REVIEW: CREAM CURLS, CONCORD

Cream Curls

3 West View, Concord, Washington NE37 2DT

SINCE opening its doors 18 months ago, Cream Curls has become Washington’s favourite dessert bar, famed for its ice cream rolls and other sweet treats.

And earlier this year it upped its game by adding a selection of savoury options to its menu.

Unfortunately, the Washington Way team hadn’t got round to dropping by to sample some of its burgers or hot dogs before the lockdown, but were pleased to discover it was still offering takeaways.

The storefront lit up on a night…

Cream Curls is currently open from noon to 10pm daily and food can be ordered by telephone or via Just Eat and Uber Eats for collection or delivery. 

We decided to order through Just Eat for collection, aware that if we ordered ice cream, getting it home before it melted was important and didn’t want to run the risk of being in a long queue of deliveries.

We’ve tried Cream Curls’ famous ice cream rolls before and we’ve always loved them, so decided it was time to sample something else – and we were also keen to try the savoury options too.

We tried the Viva Las Vegas and the So Cheesy Burger, a Cheesy Dog, loaded nachos, chips, a Mighty Mint Waffle and a Biscoff & Cookies Magic Cookie Dough.

The Viva Las Vegas burger…

Let’s start with the burgers. The Viva Las Vegas costs £4.45 and features a beef burger, melted cheese sauce, white cheddar, crispy onions, tomato and lettuce in a brioche bun.

The So Cheesy is a crispy chicken fillet with white cheddar, melted cheese sauce and cheesy Cheetos and also costs £4.45.

It’s so cheesy – the So Cheesy Chicken burger…

The problem with takeaways is that burgers never travel well. Wrapped in tin foil, they retained their heat but did look a bit sad when we unwrapped them.

Taste wise, they were both nice if not a little dry. They may not be at the gourmet end of the burger market, but they were still tasty.

The hot dog, priced at £3.45, was a little disappointing. It was tasty – Cream Curls uses the Rollover brand which you can’t go wrong with for flavour – but it came served in a pale baguette with cheese sauce poured on.

I think a hot dog needs a hot dog bun and while it tasted good, it looked terrible – so bad we couldn’t even get a decent photograph of it. The chips weren’t great either so we’d recommend you give them a miss.

Assemble yourself some nachos with all the ingredients served to the side for you to customise…

However, Cream Curls really excelled with the nachos. They come with chilli, cheese sauce and jalapenos and we were happily surprised to find it comes in separate pieces so you can assemble yourself when you get home.

There was a big stack of nachos, the chilli was delicious and the cheese sauce was also very tasty – when Cream Curls opens properly again we’ll be in there weekly to have these again.

And finally, the desserts. It’s safe to say we could not fault these. 

The Mighty Mint Waffle costs £4.95 and features Mint Aero chunks and After Eights topped with melted chocolate sauce and white and dark shavings with choice of whipped cream or ice cream and was absolutely fantastic.

The Cookie Dough comes with a combination of crushed Lotus biscuits and Oreos, drizzled with melted milk and white chocolate and white shavings, priced at £5.95.

With a variety of cookie dough choices on offer, it’s difficult to go wrong…

Again we opted for ice cream, and again we were very impressed. The cookie dough itself was gorgeous and the topping was a chocoholic’s dream. 

It seems the desserts are still very much the best thing that Cream Curls offers, but the savoury is still nice. We definitely recommend the nachos…and we’ll certainly be back.

*This article originally appeared in Issue 4 of Washington Way magazine. Prices correct as of June 2020.