ONE of the coolest new dessert crazes from Thailand has now landed in Newcastle at two of the city’s leading restaurants.

Osbornes and Scalini’s, both at Osborne Road, Jesmond, are among the first venues in the North East to introduce ice cream rolls to their menus.

The sweet treats have been big business on the Thai street food scene for several years, but only recently arrived in the UK, although they are generally only found in London.

But now they have arrived at Jesmond, at two venues owned by Newcastle’s leading leisure and hospitality operator, the Malhotra Group plc, and are proving a popular choice with diners seeking a new twist on the humble scoop of ice cream.

The process involves taking a dollop of ice cream and combining it with bits of delicately chopped fruit, chocolate, biscuit or other ingredients before spreading it over a flat, frozen slab.

Once flat, it is then formed into rolls which look just like tortilla wraps, and then served with fresh cream and garnishes.

The rolls are available in a selection of different flavours and anyone who fancies and alcoholic kick can even add a shot of Baileys or Tia Maria.

They are prepared in front of the customer so they can get the full street vendor experience and Atul Malhotra, director of operations said they are already proving to be a big hit.

“We believe we are the first in the North East to introduce ice cream rolls to our Osbornes and Scalini’s menus and we’ve had a lot of interest already, although a lot of people are completely unaware of what they are.

“They look very much like classic tortilla wraps, but they are made completely from ice cream and we have a menu full of delicious flavours such as strawberry cheesecake and Oreo.

“We prepare them in front of the customer so they can get some of the street vendor experience, and we look forward to welcoming new visitors to try them for themselves.”

For further information, visit the websites: www.osbornesjesmond.co.uk and www.scalinisrestaurant.co.uk