Halal-certified ice cream cafe Three’s A Crowd, has opened a new outlet at Little India. And yes, it joins the league of several new ice cream cafes opened in Singapore recently.
Its first outlet is located next to Tampines West MRT station.
To find the new shop, head right next to the famous 20-metres long wall mural along the alley at Race Course Road, with an illustration of a racing horse cutting through a street market.
Before you even step into the cafe, you will notice the organic fabric cutouts with curved steel pipes at the entrance.
The intricate curves and ripples created from the hanging tapestries are to mimic the scooping action of ice cream, leaving a trail in the ice cream tubs.
Stepping inside, I was pretty mesmerised by the aged textures of walls, designed to create a rustic countryside vibe.
The 16 seats are arranged in a longitudinal orientation against the aged walls, creating a long “alley” with sunlight shining in through the sunroof.
And on the other side of the cafe, you will find 8 tall stools along the repurposed-wood counter, with hanging soft drapes similar to the same curves and ripples as the entrance.
This is probably one of the most unique cafes I have been to in Singapore of late in terms of design.
It is different from the usual minimalist, garden, Scandinavian or industrial styles that are more popular these couple of years.
The menu is similar to their outlet in Tampines West, serving Ice Cream (Single Classic $3, Double Classic $6, Single Premium $4.50, Double Premium $8), Waffles (Maple $6, Ondeh $9), Brownie ($4.80), Acai (Original $12, Cookie Butter $13), Coffee (Black $4, White $5), Tea (Oolong $5, Chai $6) and Shakes (Coconut $8, Avocado $8).
12 ice cream flavours are available when I visited, with classic choices such as Espresso, Mango Passion, Salted Caramel, Vanilla, Double Chocolate, Oreo Mint and Coconut.
Premium flavours include Berry Cheesecake, Dark Gianduja with dark chocolate and hazelnut, Roasted Pistachio, Speculoos and a Seasonal Special flavour – Durian (Single $5.50).
I was surprised when the Ondeh Waffles ($9) came with desiccated coconut drenched in Gula Melaka sauce (that looked like chye poh aka preserved sweet-salty radish).
This is to replicate the original ondeh ondeh infused with pandan juice, filled with Gula Melaka (palm sugar) and grated coconut.
The Ondeh Waffles had a fragrant aroma with crispy edges and moist texture.
Waffle lovers who prefer an airy texture may find their version too “soggy” due to the sauce drizzled over.
The Coconut ice cream complemented well with the waffles to bring out the ‘feel’ of the local dessert.
Think smooth, creamy and aromatic coconut ice cream in contrast to the fibrous desiccated coconut, further enhancing the overall flavour.
The Oreo Mint felt pretty much out of place, being too strong and minty.
Given its unique and cool interior that makes diners feel that they are having ice cream in an alley along the roadside, Three’s a crowd can be the next popular dessert spot that people will like to check out.
Three’s A Crowd
50 Race Course Road, Singapore 218562
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Three’s A Crowd – Tampines
802 Tampines Ave 4, #01-11, Singapore 520802
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 11pm (Fri), 11am – 12am (Sat)
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Dawn’s Gelateria (Clementi Sunset Way)
SlickShocks (Boon Keng)
Sundays Ice Cream (East Coast Road)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.