We have seen an increase in ice cream shops within many heartland estates over the years.

Tucela Gelato looks to fill that gap for the St George’s and Boon Keng areas – as heard from the owner of the store.

The shop retained the interior design of its previous tenant (Ong Lai Gelato) and made minor changes, to turn it into a sweet-looking pink and white style.

The tiles which were also kept which added to a bit of Peranakan flair.

The boss runs a cold brew brand (Tofflir) since the COVID-10 lockdown, and wanted this gelato store to be a means to expand that concept.

This is to make way for not just selling coffee but venturing into gelato and experimenting with more coffee creations as well.

Tucela Gelato offers ice cream flavours such as Sakura, Oolong Osmanthus, Chrysanthemum and Cacao Nibs, Bluepea Vanilla, Roasted Pistachios, Muah Chee and more.

A scoop goes for $3.80, two scoops for $7.60, with addition of $1 for each premium flavour.

You can choose to accompany your gelato with a Waffle ($5), Croffle ($4), Brownie ($4) or Pra-ffle ($2) – yes that’s a Prata Waffle.

The Bluepea Vanilla ($4.80) and Sakura ($4.80) gelato laid on a bed of a warm waffle ($5), could be drizzled with the choice of caramel, chocolate or strawberry sauce.

While blue ice cream may look daunting to the uninitiated (to various explorations of ice cream shops in Singapore), you cannot go too wrong with vanilla.

The Sakura ice cream was a bit more unique in terms of flavour as it is not something commonly available in your typical neighbourhood shop.

The unmistakable salty, sour and floral taste of the Sakura was rounded together by the creaminess of the gelato.

The gelato itself was not gelid and icy, but creamy and stored at the right temperature.

As for the waffle, it brought to the dish a different kind of texture than the typical.

It was crispy on the outside however on the inside it had a consistency that reminded me of min jang kueh (local pancake).

They have a parfait style Gelato Creations ($5.50 each) of Speculoos, Cookies and Cream and Marshmallow Tutti.

The Marshmallow Tutti ($5.50) is a scoop of chosen ice cream (I chose Oolong Osmanthus), housemade mini brownie, Nama chocolate, fresh cream, corn flakes, whipped cream, marshmallows and Fruitty Pebbles cereal.

I highly recommend it for those who love trying a bit of everything.

What shone was of course the Oolong Osmanthus gelato which was a very deep Oolong tea flavour mixed with a light sweet creaminess which balanced out the entire combination.

Their Nama Chocolate was also a highlight which is house-made with 70% cacao. It uses an original recipe which was tempered to be more dense and chewy.

Personally, I really enjoyed this version, with chew to it, and dusted with a finishing of 70% cacao powder.

The menu also lists 8 sizeable pieces at $5. What a steal.

Tucela’s homemade chewy brownie is also worth a mention with chocolate chips to lend some texture to the baked good.

Drinks include their Cold Brew from Tofflir in Black ($6.50), White ($7), Sakura ($7), Honey Cinnamon ($7), Vanilla Peach Latte ($7.50) and Lychee Latte ($7.50).

They also offer teas, brewed coffee and iced sodas including the Yuzu Soda ($4.50), Sakura Lychee Soda ($5.50) and Iced Peach Tea ($4).

The Purple Lemonade ($4), which borrows its natural purple colouring from the Blue Pea flower was extremely citrusy and not too sweet.

I enjoyed the flavour that combined the earthiness of Blue Pea and zest of the lemon, which paired well with all the creaminess of ice cream.

If you are in the St George’s area and in need of a scoop to cool the heat or some comfort to bring the pressure down, Tucela Gelato has got you covered with its array of house-made creations.

I for one enjoyed their delicious combinations of Asian-centered gelato flavours. Coffee imbibers can also have Tofflir’s cold brews which by popular demand were sold out that day.

Tucela Gelato
Blk 3 St George’s Road, #01-109, Singapore 320003 (Boon Keng MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

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* Written by Laura Wong @llua. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.

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