Yes, another ice cream café in Singapore, and also at Tanjong Pagar.

However, this shouldn’t be an unfamiliar name for ice cream lovers – DOPA has opened at Blk 7 of Tanjong Pagar Plaza (opposite Mellben Signatures).

This is a sister café to Dopa Dopa Creamery located at South Bridge Road.

The name “DOPA” comes from the word Dopamine, a hormone that regulates excitement and happiness that one feels.

The cafe has been earning generally positive reviews with its gelato churned from scratch, included with natural ingredients such as nuts, fruits and tea leaves.

However, you would realise the aesthetics of this new café is unlike the last, said to be inspired by Korean cafes (such as Coffee Nap Roasters) with its use of maroon-reddish Terracotta tiles.

This creates a warm atmosphere and vintage look that is rather charming.

You would also notice that there are no usual tables and chairs here; and patrons sit on steps instead facing the counter.

DOPA still insists on keeping their gelato within round metallic Pozzetti tubs with a flat lid.

Even though customers cannot exactly see the colours and flavours, this is the more authentic Italian-way of gelato storing.

What worked for me was its consistency. You could tell that their gelato is creamy, slightly sticky with colours close to the ingredients used to make them.

In terms of flavours, there is more emphasis on nut-based ones here, including the popular Pistachio, Hazelnut, Ferrero, Macadamia and Maple Pecan.

There are also Coconut Pandan, Butter Crumble, Matcha, Strawberry Honey, White Peach, and other rotating flavours.

Prices are at $5 for single, $9 for double, with a dollar extra for premium flavours and cones. You can also choose to have your gelato on waffles ($6) or croissant ($4.30).

You would find their Pistachio a light brown colour than the usual pale green – they prepare the nut base from scratch, and their particular roasting process ‘kills’ off the chlorophyll accordingly to the owner.

I enjoyed the smooth yet light consistency, with delicate roasted flavour of the pistachio.

My only wish was the sugar level could be lowered by a tad, say 5 to 10%.

The flavour that I enjoyed was the Coconut Pandan with a mild coconut flavour and pandan fragrance along with caramelised sweetness from gula melaka. This particularly reminded of Kueh Salat in a good way.

There are two new flavours to the store – Macadamia and Maple Pecan.

Interesting, there was a light vanilla taste to the Maple Pecan which was rather appealing, though I thought the nuttiness of the pecan could have been more pronounced.

With the Korean-inspired aesthetics and quality gelato, DOPA looks like it would attract the late night crowd after their Korean BBQ sessions.

DOPA
7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-107 Singapore 081007
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun – Tues, Thurs), 12pm – 10:30pm (Fri – Sat)

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* Follow @DanielFoodDiary on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube for more food news, food videos and travel highlights. This was a treat as I happened to walk in the shop during soft launch.

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