While I was walking towards River South (Hoe Nam) Prawn Noodle (Lao Zhong Zhong Eating House is also just opposite), I spotted a gelato café a few shops away.
Gelato cafes seem to be making a small comeback, with many new café concepts opening up in the heartlands such as One Stone Three Birds at Clementi, Wishes Café at Macpherson, Denzy at Bishan and OCD Café at Ang Mo Kio.
Started by 3 fresh graduates from SMU and with an Italy-trained chef handcrafting fresh gelato flavours daily, I think Sweet Cheeks Gelato does have some differentiating factors.
If you need coffee, there is a selection of the usual such as Latte ($5), Cappuccino ($5), Mocha ($6) as well as Cold Brews.
Sweet Cheeks Gelato offers a number of classic favourites such as Hazelnut with Nutella Swirl and Honeycomb, Sweet Cheeks, and also stocks less conventional options like Cinnamon Brown Bread, Coconut Mango Sorbet, Ricotta with Pistachio as well as Honey Chrysanthemum with Cacao Nibs.
Well, Chrysanthemum with Cacao Nibs may just remind you of … Birds Of Paradise?
The standard flavours such as Honeycomb, Cereal Milk and Banana Hot Fudge goes for $3.70 per scoop; while premium flavours of Coconut Mango, Cinnamon Brown Bread, Fleur De Cao Dark Chocolate, and Lemon Curd with Speculoos are sold at $4.70 per scoop.
For people who love some added textures and crunch in your ice cream (well Ben & Jerry’s style), then you could enjoy ingredients such as honeycomb biscuits, fresh coconut milk, house-made toasted brown bread, and roasted pistachio bits added within varied flavours.
To be honest, waffles seem to be trending a few years back but not quite so anymore, and I am kind of ‘waffle-jadded’ after having a number of so-so ones.
So Sweet Cheeks Gelato’s Waffle ($5.80) was surprisingly delicious and fairly different. There was a pleasant sweet crisp exterior (crispier than usual), and the inside was quite fluffy.
My only qualm was that with a honey drizzle base and ice cream on the sweeter side, the overall combination could work better with some reduction on sugar levels.
The ice cream I had which was the Honey Chrysanthemum with Cacao Nibs was creamy and sticky, rich in flavours compared to the other known brand. Not too bad at all.
Sweet Cheeks Gelato
37 Tai Thong Crescent Singapore 347862 (Potong Pasir MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Sun – Thurs), 12pm – 1am (Fri – Sat)