By: Alexandra Lin
Alfero Artisan Gelato
For almost a decade now, Alfero Artisan Gelato has been rolling out handcrafted Italian gelato made with the best quality imported ingredients. The products are touted as 96% fat-free Italian gelato made with free-range milk and 100% natural premium ingredients like egg yolks, fresh fruits and nuts. The gelato texture is rich, dense, creamy and incredibly smooth. Italian founder Marco Alfero actively manages this business and perfects the art of Italian gelato making.
What's special are the natural and distinctive flavours of this guilt-free dessert. His list of flavours is quite comprehensive and there's something for every palate. Recommended local/Asian flavours include Gula Melaka, Thai Milk Tea and Vietnamese Coffee. For a National Day treat, consider the blushing pink and floral Bandung. If you like something fruity and light, go for the lemongrass or soursop sorbet.
Fatcat Ice Cream bar at 416 Bedok North Ave 2 is known for its super smooth house-made ice creams. You can enjoy them with the signature charcoal waffles drizzled with salted caramel sauce and dusted with dried lavender. Or try the original brown butter waffles.
Flavour-wise, there are innovative combos such as Hay & Honey, Butter Beer or Coconut & Avocado. The flavours available at the café are rotated frequently. You may get different ice creams including those with a fruity profile and spiked with alcohol like the Watermelon Soju. Sometimes you may get ice creams perfumed with oolong and pu er teas.
A well-loved ice cream brand, which opened nine years ago, continues to impress with their taste and texture. Besides their outlets at Toa Payoh Lorong 1, Gillman Barracks and Yong Siak Street, they also do deliveries now. The ultra smooth and creamy ice creams are handcrafted in small batches daily at their onsite kitchen.
Only the best quality ingredients are used. Best selling local flavours are Sea Salt Gula Melaka whose hint of saltiness balances the deep caramelised flavour perfectly, and a delicate Bue Pea Vanilla. Other Asian based flavours include the Charcoal Black Sesame and refreshing Mango Passionfruit sorbet.
Ice Cream Gallery (Bing Bing)
Founded in 2004, this indie ice cream company has outlets at Tanjong Katong Road, Eastwood Centre and HillV2. They make their own small batches of artisanal ice cream, frozen yoghurt and sorbet with fresh and quality ingredients. Eggs or trans-fat are excluded from their recipe. About four years ago, they decided to switch to organic unrefined sugar as well as reduce the sugar level in their ice cream.
The ice creams still have an intense, natural flavour with a rich creamy taste. Some of the crowd-pleasers include the milder Avocado Gula Melaka and rich and dense Mao Shan Wang. Other local favourites include Atas Kopi, Gula Melaka Red Bean, Sedap Bandung and Jagung gula Melaka.
Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise at 63 East Coast Road and Jewel Changi draw crowds with their gelato that’s freshly made in-house daily. The silky-smooth gelato is perfumed with natural botanicals such as fruits, flowers, herbs, spices, nuts and pods. As there are no additives and flavourings, the flavours are gentle yet still distinctive.
Some of their unique ones are Lemongrass Ginger, White Chrysanthemum and Masala Spice. They also have refreshing sorbets like Peach & Rose and Mango. Ask for the house-made thyme cone to complete the luscious experience.
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