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320° Below Nitro Cream Cafe

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In most ice cream shops, we get to see an array of ice cream flavours at the display counter. We can even request to taste some of the flavours. So based on sight and taste, customers get to choose which flavour they would like to purchase. But at 320° Below Nitro Cream Cafe, there isn’t such a privilege as the ice cream is made on the spot! And that happens within 10 minutes. Freshly made ice cream right in front of eyes. Magic? Nope – just the wonders of liquid nitrogen!

Well, there aren’t any physical samples for us to choose our flavours from, customers just have to choose their flavours from a large blackboard.

Regular flavours ($4.80): banana, black currant, lemon, lime, lychee, pineapple, pink grapefruit, raspberry, summer fruit, strawberry, apple cinnamon, coffee, earl grey, ginger honey, green tea, horlicks, peanut butter, salted caramel, sweet potato, toffee vanilla, milk chocolate.

Premium flavours ($5.20): black sesame, chendol, dark chocolate, thai coconut, passion fruit.

Special flavours ($5.60): christmas horlicks, new york cheese, tim tam toh.

Supreme flavours ($6.00): black forest, tiramisu, baileys coffee, baileys chocolate, kahlua coffee, lychee martini, rum and raisins.

Once the flavour has been decided, the staff would concoct a liquid mixture and into the food mixer it goes.

320° Below Nitro Cream Cafe

320° Below Nitro Cream Cafe

320° Below Nitro Cream Cafe

320° Below Nitro Cream Cafe

Here comes the secret magical ingredient – liquid nitrogen! Since liquid nitrogen boils at negative 196°C, the liquid mixture immediately freezes into ice cream upon contact with the super cold nitrogen. And of course, the liquid nitrogen vapourizes into the surrounding air, leaving behind the freshly made ice cream.

Tim Tam Toh

Tim Tam Toh

We tried one of the special flavours – tim tam toh, which is essentially a vanilla based ice cream with crumbled chunks of the popular tim tam snack. We couldn’t really differentiate this liquid nitrogen made ice cream from the typical ice cream. It was a decent ice cream, but nothing too fantastic.

We took a step further and decided to customize our ice cream this time. We chose 2 flavours – peanut butter and new york cheesecake, and the staff gladly concocted this mixture for us. The ice cream turned out to be more pleasing that the 1st. At 1st bite, we immediately detected the strong saltiness of the peanut butter and as the ice cream slowly melted in out mouths, the characteristic sourness of the cheesecake emerged.

Interesting concept and a great way to see ice cream made right in front of our eyes.

320° Below Nitro Cream Cafe
#01-01, 33 Mackenzie Road

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November 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Pat and Stick’s Homemade Ice Cream Co.

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Pat and Stick’s Homemade Ice Cream Co’s first retail store has opened, right here in Singapore.

Double Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich

Double Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich

Double Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich

Double Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich

At $7.90 each, Pat and Stick’s ice cream sandwich is slightly on the steep side. And indeed, we did feel that it wasn’t worth $7.90. The cookies were decent – crunchy, evident chocolate flavour. The ice cream was decent too – rich and and fudgy. However, putting a slab of ice cream in between 2 cookies just wasn’t worth $7.90. Coupled with the fact that the cookies and ice cream were just average standard, this concept could easily be replicated at home. Well, it is a great and convenient way to enjoy both ice cream and cookies, but the price has got to be something more reasonable.

Pat and Stick’s Homemade Ice Cream Co.
B208-04 Food Hall
Takashimaya Singapore
391 Orchard Road

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November 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm

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Nine-thirty by Awfully Chocolate

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The now-defunct Loola’s at Esplanade Mall has revamped and transformed into the current Nine-thirty, also by the folks from Awfully Chocolate. On top of the usual sweet offerings from Awfully Chocolate, Nine-thirty offers the usual western fare, including pastas, salads and some small bites.

Tandoori Chicken Salad

Tandoori Chicken Salad

There wasn’t sufficient dressing in the Tandoori Chicken Salad ($12) to tie the entire salad together. The salad was pretty boring and uninteresting. The slices of tandoori chicken tasted purely like grilled chicken, with no tinge of tandoori flavours.

Pink Salmon

Pink Salmon

The pink sauce in the Pink Salmon ($18) was rather imbalanced as the sour, acidic tanginess of the tomatoes greatly overpowered any creamy milkiness. This resulted in the pink sauce tasting like any red tomato based sauce. There wasn’t any depth in this sauce, as all we could taste is the sour acidity from the tomatoes. The salmon was lightly seared, very lightly as there was hardly any charred crust or caramelization on the surface. When we cut apart the salmon, the centre of the salmon was only half cooked, resulting in a pink, rubbery texture – almost like salmon sashimi. Typically, for fresh salmon sashimi, upon contact with our body heat, will melt and soften in our mouth cavities. In this case, the centre of this seared salmon wasn’t that delicate, yet wasn’t tender and flaky like a fully-cooked salmon. This was just a very awkward, neither here nor there, piece of salmon fillet. In our opinion, we will never try this again.

(clockwise from top left) White Chocolate Butterscotch Block, Hei Ice Cream and Hazelnut Crumble

(clockwise from top left) White Chocolate Butterscotch Block, Hei Ice Cream and Hazelnut Crumble

At the end of the day, the best offerings that Nine-thirty can offer remains to be the signature desserts from Awfully Chocolate. Our favourite dessert of the night was the Hazelnut Crumble ($7), with its thick rich hazelnut chocolate layer and the crunchy bittersweet dark chocolate cookie base. The crumble combined the sticky and dense hazelnut fudge together with the crumbly and crunchy cookie base, great combination. We didn’t enjoy the White Chocolate Butterscotch Block ($7.50 per 100g) as the white chocolate coating the entire cake was a bit too creamy and had gotten slightly too cloyingly sweet. We did enjoy the salted butterscotch drizzle. It was thick, gooey and sticky, with a balance between saltiness and sweetness. And finally, Awfully Chocolate’s signature Hei ice cream – the rich, dark chocolate ice cream was very strong in flavours, dense in texture and simply finger licking good.

Nine-thirty by Awfully Chocolate
#02-14, Esplanade Mall
8 Raffles Avenue

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September 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Little Ice Cream Kafe

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TGIF! Every Friday, LICK offers a $15 eat-all-you-can ice cream buffet from 6 to 8pm!

Ice Cream Buffet

Ice Cream Buffet

As we went for the buffet, we had the opportunity to try most of the flavours. And sadly, most of the flavours weren’t to our liking, with only about 3 flavours garnering our 2nd try. Highlighting some of our favourite flavours:

Chocolate Brandy – Thick and rich in Brandy, this ice cream was the highlight of the night with its strong outstanding flavours.

Mao Shan Wang Durian – Mao Shan Wang was another ice cream which didn’t stinge on the characteristic pungent taste of durian.

Peanut Buttercup – Though still losing out to Udder’s Peanut Butter version, LICK’s version was still rich and fragrant in peanut butter. One downside was the slightly soggy peanuts which were soft and missing the crunch.

Little Ice Cream Kafe
258 Tanjong Katong Road

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July 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Seventh Heaven

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Seventh Heaven

Seventh Heaven

Black Forest, Chocolate and Jack, Darker than Fudge, 100% Chocolate, Peanut Butter Brickle, Rum and Raisins

Black Forest, Chocolate and Jack, Darker than Fudge, 100% Chocolate, Peanut Butter Brickle, Rum and Raisins

From its original sole  location at Raeburn Park, Seventh Heaven has shifted locations numerous times – from Takashimaya to 112 Katong and finally to its present location at Orchard Central.

Our top favorites included:

Chocolate and Jack – With an overpowering taste of whiskey, Chocolate and Jack is definitely not for the faint hearted. In fact, the alcoholic level was getting to us after about 2 scoops. Taste aside, the texture was also sticky and thick, an absolute delight.

Double Sesame – The flavour and fragrance of the black sesame stood out evidently in this ice cream. Almost like the western version of the popular black sesame paste.

Peanut Butter Brickle – Although not as rich as the version at Udders, the Peanut Butter Brickle was still a worthy competitor. The saltiness and the nutty fragrance would be every peanut lover’s delight.

Darker than Fudge – For the true die heart chocolate fans, skip the 100% chocolate ice cream and go straight for the much darker, denser, richer, stickier Darker than Fudge.

Malty Oreos – And for those who enjoy milky oat, together with the oreo crunch, the Malty Oreos is the right choice.

Other worth to try flavours:

Truffle Mint – A representation of the classic “After Eight” delight. The Truffle Mint incorporates the slight tinge of mint into the rich and decadent chocolate ice cream.

Black Forest – Compared to the Rum and Raisins, the Black Forest has a much stronger alcoholic presence. Would be a more decent choice compared to Rum and Raisins. The other remaining alcoholic flavour was the Lychee Martini – which tasted more like lychee sorbet, sorely lacking the taste of martini.

Green Tea – The green tea ice cream was slightly bitter but it surely packed the characteristics flavours of green tea. Together with chunky red beans embedded within, this ice cream flavour would be pleasing to green tea lovers.

Seventh Heaven
#02-31, Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road

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June 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Hoshino Coffee 星乃珈琲店

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Hoshino Coffee

Hoshino Coffee

Hoshino Coffee has opened at the new extension of Plaza Singapura for quite some time, but the long queue has also been a huge deterrence factor. And finally, when we had a chance to try Hoshino Coffee, to our utmost horror and disappointment, we realized that the signature “Fuwa-Fuwa” Hoshino Souffle contained beef!! And to make things worse, the “Hoshino” Pot Baked Curry Rice and the Omu Rice also contained beef! Such a bummer for the non-beef eaters! Furthermore, there was no mention/indication on the menu or order slip that these items contained beef. It was only after when we wanted to make our orders, did the waitress inform us! And that left us scrambling to decide on the alternatives.

BIG minus points for Hoshino Coffee. 5 of their top savoury main courses contained beef, leaving us with the pasta choices – which were not all that appealing.

BAD impression for non-beef eaters. If the menu had some sort of explicit indication that those food items contained beef, we wouldn’t even waste the time queuing.

Matcha Souffle

Matcha Souffle

Not much of a choice we had. But to try their desserts. The Matcha Souffle ($9.80) with Match Softee (+$1) took slightly more than 20 minutes to arrive. Well, the souffle was decent, though the centre seemed slightly underwhelming in terms of volume. The centre of the souffle was a moist, gooey, matcha-rich mess. The outer parts of the souffle were drier and fluffier. The Matcha taste was evident – which was the most basic requirements. Perhaps for $9.80, the price was a little steep as the sheer volume of the souffle wasn’t that much. The Matcha Softee was a good compliment to the warm souffle; it was cold, creamy and rich.

Hoshino Coffee
#03-84, Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road

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May 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Island Creamery

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Nutty Buddy

Nutty Buddy

The Nutty Buddy was a match made in heaven concoction of ice cream, nuts, fudge and butterscotch. A slab of cookies and cream ice cream, generously sprinkled with chopped nuts and drizzled with thick chocolate fudge and butterscotch sauce. It was a marriage of textures – the crunchy nuts, sticky and thick sauces, soft cookies fused together in the melting ice cream.

Island Creamery
#01-03, Serene Centre
10 Jalan Serene

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April 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm