Saturday, November 18, 2006

I Almost Forgot Dessert! - Mashti Malone's

Mashti Malone's
1525 N La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 874-6168

143 N Maryland Ave
Glendale, CA 91206
(818) 662-0400
Google Local Map

You folks with sweet teeth must think I hate you. I've been raving on here for over a year, post after post about appetizers and main courses: steak, tacos, sushi, noodles, tofu, you name it... and not once have I mentioned dessert. Fact is, I just don't have a sugar jones. I don't object to desserts, mind you. I dig a cheesecake or creme brulee as much the next foodie. But as a true metrosexual, I like to maintain my girlish figure while keeping a good buzz on, so I' usually pass on that flan at El Coyote (excellent, btw) or the what-the-hell-is that-du-jour at that Korean joint, and head home to spend my calories on a nightcap instead.

Unfortunately for my figure, Mashti Malone's Ice Cream Parlour is on my way home from just about everywhere.

We're zipping up LaBrea, and I see that quirky sign. (The legend is that when two Persian brothers bought the place to sell their exotic ice cream, they could only afford to change the first name on the sign left by the Irish former tenants.) "Mashti!" I scream, and we screech into the skanky parking lot the parlor shares with a skanky liquor store, a skanky laundromat, and The Lava Lounge.

Mashti's has a couple dozen flavors, all made fresh on the premises. There are favorites like chocolate and vanilla, butter pecan, blueberry. And they are really, really good. Award-winning, in fact, as the festoonery on the wall will inform you. But you go here for the Persian ice cream at the far right of the counter.

Made with a base of rosewater, the flavors read like the aromas of a bivouac on the ancient spice road: Creamy Rosewater Saffron, Orange Blossom, Ginger Rosewater. You could get 'em on a cone or cup, but why? You want the full experience, so order a "Mashti." It's a scoop of ice cream squished between two light, sugar-cone style wafers. It's a unique dessert in every way, from flavor to presentation. My wife loves the Ginger Rosewater, though it's a flavor I find odd in a sweet. Give me the Rosewater Saffron with pistachios: yellow like Indian pullao rice, creamy like a good French vanilla, and punctuated with big, juicy nuts.

And the best part is, you can take the experience home with you. Check the freezer in the corner, and you'll find their signature flavors by the pint, as well as plastic-wrapped Creamy Rosewater Mashtis-to-go. Though the sugar wafer is nowhere near as good frozen as it is fresh, they're still a staple in our freezer.

Face it, as long as you're food crazy-ing around L.A., tasting all those diverse ethnic cuisines , you might as well cap it off with a little detour to Persia on the way home. And I see there's a new Mashti outlet in Glendale, too!


  1. Thank God you're giving Dessert it's day! Mashti's is one of those unique little havens that won't allow me to move from LA. I won't find ice cream like that elsewhere, and I sure as hell won't find a schizophrenic Irish + Middle Eastern sign. Plus, that last time I was there, I saw Weird Al eating a Mashti. Freakin' love LA! :)

  2. Thanks for the review. I've been meaning to check out Mashti's the last time I had an occasion that needed, no- demanded, ice cream cake - but opted for a somewhat closer Scoops instead. The rosewater one is what piqued my interest about here though.

  3. Anonymous10:12 AM

    Nice nice nice! There's also a decent (not bad not amazing) middle eastern restaurant on the opposing side of the Lava Lounge. Whenever I book a gig at the Lava, I usually set my sights on a yummy dinner followed by some ice cream followed by some rock and roll and cocktails. That decrepit mini-mall is a gem. Warning to all that parking can be an issue. Worst case scenario is street parking on Sunset.

  4. Yes...when I was a little girl, my grandparents lived in the neighborhood. We used to visit Molly Malone's often for ice cream. Glad that Mashti is carrying on the tradition!

  5. I love this place. It is so hard to drive down LaBrea and not stop in. I seriously have parked blocks away and walked to get a scoop.
    Now look what you did...(okay, I'll see you there)



  6. This is one of those places that you drive by (or sit in traffic in front of) and just wonder about. Your post has given me the push I need. I'm planning a trip.. And soon! Thanks!

  7. Hi found you from a google search on Sushi Dans. We love Mashti Malones! The guys there are so nice and the ice cream is heavenly!