During a trip to Italy, the tour guide told us ”Don’t trust shops with gelato piled up like mountains, but those kept within metallic containers”.
He also told us to look out for the colours of the gelato – it should look natural and pale, not brightly coloured ones like they belong to a fantasy world.
Why I am saying this?
Not many gelato shops in Singapore keep their stuff in those round metallic Pozzetti tubs with a flat lid, and I happened to find those in Dopa Dopa.
Dopa Dopa Creamery located at South Bridge Road has been earning generally positive reviews with its gelato churned from scratch, included with natural ingredients such as nuts, fruits and tea leaves.
The small café has limited seating and only serves up 8 different flavours at any one time.
These include home roasted Pistachio, Hazelnut, Ferrero, Green Tea Toasted Rice, Hojicha, Speculoos with Lotus Biscuit, Watermelon Mint and Apple Ginger sorbet.
A single scoop goes for $3.90, while you can also opt for a double or triple ($7.50, $11).
What worked for me was its consistency. You could tell as the server pulled (or scraped) the contents out from the tub – the gelato was creamy, slightly sticky. The colours also looked right, close to the ingredients used to make them.
The flavours were slightly more ‘intense’ than the usual ice cream. For example, there would be that slight roasted tea aroma as you savour your Hojicha gelato.
The only thing I found that could be worked upon was its sweetness, perhaps it could be a tad lower (like 10%) because it ‘covered’ the natural flavours of the nutty variants.
I checked around with three other friends who went on separate occasions – two agreed with me; one said the sweetness was already lower than most other shops (I also tend to find ice cream here, meaning Singapore, generally on the sweeter side.)
Dopa Dopa Creamery
29 South Bridge Rd, #01-01, Singapore 058665
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 10:30pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Sun