Ice Cream Waffles

Ice Cream Waffles

Featuring Hvala (CHIJMES), Birds of Paradise Gelato Boutique (Katong), Apiary (Neil Road), Burpple HQ (Republic Plaza), Butterknife Folk (Funan), Smitten Ice Cream Bar (The Bedok Marketplace), COTTA, Smรถoy (PLQ), Ri Ri Cha, Salted Caramel (Lorong Kilat)
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๐Œ๐จ๐œ๐ก๐ข ๐ฐ๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž (4โญ๏ธ; $6.90) - Enjoyable mochi waffle with crisp buttery exterior and chewy slightly sweet mochi interior. One can choose to build your own waffle and we paired ours with blueberries, mini marshmallows, and oreo crumble.

๐†๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐จ (4โญ๏ธ; fr $4.20) - Enjoyable range of flavours and we loved the refreshing tangy mandarin sorbet and rich nutty pistachio. They shared roasting and making their pistachio paste and ice cream from scratch!

๐–๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž (4.5 โญ๏ธ; $6.50) - One of the better waffles Iโ€™ve had with the perfectly golden brown crispy exterior and fluffy interior. Also liked the eggy finish and slight chew.

๐ˆ๐œ๐ž ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฆ (4.5 โญ๏ธ; $4.50/1, $8/2) - Had a hard time choosing amongst the various flavours but thoroughly enjoyed our final picks. Pistachio was richly roasted and nutty, right up my alley. Cinnamon cookie dough had an enjoyable woody and nutty flavour. Bonus was that they werenโ€™t too sweet or cloying.

Nian Gao waffles ($6.80 alacarte)
+ Double scoop ($15.80)
โญ๏ธ 4/5 โญ๏ธ
๐ŸดFinally tried the popular tea-based gelato spot. The nian gao waffles certainly lived up to the hype with its enjoyable textural contrast of soft, chewy rice cake with crispy, airy waffle, and creamy ice cream.

Was spoilt for choice among the tea flavours and settled on matcha butterfly pea soy and tie guan yin. The former was a feast for the eyes and reminded us of earth ๐ŸŒ. Comprised of two distinct flavours of matcha on one side and soy on the other. As a matcha fan, did appreciate the distinct tea aroma in the green section but found the creamy soy element in the blue section to overpower it. Enjoyed the aromatic and roasted notes of tie guan yin. Fortune cookie element was cute but it had unfortunately lost its crisp.

Will be back to try their other unique tea flavours like yuzu shiso and duck shit oolong.

๐Ÿ“@riricha.sg, 24 Sago Street, Singapore

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Freshly made, small-batch gelato by a friendly uncle (who happily shows you his ice cream set up if asked, and leaves the cutest responses on google reviews ๐Ÿคฉ). Step into the cosy space and be greeted with a variety of choices and generous scoops of ice cream samples. All were smooth, creamy, and not too sweet, just how we like it.

As a fan of pistachio ($4.70/premium), this satisfied in distinct nuttiness. Not the strongest around but liked that it wasnโ€™t sweet or surfeiting, with tiny crunch bits from actual nuts within. Bourbon dark chocolate ($5.50) was a good balance of rich bittersweet chocolate and malty undertones.

Paired it with a warm croffle that was a good balance of flakiness and fluffiness, and went well with the creamy gelato.

Flat white ($4.20) - Standard โ€˜buffet-styleโ€™ coffee of darker and bitter beans.

๐Ÿ“@freshiogelato, 01-60, Sunshine Plaza, Bencoolen Street, Singapore

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Love the aesthetics of this neighbourhood ice cream shop, with the carnival themed decor and ice cream character graphics. Cosy space for a sweet treat in the West.

The buttermilk waffles was served warm with a crisp exterior. The use of buttermilk made it more flavourful and moist, but on the denser and cake-y side. Enjoyable in smaller portions but a tad too heavy on the palette; wished it was more fluffy and airy (although this probably comes down to personal preference). Also would have preferred if the generous drizzle of maple was optional/ kept to the side, although glad that it wasnโ€™t too sweet.

Was tough making a choice among the 28 flavours but went with the recommended hazelnut. The ice cream was thick, creamy, and somewhat stretchy. Had distinct nutty flavour but did feel that the big chocolate chunks overpowered the hazelnut at times.

๐Ÿ“@icmnf, 01-23, Taman Jurong Shopping Centre, 399 Yung Sheng Road, Singapore

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Tucked in Midpoint Orchard (opposite 313 Somerset), this gelato shop is run by a friendly and humble young couple. Priding on healthier and eggless scoops that use 100% all-natural ingredients, the gelato was enjoyably rich, smooth, and creamy.

The dark chocolate sorbet was rich with bitter undertones. Pistachio (+$1) was strong in nuttiness and creamy. Did feel it was a tad sweet and personally would have preferred for slightly richer roasted aroma, but this was a good rendition nonetheless.

In comparison, the fruit sorbets were more refreshing and lighter on the palette. They tasted like a pure blended up (smoothie) version of fresh fruits. Enjoyed our choices of soursop and mixed berries that leaned towards the sour > sweet profile.

Do note there is dining area but limited seating space (~10 seats). Thankful that the kind owners rushed their lunch to offer us their space but would recommend avoiding peak hours.

โš ๏ธ Definitely recommend visiting, especially with the 1-1 scoops/ waffle with @burpple

๐Ÿ“@playgelato, 01-09, Midpoint Orchard, 220 Orchard Road, Singapore

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Still one of my favourite ice cream places, especially with the special and fragrant thyme cone! Personal bias goes to strawberry basil

Checked out the relatively new Cotta and loved the hidden door, long stairway up, and cosy space overlooking Tanjong Pagar. Was spoilt by choices between their gelato-based desserts and classic waffles & ice cream but eventually settled on the staffโ€™s recommendation of waffles.

Double scoop of ice cream was $9 +$1 for premium flavours. Generally enjoyed our two choices of creamy and smooth ice cream that were rich in flavour without being too sweet. Would recommend the roasted nutty ๐’๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐จ (4 โญ๏ธ) while those looking for a more unique option can consider the ๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐œ๐š๐ญ ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ค๐ž (3.5 โญ๏ธ). The refreshing sweet and floral profile brought back nostalgic vibes of eating Hichew grape candy, while we couldnโ€™t quite discern the sake.

Their ๐ฐ๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ (3 โญ๏ธ) were well-grilled to be highly crispy throughout and consequentially dry. We generally prefer fluffy, softer/ chewy cross sections thus werenโ€™t huge fans of this light, biscuit-like rendition. But worth trying for fans of airy waffles that stay crisp and donโ€™t soak up the melted ice cream.

๐Ÿ“@cotta.sg, 104A Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore

We enjoyed the creamy ice cream (from $4/scoop) although they were all on the slightly sweet side. Preferred the nutty hazelnut cookie dough with extra chocolate brownie bits over the sweeter caramel almond. We also tried the special mao Shang Wang ($6.20), which was (nicely) pungent but sweet. P.S their ice cream is halal certified.

Now available at Tribeca at the grandstand

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Despite the emergence of many new ice cream-waffle places, we still enjoy the good โ€˜oldโ€™ Salted Caramel. In general, their handcrafted ice cream tends towards the richer and creamier side, with distinct flavour profiles befitting of their description.

#happyburpday

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Went with two gourmet flavours (+$1 each) and was pleasantly impressed with their smooth texture, light yet complex flavour profile, and achievement of delightful tastes despite the use of unorthodox ingredients and exotic pairings.

๐’๐š๐ค๐ฎ๐ซ๐š ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐จ๐ค๐ž, ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ก๐จ๐ค๐ž, ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ญ๐ž - Creamy, slightly floral, and with a distinct smoky aftertaste from smoking using aged sakura wood. While we couldnโ€™t quite discern the role of the artichokes (sousvide for 18 hours), the mix in of sweet, tart, and slightly crunchy pear made for an impressive scoop that weโ€™d return for.

๐Š๐ฒ๐จ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ๐จ & ๐ฒ๐ฎ๐ณ๐ฎ ๐ฃ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ - Super refreshing with its use of Japanese inspired herb (Shiso) that gave a bright and minty fragrance. Loved the hint of citrus and soft bite texture that the yuzu jelly added.

Definitely keen on trying their other flavours (Do let me know your top recommends)! However, we probably wouldnโ€™t recommend the hole-in-the-wall store at Cavan Road (Jalan Besar) outlet if not for takeaway. Being indoors (only 1 tiny bench) felt like being baked in a microwave with their use of red LED that emit high heat, and being outdoors felt like a haze fest with consumption of fine dust particles with each scoop ๐Ÿ˜….

๐Ÿ“@gelatolabo. Outlets at 01-09 Cavan Road, 108 Faber Drive, 18 Mohammed Sultan Road

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Ice cream ($5.80-$8.80) โญ๏ธ 3-4/5 โญ๏ธ
Matcha houjicha latte ($6.80) โญ๏ธ 4.5/5 โญ๏ธ
๐ŸดOverall, we found their ice creams pretty โ€œgaoโ€ in flavour, creamy in texture, but on the sweeter side. Our favourites - in order - were first the matcha no. 3 that had an earthy intensity, although we have eaten matcha ice cream at similar intensity for less pricey. Second the goma with a distinct nuttiness, and third the hojicha. The genmaicha was on the sweeter end and while it had a subtle roasted pop brown rice aroma, would have appreciated a deeper tea flavour. The matcha cookies and cream was quite a let down - mostly sweet with no real distinct aromas. Would probably recommend getting their rich and flavourful drinks over the ice cream! My longstanding favourite being the iced matcha houjicha latte for best of both worlds ๐Ÿ˜‹.
๐Ÿ“@hvala_sg, 01-10, 111 Somerset (other outlets at Chijmes and Keong Saik)

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