”Apa ini Apiary?”
Apiary, pronounced as “eh-pee-er-ee”, is a place where beehives are kept, honey are contained, somewhere to satisfy your sweet cravings (literally) along Neil Road.
There is something comforting to see young entrepreneurs making their lifelong dream a reality in this saturated industry of new F&B openings.
Apiary did remind us of FatCat Ice Cream Bar when it first started out.
Both owners Travis and Brian were passionate in their crafts. The latter, having experience with 2 existing cafes in the west, namely, Archipelago Creamery and Pits & Pans – both at Jurong West.
The cosy hideout would probably attract the hipsters.
A Kinfolk-type interior with white walls, woody element and window ceilings with natural lighting for #OOTD shots.
The menu is kept simple at the moment, with Ice Cream ($3.80 for single/ $7.20 for double/ $10 for triple), Waffles ($4.50 for plain/ $5.50 for charcoal), Tarts ($6), Coffee and Tea.
Coffee was prepared using The Apiary Blend which consisted of Brazil Fazenda Rodomunho, Naturals and El Salvador with a nutty, chocolatey tone and hint of honey, which was in sync with the term “Apiary”.
Here, we saw interesting ice cream flavours such as Despicable – reminded us of “Minions” (Banana, Walnut and brownies), Hojicha (roasted matcha), Bergamot Sorbet (a citrus fruit) and White Peach Sorbet.
Premium flavours are priced at an additional $0.70 and cone at an additional $1.
We had the Charcoal Waffle ($5.50) with a scoop of Thai Milk Tea and Thai Green Tea ice cream.
Looks and sounds aroi mak mak?
Unfortunately, the two flavours were as sweet as their name – Apiary. The saving grace was their smooth and creamy texture.
The charcoal waffle was a tad dry and cakey, and would need some work to get it perfect.
The sesame flavour was worth a mention. Grainy texture with a rich and robust sesame taste was delightful.
On the other hand, the white peach sorbet was pleasing on the palate with its refreshing and memorable taste.
On its menu is Nutella topping with additional $1. While this should provide some photogenic Instagram moments, be aware of sugar overload.
While tasting from several ice cream shops across the island, we came to realise that customers nearer town and CBD would generally prefer desserts which are less sweet.
This is perhaps what Apiary can take note of as they are doing their fine-tuning.
84 Neil Road, Singapore 088844
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun-Thu), 12pm – 1am (Fri-Sat)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape. Visit his instagram for all things [NEW].