Plenty of people are happy with Fruity Pebbles, rainbow sprinkles and crumbled brownies, but not Quenelle owner John Park, who just debuted L.A.’s first chef-driven shaved show concept, Ice Que. He took over Avalanche in Alhambra, inheriting a snow-sledding yeti mural and all, and now makes almost everything that enters a bowl, including the ice cream, toppings, sauces and syrups. Yes, you can build your own bowl, combining strawberry snow with a trio of toppings. Pandan jelly, caramelized rice and mango are possibilities, as is condensed milk. Still, on my initial visit, I trusted Park’s prescriptions, none better than Black & White.
Black & White ($5.75 small, $7.25 large) featured a a distinct black sesame snow base, which Park shaved from his spotted cow-like machine. Condensed milk, coconut tapioca, squishy house-made mochi balls and crunchy black sesame flakes completed the sweet picture.
Park has built a library along the wall. A bespectacled owl wearing a college graduate’s cap says, “Whoot! Whoot! Read books!” including The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook and a book by Mo Willems titled, Should I Share My Ice Cream? In the case of Black & White, the answer is a resounding yes, though you won’t want to put down your blue spoon.