My Italian food tour guide previously told me how to spot good gelato even before eating them, ”They shouldn’t be piled up like mountains. Best if they are covered by lids in round metal containers.”
These were just some of the indications, as fresh Italian gelato is supposed to be soft and fluid, and cannot stay like ‘hills’ naturally. Another way you can look out for is that colours should be artificially bright and vibrant.
aROMA Gelato Experience which has opened at 29 Arab Street (nearer Beach Road side) appeared to be reasonably authentic. There are stores in Jakarta, and friends have previously raved over it.
It has also just opened another branch at Plaza Singapura basement 1. That’s fast.
It is a gelato parlour specializing in freshly handmade gelato and coffee to go.
Unfortunately, there are no seats within the air-conditioned space inside. There are 3 small round tables set outside, but in the staggering hot weather here, what you buy is likely to melt fast.
There are 4 different cup options – baby ($3.90), small ($5.90), medium ($7.90) and large ($10.90), with an additional 50 cents for premium flavours per scoop, and cone.
The baby size feels expensive, and I would recommend the small piccolo size in which you can include 2 flavours.
Offerings include Vanilla Madagascar, Peppermint with Chocolate, Chocolate, Pistachio Bronte, Coconut, Rum and Raisin, Chocolate with Hazelnuts, Hazelnut Piemonte, and sorbet flavours of Mango Alphonso and Strawberry with Mint.
These change regularly though as aROMA make them fresh in small batches.
Ordered a Chocolate with Pistachio (safe choices), and I couldn’t help noticing how sticky the textures were, as the server took some effort in get them right into the cup and cone.
Taste wise, it certainly left an impression.
Flavours intense enough… the chocolate was very ‘chocolate’, and what I really enjoyed was the milky, almost luxe mouthfeel with soft silky consistency.
Usually I would eat from a cup when I feel it would be less of a mess, but the specially ordered crisp cone was worth the order.
It may sound cool walking down Arab Street or Haji Lane with a gelato in hand. But to best experience this Italian style gelato, have it in store before it melts away too fast.
aROMA Gelato Experience
29 Arab Street Singapore 199728 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 9:00pm (Tues – Fri), 10:00am – 9:00pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
Plaza Singapura 68 Orchard Road B1-32, Singapore 238839