But it was on tasting the After Eight flavour that my mouth wept with orgiastic delight. Mouth-watering mint striated with generous silken wedges of dark chocolate, drove my taste buds to distraction. An hour later, I was still salivating. Never, ever again will I buy ice-cream from the supermarket – Oasis’s in-house offerings are by far supreme. Better still, it’s available in 5 litre takeaway tubs (for luxuriating in, one can only imagine). Smooth, creamy, and sensual beyond belief, this home grown ice-cream parlour is going to be a very hard act to follow. It opens very late as well.

So, over to you...

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Oasis Ice-cream Parlour is at 109 Manchester Road, Chorlton, M21 9GA and is open from Monday – Thursday until midnight and Friday – Sunday until 1:30am.

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

D KesslerSeptember 2nd 2010.

If only there was an ice cream parlour that made its own ice cream. This prefab industrial cr@p product is surely not a worthy contender for any praise, they should try harder...

NortherngeezerSeptember 2nd 2010.

I'm assuming its bought in from an industrial source, just like the 'real' cornish ice cream one purchases at the seaside. As with most food stuffs, you really struggle to actually find product that is homemade. I know of a pie shop in Wiginnnn that not only makes its own pastry but the fillings of the pies also............but i'm not telling anyone, the Q outside at 11 is already horrendous!!!!.

PiiieeessssSeptember 2nd 2010.

Northerngeezer - Is that the Rolling Pin bakery in Wigan? Best pies in the world.

NortherngeezerSeptember 2nd 2010.

Its not PIIIEEESSS, no, but thanks for the tip ;-)

2 ScoopsSeptember 2nd 2010.

Oasis rocks. The Banoffe Pie flavour is ridiculously good.

NeilSeptember 2nd 2010.

Get yourself to Dunham Massey on a sunny day for their (supposedly) home-made ice-cream. Sitting in their amazing grounds watching the deers - and a million families - wandering about eating either raspberry ripple (with real actual raspberries) or honeycomb and you'll think you're in ice-cream heaven. Even eating them on a drizzly day all wrapped up is pretty decent too.

wolfieSeptember 3rd 2010.

Zucca in Fallowfield - Or, the owner/chef makes his own icecreams and they are the best!

Trust me, it's definitely worth a try. Home-made icecreams that rival Italian gelato is hard to come by - but I think I found it!

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