Kakigori is a Japanese dessert that consists of finely shaved ice, flavoured with syrup and often topped with various ingredients such as fruits.

What sets Kakigori apart is its delicate, fluffy texture, almost like freshly fallen snow, which melts softly in your mouth.

This can provide a reprieve from the heat, especially for Singapore’s weather.

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Tucked away on the quaint Duxton Hill, you would find Art Ice which introduces a fusion of Japanese Kakigori and an art gallery.

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The concept of blending traditional Japanese shaved ice with the ambiance of an art gallery, set against a backdrop of Moroccan decor, was inviting.

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This café is easily missed though, as it blends in with the surroundings.

But when you enter, you would find a calm space for a much-needed respite.

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Art Ice’s Japanese Kakigori is said to be crafted using high-purity water, in which the ice blocks are then shaved into delicate, fluffy layers using a high-quality Japanese machine.

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There are various flavours such as Strawberry ($22), Apple ($16), Lemon & Butterfly Pea ($15), Dragon & Passion Fruit ($17), Pistachio ($22), and Coffee ($17) to choose from.

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I opted for the Dragon & Passion Fruit Kakigori ($17) because it was the most visually-striking looking.

The bright pink hue of the dragon fruit coupled with the soft yellow of the passion fruit not only makes for an Instagram-worthy presentation, but also offered a refreshing sweet and sour flavour profile.

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While the tanginess of the dish was enjoyable and provided a refreshing palate cleanse, I couldn’t help but feel that it missed an opportunity for greater complexity.

There was addition of a few slices of kiwi, but the dessert overall needed more textural variation for a more layered experience.

Perhaps the inclusion of other ingredients such as mochi, nuts and fruits, or a creamy element like milk, would help.

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The gallery space is thoughtfully curated, showcasing a diverse range of art from established artists, including undiscovered young talents.

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This adds a layer of depth to the Art Ice experience, making it more than just a place to enjoy a dessert.

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ART ICE
20 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089603
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Thurs, Sun), 12pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Mon

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