Butterknife Folk at River Valley Road has been slowly building its fanbase through its wacky, creative flavours.
And great to know that they have opened at the revamped Funan.
The café actually started selling cakes, but switched to gelato after it gained traction with customers.
If you find the name slightly peculiar, the owner felt that starting a café in a competitive market at this young age, was akin to fighting a battle with a butter knife.
”While other chefs have impressive tools and knives from their bags, I hope to show the world what we can do with our butter knife.”
The one unique thing is the gelato shop changes its flavours ALL THE TIME.
So if you really enjoy something, better get a tub back or come back the next day, or you may never get to try it again. It happened to me before (Thankfully, they reintroduced the Thai Milk Tea gelato a year later.)
This is one of those gelato shops I would head back once in a while, just to be surprised. And my recommendation is, be very open in trying out new things and not just stick to the tried-and-tested.
You never know.
Butterknife Folk at Funan will also feature a “no menu” concept.
Instead of a ﬁxed menu board selection of ﬂavours, customers will be greeted with a large 2.2m mirror hung above the gelato cabinet reﬂecting the 16 ﬂavours of the day.
The gelato is made in-house from scratch, with a strong emphasis placed on the selection of raw ingredients.
Everything is made only one pan at a time. When that flavour runs out, you will never know what comes next. So that is truly artisanal.
Scoops are priced at $5 single and $9 for double.
For Funan’s outlet, some of the opening flavours you can look forward to include Ondeh Ondeh, Goma, Citrus Bitters, Blueberry Lavender, Dulce & Banana, Jasmine Tea Amarena, Madagascan Vanilla, Roasted Pistachio, and Brown Butter Pecan.
I saw a couple of my favourites, including the rich and creamy Ondeh Ondeh, and Goma with the distinct and aromatic roasted black sesame taste.
Fans who remember their intriguing Chicken Rice flavour launched last National Day, will be happy to know it is making a comeback (after some persuasion from regulars who missed to have it).
Chicken Rice Gelato?
Yes, complete with rice bits, black sauce and chilli. Friends who had it told me it actually worked, and one of those gelato flavours that “rocked their socks”.
Funan #02-02, 107 North Bridge Road Singapore 179105
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)