Ice Cream Waffles

Ice Cream Waffles

Featuring Hvala (CHIJMES), Butterknife Folk (Funan), Smöoy (PLQ Mall), gelatolabo (Jalan Besar), Salted Caramel (Lorong Kilat), Azabu Sabo
Cafehoppingkids .
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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.

𝐒𝐚𝐤𝐮𝐫𝐚 𝐬𝐦𝐨𝐤𝐞, 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐤𝐞, 𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐭𝐞 - Creamy, slightly floral, and with a distinct smoky aftertaste from smoking using aged sakura wood. While we couldn’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 we’d return for.

𝐊𝐲𝐨𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐨 & 𝐲𝐮𝐳𝐮 𝐣𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐲 - 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 wouldn’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 😅.

📍@gelatolabo. Outlets at 01-09 Cavan Road, 108 Faber Drive, 18 Mohammed Sultan Road

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Ice cream ($5.80-$8.80) ⭐️ 3-4/5 ⭐️
Matcha houjicha latte ($6.80) ⭐️ 4.5/5 ⭐️
🍴Overall, we found their ice creams pretty “gao” 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 😋.
📍@hvala_sg, 01-10, 111 Somerset (other outlets at Chijmes and Keong Saik)

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Double scoop ($7.60)
⭐️ 4.5/5 ⭐️
🍴Yes, I’m slow to the game but #saltedcaramelsg might be among my favourite ice cream spots. They offer a whole range and we went with unique offerings of lemon cheesecake and kaya toast. To our amazement, they tasted highly similar to their description with the former having a nice sour balance from the lemon and creaminess of a cheesecake. The latter reminded us of yakun kaya toast with its pandan gula fragrance and even had a bit of a toast-like crumby sort of texture which made the flavour more believable. We are already planning to return to try their delicious ice cream of a whole range of flavours!
📍@saltedcaramel.sg, 01-08, 17 Lorong Kilat, Singapore (other outlet at 246F Upper Thompson Road)

Classic Froyo ($5.50)
⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️
🍴Highly affordable with 1-1 on both @entertainersg and @burpple, this was an enjoyable froyo. The natural yogurt had a sour tang that we enjoy in natural yogurt, and was less sweet than the likes of yole and llao llao. They also offer a rotational special flavour and we went with a mixed option to try the biscuit flavour but was confused as to what it was meant to be as besides the light brown colour, it tasted 99% similar to the natural one. The classic option came with two toppings and we went with one sauce each. Loved the thick and rich matcha sauce (paired up with my favourite @matchayasg) that had its classic bitter flavour. The hazelnut crunch reminded us of ferrero roche although was on the sweeter and richer side. While we liked the granola, we wished it had been more oats and less of the accompanying chocolate bits.
📍@smooy.sg, B2-K1, @payalebarquarter PLQ, Singapore (other outlets at Jem, OUE, NYP, NTU

Mini Trio ($5)
⭐️ 4.5/5 ⭐️
🍴With COVID making samples not possible, loved this idea of three mini cones that allowed us to try more of their unique flavours. Was sad that I missed the previous NDP local inspired flavours based on hawker fares so I’m glad to have caught their Halloween specials. Slime was mascarpone with lime curd and best described as a leveled up solero (which is one of my fav childhood ice cream 😂), with the sour and refreshing lime curd balancing well with the creamy but not overpowering cheese. Pumpkin spice comprised pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pie crust, and we loved the mix of spices with the sweet pumpkin. Also tried their classic Sea Salt Gula Melaka that was also delicious with its balance of saltiness and sweetness. Really enjoyed all 3 flavours and are excited to return to try more!
📍#02-02 FunanSG, 107 North Bridge Road, Singapore

Melon Bread Ice Cream ($5.80)
⭐️ 4/5 ⭐️
🍴As part of their new opening at Takashimaya, #azabusabo (previously only at Clarke Quay) has teamed up with @donq_depuis1905. We highly enjoyed this special combination of melon bread and Japanese ice cream. It’s best described as a giant ice cream choux given the crispy top of the melon puff and fluffy interior, and filling of cold and creamy ice cream. We stuck with classic Japanese flavours of super uji matcha and sesame, and loved this balanced mix of strong bitter matcha and nutty sesame (did wish this was slightly less sweet). However, we did find the bottom of the melon bread a bit dry and could see how this would be a lot more enjoyable had the bread been pre-toasted/ warmed up. The combination can also get a bit sweet and rich so would recommend the bitter matcha that helps to balance it out & sharing it with someone else. For quite a big melon bread & 2 scoops of ice cream, we found it to be quite worth trying at the $5.80 price ☺️.
⚠️ There’s no indications of how long this opening promo and collab would last but maybe if enough people eat and enjoy it, they might consider making it a staple? 😉
📍@azabu.sabo, B2-07, Takashimaya Food Market, Singapore

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