Vegan, Organic Gelato Shop ‘Umaluma’ To Open In Chinatown Next Month

IMG_0438

The new Chinatown condo development at 235 Pender Street is getting an organic, 100% vegan gelato shop. I took a look inside the 1,200 sqft construction site late last week with owner Ian Bruce – a software industry executive and passionate foodie – and the interior and brand designers (St. Marie and Glasfurd & Walker). Umaluma – as it’s called – will be a retail pint and scoop operation with 16 seats and over 20 flavours when it opens next month. What’s in a name? ‘Umaluma’ is pure poppycock. “I just like saying it,” Ian told me. “It means nothing and everything.” (Likewise, ‘poppycock’.)

I’m not all that into vegan representations of anything and that for damn sure includes gelato, but after a few spoonfuls of the stuff – drunken cherry with bourbon and salted pecan; dark chocolate truffle; strawberry malbec – I was totally sold. Each taste was super creamy, smooth and densely textured with boldly pronounced flavour. There’s really nothing on the market like it. Take a look…

Umaluma_moodboard-03Umaluma_moodboard-04Umaluma_moodboard-06Umaluma_moodboard-07Umaluma_moodboard-01

  • IMG_0430
  • IMG_0432
  • IMG_0435
  • IMG_0437
  • IMG_0438
  • IMG_0440
  • IMG_0442
  • IMG_0445
  • IMG_0448
  • IMG_0452
  • IMG_0454
  • IMG_0457

EXPLORE THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD

There is 1 comment

  1. It isn’t vegan. Please admend article. It has honey in it which is not vegan as it is not from a plant.
    Also not 100% plant based due the the aforementioned honey

Opening Soon

A Sneak Peek Inside the Imminent New Location of Earnest Ice Cream

The new scoop shop at 127 West 1st Street is expected to open this Friday afternoon. Take a look inside!

Chef Lucais Syme Plans ‘Autostrada’ – a New Pasta Concept for Main Street

Syme and partner Dustin Dockendorf aim to have the 30 seater open at some point this Fall/Winter

Opening Soon

A Sneak Peek Inside the New East Broadway Location of ‘The Black Lodge’

A fantastic space with great bones. Launch date set for end of September long weekend.

This French-Style Ice Cream Parlour on the West Side is Worth Getting Excited About

Mark Tagulao's new La Glace artisanal ice cream parlour is now in soft opening mode and aiming for an August 4th grand opening.