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16° & CLOUDY ON FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER IN MELBOURNE
By Libby Curran
November 20, 2019
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Kenny Lover

Dipping chips into ice cream is encouraged at this bright orange Thornbury spot.
By Libby Curran
November 20, 2019
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Landing in Thornbury this spring, Kenny Lover is the nostalgia-fuelled new project from Tom Peasnell (PeachesDexterCheek), and Henry Sugar's Mike Baker and Daniel Mason, with styling and design by Maria Angelico. It's dishing up 70s Australiana vibes, alongside an offering of unusual ice cream and sorbet flavours, sure to stir up some good old-fashioned childlike excitement.

The half-vegan menu features plenty of native flavours like wattleseed and malt, and ginger with Davidson's plum. Even more creativity flows through quirky, yet considered combinations including white chocolate and kalamata olive, watermelon with olive oil, and even an ode to soy sauce.

Tried-and-true classics will sit alongside these contemporary hits – popcorn caramel ice cream, anyone? – all freshly churned on the daily. And your inner kid is sure to be stoked about the offer of hot chips for dipping ($6) and three spiders: rhubarb soda with coconut, cola with blackberry ripple and blood orange with pistachio. Ice cream will set you back $5 for one scoop, $6.8 for two and you can add on sprinkles or crunch for an extra $!.

Of course, an offering like that deserves a brilliantly bold setting, and Kenny Lover's fit-out doesn't disappoint. After all, this is the work of the same minds behind the pastel oasis that is Peaches. Here, get set for a vision of burnt orange, complete with orange banquettes and imported tiles by India Mahdavi. Bring on ice cream season.

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