Closed? Nevermind. The franchisees did not let the initial closure set them down, and in turn channelled their experiences and skills of gelato-making in The Hideout cafe.
The Hideout at Cassia Crescent, distance away from Maple & Market, specializes in artisan Italian gelato made fresh in store. It also features freshly brewed coffee, pastries and foods made personally by them. No cookie-cutter items from other suppliers. Full of heart.
The menu consists of moderately priced comfort food influenced by Italian and Western cooking, such as pizzas and pastas priced from $9.90 to $12.90.
The pizzas are not the usual round shaped, but rectangular ones, crispy thin and lightly-flavoured that made it an easy-going café food which would not leave one filling full.
A single scoop of gelato was at $4, waffle with single scoop gelato $8.90, double scoop $11.90, and an additional $1 for premium selections. Insisting on freshness, the buttermilk waffles, old-fashioned butterscotch, and salted caramel fudge are all made from scratch.
The Hideout’s best-selling flavours are Dark Chocolate Sorbet, Blueberry cheesecake, Mao Shan Wang and Roasted Almond with Pistachio. You may also like the Gula Melaka with Attap Seed and Sicilian Pistachio with stock air flown from Sicily.
In an unforeseen twist, I ordered both the Dark Chocolate and Mao Shan Wang Durian in a single cup, mixed them up, and the combination turned out to be quite… spectacularly rich and actually intermingled well together!
While Singapore is perpetuated with ice cream of that certain creamy type, The Hideout’s classic gelato texture with local flavours is appealing. Dense, smooth and velvety.
On the flipside, I wished they could go with at least 20% less sugar. Perhaps it was due to my increasing intolerance with sweet ice cream.
Their buttermilk waffles would please those who prefer a crisp outer layer, with a darker finish, better than some popular cafes with never-ending weekend queues.
The Hideout offers silky gelato with a twist, comfort food, and better waffles than many others, but perhaps suffers from the state of too many new cafes around.
Location is quite hidden, making it too much of a, well, hideout.
Blk 32 Cassia Crescent #01-50 Singapore 390032 (Mountbatten MRT, 5 min walk from Exit A)
Tel: +65 64400971
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm Daily. Closed Tues