Everton Park may be considered one of Singapore’s oldest residential estates, but it has found itself filled with indie shops, hipster cafes, and one of Singapore’s most popular Ang Gu Kueh confectionery.
O Happi Place has also arrived in Everton Park with a dazzling array of gelato flavours that may just “wow” you.
It is not the only gelato shop in the neighbourhood though, with gelatolabo just steps away in the same block 5.
The clean, backlit signs in the gelato parlour that is almost reminiscent of American diners, but one thing that you will not miss are the plants.
Plant enthusiasts will notice that many are rare houseplants, and therefore quite costly.
There is also an al fresco dining area to just embrace the neighbourhood charm, and with an extra-ide glass door that is family-friendly – designed for baby pram and wheelchair access.
A single scoop goes for $4.50 and a double scoop is $8.20.
All of the addictive gelato served here are freshly churned, divided into categories of “All-Time Favourites” and “Premium Selection”. The premium would cost $1 to $2 more.
Some of the All-Time Favourites are Dark Chocolate, Lychee Rose Raspberry, Strawberry & Banana, Mixed Berries, Salted Gula Melaka and Ondeh-Ondeh. These are flavours tested by time and always good, which is no different here.
For sorbet lovers, there are quite a number available here, from Yuzu & Mango Mango & Pineapple, to Lychee & Pineapple.
What caught my eye was the Coconut with Kaffir Lime. Kaffir Lime has a unique scent and usually associated with a savoury dish like Laksa and Curry, but I liked how well it would worked here complimenting the sweetness of the coconut.
Their premium selection is where it gets even more interesting. I was caught between Bon Bon, Kopi Bergamot Orange, Raspberry Cheesecake, Cereal Milk, and the Ju Pu flavours.
The Bon Bon which is inspired by chocolate pralines, is what I would recommend for its smoothly-rich texture, bits of wafers probably more textural variety, with a distinct hazelnut taste. Lovely.
The Ju Pu gets its name from Chrysanthemum (“Ju Hua” in Mandarin) and Pu-Er – something I would always have in a dim sum reference.
The gelato had a pleasantly smooth texture. As expected, the tea fragrance was like sipping on a good cup of tea, but without the bitterness.
However, it would still be on the very light side (especially if paired with a waffles with sauces), so perhaps I would have this in cup to better appreciate the tea flavours.
The waffles (additional $6.50) was just lightly crispy and fluffy on the inside. Certainly above the average, but a tad more crispiness would have made this a firm favourite.
The Pistachio gelato (usually I would always order this flavour) was decent and on the safe side. Perhaps the sweetness could have been reduced so that the roasted-taste could be more pronounced.
As a blast from the past, you can get your scoops of gelato in a rainbow bread (additional $1), though unfortunately not available when I visited.
Can imagine the ice cream melts, the bread would soak it all up for a sweet bite just like the good old nostalgic days.
O Happi Place promises to bring you to a higher level of happiness. Indeed, having gelato there felt like I was in a happy place, all in an unexpected estate.
O Happi Place
5 Everton Park, #01-22A, Singapore 080005
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 9pm (Tues – Thurs, Sun), 12:30pm – 10pm (Fri – Sat)
* Written by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Dean Ang. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.