The brand is known for their “monster-like” shaved ice cream and has outlets worldwide in countries such as US, China, Korea, Canada, Australia, and Malaysia.
Stepping inside, the 32-seater space has a MUJI-like minimalist interior, fully equipped with wood elements and muted colour tones like a Japanese teahouse. Quite zen.
Roji ろじ, refers to an “an alley” in the Japanese language, a place where people can find peace and tranquil amidst the hustle and bustle of city life.
The black sphere-like character, Roji, is the mascot of the shop and can be found here in the decoration, food and drinks, bringing comfort to all diners.
Their menu is short and concise, with their cute, customisable signature Monster Ice Cream ($12.90) available in 4 different flavours: Milk, Uji Matcha, Cocoa and Black Sesame.
Diners can choose to customise their Monster Ice Cream with 2 complimentary toppings (extra toppings +$2.90) among the 23 options there.
What you do is to stamp the respective ink stamps on the order card at the photo wall right at the entrance before proceeding to make the payment.
There are both traditional Japanese and local toppings here such as Rice Dumpling with Red Bean/ Hojicha Jelly/ Matcha Jelly, Salted Cherry Jelly, Honey Osmanthus Jelly, Mini Dorayaki, Iced Gem Biscuits, Cendol, Matcha & Taro Balls and Brown Sugar Tapioca.
The shop uses an ice shaving machine specially imported from Japan to create the thin sheets of ribbon-like ice cream.
100% dairy, no water added, no additives, no artificial flavourings.
Topped with a pair of Roji’s cute eyes made from icing sugar as a finishing touch, the Roji monster is now created.
Unlike the finely-shaved Korean Bingsu and fluffy Japanese Kakigori, this Roji monster has a shape similar to Taiwanese shaved ice, created in thin sheets and layers.
The thing that surprised me most was the texture, in between that of a gelato and soft serve – being soft, milky and creamy without any icy kick.
The Uji Matcha Monster Ice Cream ($12.90) was my favourite, light and creamy with lingering scent and aroma of matcha with an earthy and robust flavour.
The rice dumpling (shirotama) with red beans is worth a mention, soft and chewy texture with Azuki red bean that was not overly sweet.
The Black Sesame Monster Ice Cream ($12.90) is also worth a try, with earthy taste of grounded black sesame seeds, slightly on the sweeter side.
Apart from the Monster Ice Cream, Monster Waffle ($10.90) is another dessert available on their menu.
Comes with a waffle shaped like Roji, milk soft serve, matcha cream and chocolate sauce, the waffle was not the type I preferred, eggy and dense with crispy edges.
You can have it in many ways, drizzling the chocolate sauce on it, dabbing some matcha cream for light bitterness, or add some soft serve for the icy sensation.
Both hot and cold version are available for their Matcha Latte (Hot $5.90, Cold $6.90) and Hojicha Latte (Hot $5.90, Cold $6.90).
Once again, Roji appears on the drink, created by sprinkling matcha/ Houjicha powder on the layer of milk foam.
While people may think this is just “instagrammable” Roji Monster Ice Cream does score in both the aesthetics and flavours aspects. Oishii desu~
Roji Monster Ice Cream
52 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088473
Opening Hours: 2pm – 4:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun), 3pm – 5:30pm, 6:30pm – 12am (Fri, Sat), Closed Mon
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.