I remember last year when I was begging for snowflake shaved ice to come to San Diego. Now it seems like every Asian restaurant and cafe is attempting their version of it.

We recently stopped in at E & Drink. I had wanted to try their new brick toast and it was a very warm day so I wanted to finally try their mango shaved ice, which I always see advertised when I am passing by. Well when we got there, I spotted a sign for snow ice and knew I had to try that over the regular shaved ice.

It’s a new enough item that it wasn’t on their menu. There was only a sign for the to-go order. When we sat down, we tried to order the Dynasty Brick Toast but was told they don’t yet have it. I then asked if we could order the snow ice and was told that we could order it.

Since it wasn’t on the menu yet, the waitress actually brought over the to-go sign so I could choose my toppings. The prices are a bit more expensive for the sit-down order, but then I think it’s also probably a bigger quantity and it’s displayed in a large boat-shaped dish.

Large Snow Ice with Mangoes and Pudding ($6.99)

At first glance, this looked promising. I could see ribboned layers peeking out from underneath all of the mango and pudding. Once we dug in though, I was immediately disappointed. The snow ice broke up into chunks and spooning it was like spooning cereal, which is never a good sign. The snow ice was extremely icy, maybe one of the worst we’ve had in San Diego. We did however really enjoy the pudding and the mangoes. I ended up eating mainly the toppings and leaving the ice.



Next time we might try the regular mango shaved ice, especially since we enjoyed the mango and mango syrup so much. Hopefully they will have debuted the brick toast by our next visit. Here’s another ad for the regular shaved ice:

While we were leaving, we watched two old men fighting over a parking spot. It got so heated that they both got out of the car and things started to get physical! One tried to hit the other with his walking cane, but luckily the other guy wrestled it out from him. It was very hot that day and it looked like the heat got to them. I was looking around for the security that is usually at Ranch 99 but of course they were nowhere to be found. The fight got a lot of attention from customers and eventually one of the old men drove off.

E & Drink (inside Ranch 99)
7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd #112
San Diego, CA 92111

   

8 Responses to “Snow Shaved Ice at E & Drink”

  1. caninecologne — July 3, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Thanks for taking one for the team! Too bad about that ice. The texture didn’t look right. I hope their brick toast fares better and that they offer it soon!

    • Kirbie replied: — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:32 am

      I hope so too, though I’m a little doubtful since I don’t like their egg puffs.

  2. Jinxi — July 3, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Aww that’s too bad about the snow ice :( I’m going to E & Drink for the 1st time tonight – gonna look thru your previous posts for recommendations ^^

    • Kirbie replied: — July 3rd, 2013 @ 10:28 am

      They have a decent beef and also seafood hot pots. I haven’t really liked anything else there. Maybe they will have the brick toast!

  3. Gina — July 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Everytime I go to Ranch 99, I pass by this cafe and I think about trying something, but I haven’t so far. Glad to know I’m not missing out on too much!

    • Kirbie replied: — July 4th, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

      The mini hot pots are decent. Not as good as the ones I’ve had in LA, but we don’t have many other choices in SD. I’m not very fond of the desserts though.

  4. Faye — July 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    That’s nice to hear they have shaved ice. I thought their dessert egg waffle was always decent . The story of the two old men fighting is scary. That parking lot is one of the scariest in SD. Someone hit my dad’s parked car there years ago and I swear I get a new car ding every time I visit 99 ranch.

    • Kirbie replied: — July 4th, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

      Yeah the parking lot sucks there. I’ve seen many fights over spots, though this was maybe the worst one.

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