There is something different about a Taiwanese cafe that differentiates themselves from one in Singapore, which is the touch of arty-fartyness (文青) in them.
Located right opposite to NEX (exit F of Serangoon MRT station), along the stretch of shophouses, is an ice cream creamery opened by the Taiwanese.
Tall ceiling, open-concept kitchen with a homely decoration (red-bricked wall, paintings, kitchen shelves) and staffs who speak in fluent Mandarin with an affectionate touch, which is their distinct characteristic.
The cafe is very spacious, with only one long communal table and 4 other tables, uncommonly in space-constrain Singapore.
For the menu, ice cream is available in single ($4.20) and double ($7.50) scoops, with an additional $1 for premium flavours.
Top up $5.80 for waffles or $3.50 for a crepe (french pancake) with sweet toppings ($1 each) such as Nutella/ Homemande Jam/ Caramel crunchies or savoury options ($0.50 – $2.50) such as Tuna Mayo, Kurobuta Ham or Cherry Tomatoes.
Classic flavours are Cookies & Cream, Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Honey Lavender, Earl Grey, and Cookies & Cream; while premium ones are Matcha Honey, Vegan Blackforest, Hokkaido Milk, Hazelnut Chocolate, Fresh Strawberry Sorbet, Tahitian Vanilla, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Blackcurrant.
There are also alcoholic flavours including Whiskey Black Sesame, Rum & Raisins, and Craft Beer IPA.
The pink ice cream cones ($1.50) in the jar caught my attention, which cost me a total of $9 for this ice cream cone and 2 (small) scoops of ice cream.
Can be quite expensive though, as I can’t help but to compare them with Creamier, which is a similar concept store within the heartland.
At Creamier, their single scoop of ice cream is priced at $3.80 and $6.60 for double scoops, a few cents more expensive but significantly bigger in their portion.
I liked the ice cream here: very smooth, creamy, rich with a velvety texture and as soft as cotton(tail).
The flavours are distinct and not overpowering too.
The ice cream cone, on the other hand, was made-for-Instagram, and turned soggy really fast.
Brunch items include Cottontail Big Breakfast ($21.50), American Pancakes ($14.50 for sweet, $16.50 for savoury), US Striploin Roast Beef Open-face Sandwich ($17.50), Smashed Avocado Open-face Sandwich ($16.50), Double Cheese, Ham & Egg Toastie ($14.50), Pulled Pork Quesadilla ($17.50), and Peruvian Chicken Skewers ($16.50).
There’s potential in Cottontail Creamery becoming a favourite hangout place for students of different levels (Yangzheng Primary School, Zhonghua Secondary School, National Junior College) studying in that area.
Perhaps the portion could be increased to match the price, given that it is located in the heartland and also flavours uniquely Taiwan, such as Bubble Milk tea ice cream?
Blk 326 Serangoon Ave 3 #01-378, Singapore 550326
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tues – Thurs), 11am – 11pm (Fri), 9am – 11pm (Sat), 9am – 10pm (Sun), Closed Mon
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.