Bloom Artisan Cafe is the newest gelato shop opened in Yishun within the housing estates.
There are quite a number of new ice cream or gelato cafes opening up in the heartlands of late, such as Sweet Cheeks Gelato (Tai Thong), SugarTree Gelato (Hougang), Wishes Café (Macpherson), One Stone Three Birds (Clementi), and OCD Café (Ang Mo Kio).
However, note that the seating area here at Bloom Artisan is quite limited (especially so after social distancing), approximately 10 pax at its maximum capacity.
Their menu features 12 gelato flavours (Single scoop $3.50/ Double Scoops $6/ Premium +$0.70) at any one time.
Flavours range from the more basic Chocolate Mousse and Cool Choco Chip Mint, to interesting ones such as Wheatmilk, Whiskey Crancherry, Apple & Mint Sherbet and Hojicha & Red Bean.
Available in Cups, Cones (+$0.70) and Brown Butter Sourdough Waffle ($4), the gelato are also available for takeaways in 2 sizes: 16oz ($12) and 26oz ($18).
I decided to go with a single scoop of Whiskey Crancherry (Single Premium $4.20) in a Waffle Cone ($0.70) as recommended by the staff. (Also note that ice cream tasting is not allowed for hygiene purposes.)
True enough, the alcoholic smell and taste were strong and distinctive, with tiny bits of cran-cherry (cranberry and cherry) that added some textural contrast to the smooth and creamy gelato.
With each bite into the Whiskey-soaked cranberries and cherries, the alcohol taste was intensified and would satisfy the ‘alcoholics’.
After having the Whiskey Crancherry, I was initially confident of the flavours they had to offer, but both the Toasted Black Sesame and Hojicha & Red Beans fell slightly short of expectation.
As a matter of fact, I still love their smooth and creamy texture but the flavours combination and balance didn’t quite work.
The sweetness from the red beans are usually paired with matcha to balance out the bitterness in the latter, but here at Bloom Artisan, hojicha (roasted green tea) is used instead.
The combination of hojicha and red beans gelato unfortunately turned out to be too sweet (considering I don’t mind sweet things), so much so that the roasted scent and the earthly tone of the hojicha was overpowered.
The Toasted Black Sesame gelato was also on the sweeter side, falling short in the earthly and nutty flavour.
The Brown Butter Sourdough Waffle ($4) was the saving grace, being softer and more chewy compared to the usual Buttermilk waffle that offers a crispier and aromatic fragrance.
Bloom Artisan may not be easy to locate. It is situated in between 2 MRT stations: Khatib and Yishun, opposite Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
645 Yishun Street 61, #01-322, Singapore 760645
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon, Wed – Fri), 11am – 10pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Tues
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.