Shaved snow may just well be the next dessert craze to hit Southern California, following the spread of frozen yogurt a few years ago. I first had it in Taiwan, where its unique texture captured my interests. Fruit juice or other flavors are typically mixed with condensed milk and then frozen into a block of ice. Upon ordering, the ice block is shaved by a special machine that produces ribbons of flavored milk ice. It's light yet creamy, melting like snowflakes on your tongue.
The shaved snow at Snow Princess uses fresh fruit and no dairy. It was certainly flavorful but I prefer the sweet creaminess from places that use condensed milk in their snow (like Class 302).
--- Food/Drinks ---
The snow is probably the most unique part
about this dessert house - it has a soft ribboned look that ends up
creamy and melty in your mouth. All of the snow flavors I tried were
good including lychee, green apple, strawberry and yogurt. Portion size
is a plus. The orders were piled about 6-8 inches high with the
toppings decorating the bottom edges. Definitely enough to be shared between two people.
I didn't think the
toppings were very good. Fresh fruit
would've been a big plus. The popping boba is a little on the sweet
side making chewing a little strange. I think the primary purpose of
the rainbow jelly is for adding color, I didn't think it added very much
to the snow in terms of taste.
--- Service ---
service. There is a $3 per person minimum when sitting down. This
means that if splitting a snow dish three ways, you'll be asked to order
fries or something else. Typically I would expect this minimum from a
super busy place, but since the place was nearly empty, I would've liked
them to be a little more lenient in this area.
--- Environment ---
visited with friends on a Saturday night, it was very empty. The
tables, chairs and room decorations were appealing and colorful, typical
of what you might expect from a shaved ice cafe.
within a plaza, the nearby stores and restaurants can be very popular
requiring a short walk from your car. Parking spaces are on the smaller
end but other no problems finding parking.