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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

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

Max Brenner

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A bald man and his love for chocolate – put that together and you get Max Brenner!

Chocolate Chunks Pizza

Chocolate Chunks Pizza

Chocolate Chunks Pizza (Half: $11.50) – Max’s double chocolate melting chunks with crunchy hazelnut bits, bananas, peanut butter and roasted marshmallows. The so-called pizza base wasn’t exactly similar to the typical Italian pizza crust. It was more bread like, more doughy and thicker, minus the charred outer crust. The combination of the chocolate and peanut butter made the pizza more gooey and sticky. The roasted marshmallows were akin to those barbequed ones, with a harder and crispier crust and a soft, gooey, sticky interior. The crunchy hazelnut bits were fragrant and complemented the overall gooey-ness with additional crunchiness. On the whole, the pizza was very chocolately, but still displaying an adequate balance of texture and taste.

Italian Thick Hot Chocolate

Italian Thick Hot Dark Chocolate

Italian Thick Hot Dark Chocolate ($7.50) – Thick hot dark chocolate with vanilla cream. We formally declare Max Brenner’s Italian Thick Hot Dark Chocolate as our favourite hot chocolate in Singapore! Previously, we tried Ricciotti’s Italian hot chocolate and thoroughly enjoyed it. And for that moment, we thought that Ricciotti’s was the best and we couldn’t find anything better. Max Brenner has proven us wrong! Max’s Italian Thick Hot Dark Chocolate was very thick and rich. You could almost see it as the molten centre of a chocolate molten lava cake. Slurping it down, we simply enjoyed the overwhelming viscous chocolate. There were 3 kinds of hot chocolate – dark, milk or white. The dark chocolate was already rather sweet, hence to fully appreciate the quality chocolate and not get sick, we recommend going for the dark version. Pure chocolate joy!

Max Brenner
#01-116, Vivo City
1 Harbourfront Walk

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August 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

Cold Stone Creamery

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Peanut Butter Cup Perfection

Peanut Butter Cup Perfection

Peanut Butter Cup Perfection – Chocolate ice cream, peanut butter, Reese’s peanut butter cups and fudge. The addition of peanut butter increased the stickiness of the chocolate ice cream, while providing a lingering background saltiness. The chunks of Reese’s served as little pockets of surprises as we bit into the chocolate-peanut butter balls. A chilling delight for peanut butter lovers!

Cold Stone Creamery
#01-10, Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road

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August 9, 2012 at 10:17 am

Strictly Pancakes

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The first dedicated pancake cafe in Singapore, Strictly Pancakes, is located along Prinsep Street.

Garlic Buttered Prawns

Garlic Buttered Prawns

Garlic Buttered Prawns ($14) – Medium stack served with prawns buttered generously with garlic and cherry tomato salad on the side for an aromatic, mouth-watering treat. We particularly enjoyed the rich creamy garlic butter sauce. It was packed with every goodness of minced garlic, with a tinge of herb fragrance. The prawns were bouncy, firm and crunchy. In fact, the prawns were a tad too crunchy, which made us wonder if they had been artificially pre-processed. The pancakes, being the star of this cafe, was no disappointment. They were light, soft and fluffy, making excellent complements to the rich flavourful garlic butter sauce. The only down side was the inadequate amount of sauce, which was only drizzled above the exposed pancakes. The parts of the pancakes which were hidden beneath were sadly lacking in the garlic sauce.

What A Spread!

What A Spread!

What A Spread! ($11) – No other spread measures up to the medium stack of peanut butter pancakes layered with Nutella served complete with Kinder Bueno and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. We were less impressed with the sweet pancakes. The peanut butter pancakes were mild in flavour and we could barely taste any peanut butter. The layer of nutella spread between the pancakes was also minimally thin. It seems that the Kinder Bueno sticks were the only component which was sweet and rich enough, in contrast to the bland pancakes. Compared to the savoury pancakes, the sweet version was rather disappointing.

Though Strictly Pancake spans over 2 floors with an alfresco dining area, the entire place was rather small. Each table was only 2 inches away from the next, which resulted in a not too private and rather cramped dining experience. Not the best place to relax and chill after a day’s work, but more of a eat and go cafe.

Strictly Pancakes
44A Prinsep Street.

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April 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Ben & Jerry’s

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everything but the...

everything but the...

everything but the...

everything but the...

Ben & Jerry’s latest flavour everything but the … has hit the stores! A collision of chocolate and vanilla ice creams mixed with peanut butter cups, heath bar chunks, white chocolatey chunks and fudge covered almonds. We felt that Ben & Jerry’s chocolate flavoured ice cream had sadly deteriorated. It reeked of mediocrity and substandard flavours and quality. Compared to ice cream places like Udders, B&J’s chocolate flavoured ice cream paled in comparison. What delighted us instead was the toppings inside the ice cream. The strong savoury peanut butter taste from the peanut butter cups, the crispy and sweet toffee heath bars, the crunchy and fragrant almonds – all these toppings were the saving grace of the tub of ice cream. And as we conclude, everything but the ice cream is good!

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March 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Cold Stone Creamery (Bangkok)

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Having tried Cold Stone Creamery in Singapore, how will its counterpart in Bangkok fair?

Mud Pie Mojo

Mud Pie Mojo

Mud Pie Mojo (Baht 138/S$5.50) – A combination of coffee ice cream, oreo cookie, peanut butter, roasted almonds and fudge. The standard of Cold Stone in Bangkok did not disappoint. The sticky ice cream tasted of cappucino and was a nice blend with peanut butter. We didnt expect peanut butter to go well with coffee, but the entire mixture of saltiness from the peanut butter, sweetness of the fudge and the coffee after-taste marvelled us. The crunchiness of the oreo and almonds added much texture.

Cold Stone Creamery
Central World, Bangkok

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September 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm