Sophie is an avid journalist living in the north of London. Read my latest reviews: www.planetcrude.wordpress.com
Published August 9th 2013
The shop! sambaswirl.co.uk
I'm a great lover of frozen yoghurt lately, saying this I have been since arriving in London. I think I have been to every frozen yoghurt chain going, but this was a new experience for me - it was a little place in Islington called 'Samba Swirl'.
I believe they have only 3 stores located around London: one in Islington (nearest station Angel), one in Chiswick and another in Battersea. Anyway, my nearest one was Islington, and I had never been to that area before, but let me tell you, it was my idea of heaven. So many frozen yoghurt chains and it even had a cyber candy store. As you can tell, I have a sweet tooth but I try and keep it as healthy as possible, hence the change from ice cream to frozen yoghurt!
The shop was easy to find with an excellent location opposite a little green common, which provided plenty of benches and areas to sit and enjoy the sunshine.
Entering the shop I was truly amazed by what lay in front of me. This is the only shop I have seen which allows you to self serve your own frozen yoghurt, it is then weighed and you pay for it in weight. There were a mass of tubes and frozen yoghurt machines, the tubes filled with an abundance of tasty treats to sprinkle on top of your chosen flavour.
I decided to be a bit naughty and went full out, choosing one of their well known flavours - 'Red Velvet' - which as you can guess, tasted just like a piece of cake. Each day they change the six flavours on offer to you within a selection of over 30 delicious flavours, they also do smoothies. Now of course I had to finish it off with a mass choc over ride of flakes/smarties/mini eggs/ chocolate shortbread and chocolate sauce. They had so much choice when it came to toppings, from unhealthy chocolate to a selection of fruit and fruit coulées!
Our portion of frozen yoghurt actually weighed more than their biggest size, but we only got charged the maximum amount which was around £6.50 - which for the amount we got was a pretty good deal!! You have to acknowledge that frozen yoghurt is a treat and knowing this, it is a bit pricey, but worth it.
In conclusion, if you like frozen yoghurt and doing things your own way, this is the place to be. It's a fun treat, maybe after a meal with friends or on a first date - food you can create yourself is always a bonus and you can show off your creativity.