Tom’s Palette, one of the longest-standing local ice cream cafes in Singapore, has recently reopened its doors.
Do you know this ice cream cafe has been churning out house-made ice cream since 2005? (Perhaps older than some of you.)
I remember it has marked its presence as one of those introducing locally-inspired flavours before other brands came on board. (Used to have it at Shaw Towers. Who remembers?)
The origin of the cafe’s name, “Tom’s Palette,” stems from a rather heartwarming tale.
Years ago (when I took an ice cream making course with them), the founders shared that it was named in honour of a friend, Tom, who despite having an extremely discerning palate, gave their ice creams a resounding nod of approval.
Nestled at 51 Middle Road, not far from Bugis MRT station, the cafe underwent a transformation in terms of its interior.
Those familiar with its original charm may be surprised by its new, revamped interior.
The cafe has gracefully transitioned into a bright and modern space, exuding an art studio vibe.
The seating capacity has expanded, marked by a central long table surrounded by artworks, making it an inviting place for patrons to linger.
The essence of Tom’s Palette lies in its ever-evolving range of artisan gelato flavours.
You can expect an array of 36 gelato flavours at any given time, curated from their extensive library of over 200 unique combinations.
For those seeking adventure, they may be enticed by unconventional flavours such as White Chocolate Nori, Salted Egg Yolk, Nasi Lemak, and Mango Sticky Rice.
Meanwhile, those looking for a touch of local flair might lean towards Asian-inspired concoctions like Soya Bean Youtiao.
To keep things exciting for their loyal customers, the gelateria will periodically refresh its menu.
For those wondering about the cost of indulgence, a regular cup, which offers two flavours, is priced at $5.20, while a large cup with the same number of flavours is $9.60.
Cones range from $6.50 for a single flavour to $10.80 for two.
For those keen on a curated experience, there’s the Tom’s Palette, a $29.80 ‘omakase’ platter of six flavours that varies based on the day’s selection.
One standout recommendation is Granny’s Favourite, a medley of chocolate malt, cookie dough, and chocolate chips.
The taste is a comforting blend of sweet nostalgia, reminiscent of cherished family recipes.
Other tempting options to consider include Salted Caramel Cheesecake, Jamaican Rum & Raisin, Madagascar Vanilla, and the quirky Parmigiano Reggiano & Crackers.
51 Middle Road, Boon Sing Building #01-01, Singapore 188959 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
4 Jln Mat Jambol, #01-05, Singapore 119555 (Pasir Panjang)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3:30pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun