You would be forgiven if you have thought Birds Of Paradise Gelato Boutique is at Jurong Bird Park. No.
The gelato shop is located at 63 East Coast Road, right next to the iconic Katong “Red House Bakery”.
Birds of Paradise is so named because the shop creates gelato inspired by the botanical flavours of nature. That means fruits, flowers, pods, herbs, and spices.
Flavours include Basil, Lychee Raspberry, Spiced Pear, Mint Cacao, Strawberry Basil, Pandan and White Chrysanthemum. Prices go at $4.70 for a single, $7.70 for double, and $16.00 for pint.
Unlike some gelato shops where colours of ice cream are almost-too-artificially vibrant, you would be greeted by pastel-coloured spectrum of flavours (with the exception of Mango Sorbet).
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape))
The owner was inspired to make ice cream since more than a decade ago, experimenting with all types of flavours, till he wanted to settle for something more natural, unique and healthy at the same time.
The group of us became fans of varied flavours, from the creamy tarty-sweet Mango, floral flavoured White Chrysanthemum with bits of cacao nibs, and delicate Lychee Raspberry.
The Strawberry Basil was my favourite, one of those flavours that came across as understated sweetly mellow.
The accompanying Thyme Cone (additional $1) which was made fresh on-the-spot, was absolutely the best thing.
Being less tolerant to overly-sweet desserts of late, I liked that the gelato here leaned to the less-sweet, didn’t have that artificial twang.
The only flipside was, you wished some of the flavours were more pronounced, for example the Pandan. (But technically much harder to achieve without adding essence.)
Oh, I didn’t know the Michelin Guide Singapore actually recommended this ice cream café as a “Michelin Plate”.
Birds Of Paradise Gelato Boutique
63 East Coast Road #01-05 (Opposite Katong I12 and Roxy Square) Singapore 428776
Tel: +65 9678 6092
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues –Sun), Closed Mon