Last month or so, we have been going on an ice-cream frenzy. When we first came to Singapore… Haagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s ranked high on our ice-cream hunts list. The only reason being, we did not have these ice-cream parlours back home then. (Last year I saw the first HD parlour opening up in Mumbai). Last few months, after having tried pretty much all the combinations and flavours in these places we finally turned to some others…
Over the next few wills, I will intermittently share few of my favourite ice-cream picks, that I feel are the best ice creams I have tasted in Singapore. Ranging from interesting choice of flavours to interesting ways of making the ice-cream, the choices will have it all. First in the series:
MERELY ICE CREAM
Located in the Sunshine Plazalav opposite the NAFA campus on Bencoolen Street, there is nothing ‘merely’ about the delicious ice-cream. What attracted us to the ice-cream was of-course the interesting flavours we saw on display, and the affordability of the ice cream too! We came across this place during one of our post-dinner walks and what a find it was.
The French-style made ice-cream, use egg as an emulsifier. They proudly disclose all the ingredients that actually go in making the ice-cream. “Our customers have the right to know what they put into their mouths and more importantly, we are proud of the fact that our products are crafted using natural ingredients and free from artificial flavouring.” Their website claims. What’s interesting about their ice-creams is the fact that you can actually taste the natural flavours and the freshness of the ice-cream. The consistency of the ice-cream too is quite thick, and not really ice-flaky, if you know what I mean. What’s more, they make the ice-creams right there in the shop… you can hear the process of blending at times behind those “not-so-closed” doors.
Some off-beat Flavours that intrigued me:
Zesty Lemon: A ice-cream that tastes quite sour… reminded me of the ice cones back home!
Gula Pandan: Coconut milk, palm sugar and pandan cake pieces… delectable
Coconut: Tender coconut, coconut milk and coconut juice… need I say more?
Salted Butterscotch: Ice-cream with sea salt, balsamic vinegar and beurre noisette (or brown butter) hmmm….
Green Tea: For those obsessed with green tea, this ice-cream is a yummy replica of the green tea!
Pineapple tart: Pineapple tart blended beautiful with the ice-cream, makes for a refreshing taste!
Oreo Milk: Oreo milk, Oreo bits and Cheesecake bits too… this is a heavy ice-cream to pick!
Rum and Raisins: Jamaican rum-soaked raisin are blended into a paste and added to the ice-cream. A few full rum-soaked raisins are then thrown in to give the ice-cream a chunky taste!
Ambiance: They have a chilled out ambiance with a very arty influence. My hunch is that is thanks to the NAFA campus located just opposite. Their walls have some amazing cartoons, the tables are scattered with cartoons drawn on tissue papers… it’s a typical campus atmosphere during the day time!
How much does it cost: One scoop of ice-cream costs around S$ 3 and a triple scoop costs around S$ 8.
Verdict: Try it for the freshness and the taste of the flavours. It’s a good deal at an affordable price!
Timings: 12 pm to 11 pm
Address: Sunshine Plaza, Bencoolen Street
P.S: Not all flavours are available everyday, for the latest on the flavours available, and one’s that may run out, visit their facebook page. FYI vegetarians, like most ice-creams, this too contains eggs.
*Some pics courtesy Merely Ice Cream FB Page