Kampong Glam is one of Singapore’s oldest urban district and a short walk from the iconic Masjid Sultan, is now home to many Halal-certified and Muslim-owned cafes.
The hipster area of Arab Street and Haji Lane is seeing some facelift as more cafes are opening there recently, including Nirvana Dessert Cafe, MILK, and Brotherbird Coffeehouse just one street away at Bali Lane.
Momolato Café serving gelato with classic and keto-friendly flavours, has also opened at Haji Lane.
Although Momolato is a new entrant to the area they had been around some years back, started off selling popsicles.
Fast forward to 2021, the shop also has a Halal-certified central kitchen that supplies to some gelato cafes in Singapore.
Stepping inside, the botanical theme cafe can accommodate a total of 13 pax in total, with 6 seats outdoors.
While you might see a staircase leading to the second floor, it is their kitchen where they freshly churned out their gelato and does not include a dining area.
With a brand-new Keto concept, Momolato offers 6 Keto gelato flavours (Single $7.40, Double $10.50), Keto Cone ($3), Keto Waffle ($12), Keto Smoothies ($8), priced slightly higher than their counterparts.
This may not be the first keto ice cream shop in Singapore which is diabetic-friendly (as we had come across similar keto ice cream at Kind Kones), with no sugar added into the final product.
With a total of 18 gelato flavours, the 6 Keto options (Single $7.40, Double $10.50) include Maple Cream Cheese Poundcake, Korean Strawberry Shortcake, Nama Chocolate, Sea Salt Caramel, Pure Coconut and Hass Avocado, all sounded interesting.
Signature flavours are priced at $4.90 for a single scoop, $8 for double scoops, premium flavours at an additional $1 whereas Keto gelato are at an additional $2.50.
Dairy-free options include Triple Blend Dark Chocolate, Watermelon Soursop, Kochi Yuzu Shisho, Ecuador Chocolate Arabica Coffee and Himalayan Osmanthus Mango Passionfruit.
3 different cone flavours are available: Butter (+$1.50), Pandan (+$1.50), Keto (+$3), wrapped with a single layer of Pandan leaves at the base.
The Pandan cone was as crispy, reminding me of love letter snack that we have during Chinese New Year, with a buttery taste and aroma.
Something worth mentioning, was that the pandan was delicate and pleasant, without overpowering the flavours of the gelato.
My friend commented that both the Ondeh Ondeh Korean Sweet Potato and Blue Pea Hokkaido Vanilla Creme Brûlée looked like highlighter pens, with their neon-like shades.
The Ondeh Ondeh Korean Sweet Potato had the right level of sweetness and a very creamy texture due to the sweet potato, swirled with streaks of brown Gula Melaka contrast to the green Pandan.
In addition, Momolato also serve Waffle and Croffle (flattened croissant waffle) on their menu.
Served with both vanilla cream and brown sugar cream on the sides, Waffles flavours include Buttermilk ($6.60), Pandan ($6.90) and Keto ($12) whereas Croffle includes Butter ($6.60), Banana ($6.90) and Gula Melaka ($6.90).
Diners can choose to add as much vanilla and brown sugar cream as they liked depending on their own preferences.
I initially thought that the Banana Croffle ($6.90) only came with 3 thin slices of banana on the surface at an additional $0.30.
Instead, surprisingly there are flattened ripened banana in between the layers of croffle which made it taste like a loaf of banana bread.
Unlike the usual waffle with a crispy texture on the outside, the Croffle has a flaky texture on the surface.
But due to the flattened nature, the Croffle was dense, chewy, buttery and more “bread-like” unlike the usual airy waffle that we are familiar with.
The Watermelon Soursop sorbet was my favourite – refreshing as the juice itself, well balanced by the sweetness from the watermelon and the citrusy punch from the soursop.
If you are looking for their famed popsicle ($4.90), Momolato also offers Popsicle Spritzers ($7.80) on their menu in the version of a drink.
Feeling hot while exploring Haji Lane? Momolato is there to cool you down.
34 Haji Lane, Singapore 189227
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 12pm – 2am (Fri, Sat)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.