Ben Ungermann’s cool icecream is melting hearts
Ungermann Brothers Icecream Parlour opened on Australia Day, 2018, and a delighted Ben Ungermann has revealed a clear favourite from his 15 debut flavours.
It’s the slightly nutty pale green vanilla bean and pumpkin seed flavour (pictured below) that Ipswich locals and visitors are most smitten with – an icecream unlike anything else you’re likely to find in all the land. The secret, says Ben, is the Slovenian pumpkin seed oil he uses.
The icecream parlour, which the 2017 Masterchef star opened with his brother, Danny, offers icecream in cups and cones (gluten-free available), as well as on tasting plates with accompaniments and micro herbs and edible flowers.
The first tasting plate – the offering will be changed regularly – includes lavender and honeycomb icecream with natural honey, crumbled honeycomb and edible flowers; lemon, honey and thyme served on Dutch shortbread with a honey mousse and almond dust; and vanilla bean and pumpkin seed with a salted caramel cream cheese mousse; and a cannoli wafer filled with dark chocolate and mandarin icecream.
The dainty greenery and flowers are sourced from Springfield Microgreens and Ben is keen to continue using as much local produce as he can.
Other popular flavours in his opening list include a lactose free peanut butter and chocolate; a lemon, lime and bitters sorbet; strawberry and balsamic; coffee and cardamom; salted caramel, bacon and pecan; Dutch spice, and Ben’s personal favourite, a divine lavender and honeycomb.
Ungermann Brothers occupies a site in the 88 Limestone precinct which also includes Pumpyard Brewery & Bar and Dovetails restaurant – there are plans to design a three-course progressive menu so patrons can meander to each site.
Ben was a popular contestant in the 2017 Masterchef series and has gained a global audience since finishing runner-up.
He said he was delighted to be able to open his first venture with his brother in their hometown of Ipswich.
The precinct is an example of the way the heritage city’s beautiful old buildings are being restored and repurposed. Ipswich is home to 7000 heritage-listed buildings and is known for its many entire streets lined with colonial cottages and grand Queenslanders.
Ungermann Brothers is open daily from 11am until late.