It is not everyday we find a café housed in a glasshouse.

This ice cream café located in Tampines is aptly named ‘Glasshouse Creamery’.

If it looks familiar, it probably is – this cafe used to be the recently closed Around Cafe, situated in The Alp Residences at Tampines Street 86.

The glass exterior lets in natural lighting, perfect for hot humid days when you still want to enjoy some Vitamin D.

You could enjoy the cool air conditioning and their ice cream treats while soaking in sunny vibes.

In contrast to the previous cafe that housed the same location, this boasted more earthy and plant-centred furnishing while retaining the modern clean design aesthetic.

It almost transported me back to Korea, with the beautiful plants along the glass window.

The owners chose this space as they liked the ambience of the place, and ice cream creamery style.

For a relatively new establishment, their staff experienced in the ins-and-outs of café customer service.

Their offerings comprise of Single Scoops ($4.90) and Double Scoops ($8.90) of their signature Ice cream. Add-on $1 for a premium flavour.

Flavours include Dark Chocolate, Matcha, Earl Grey, Pistachio, Gula Melaka, Strawberry and more.

They also have their Signature Mochi-based Waffle ($7.90).

The Duo Set comes with 2 classic scoops and a waffle for $15.90, and The Trio Set with 3 classic scoops and a waffle for $19.90.

On the drinks menu, they have coffees, fizzy drinks and teas such as Flowers In The Hair, Alpine Clouds, Alchemy Of Plants and more at $6.90 per pot.

I ordered the Trio Set which includes three scoops of which I chose to have the premium flavours (add $1 per scoop) Coffee Chip, Pistachio and Tropical Fruits.

The set includes a Signature Waffle which was mochi-based.

The waffle was perhaps my favourite I have tasted in recent times. It was understandably oblique> (chewy and bouncy in texture) being mochi-based, with exterior nicely crisp with an enjoyable mouthfeel.

The ice cream was creamy, and paired well with this waffle.

The Coffee Chip ice cream had a combination of the texture with coffee cookie and the ice cream itself.

The Pistachio was quite stellar with a very deep, rich flavour, containing ground and blended coarse pistachios.

The Tropical Fruits flavour was tart and sweet, with tones of mango, which would be a sweet treat on a hot day. There was a Biscoff Crumble and Chocolate sauce for an extra drizzle.

If you would like finger food, they have Chicken Karaage ($9.90), Yakitori Sticks ($9.90), Popcorn Chicken ($9.90) and Spicy Drumlets ($9.90).

All finger food come with a sauce of choice from Truffle Mayo, Mentaiko Mayo, and Furikake Mayo. Extra sauce is at $1.

I tried the Chicken Karaage ($9.90) with truffle mayo, which was flavourful and not overcooked.

The truffle mayo was reminiscent of Japanese mayo with a strong truffle aroma.

The pot of Tropical Paradise tea ($6.90) was quite sizeable with the tealight candle under to keep the drink warm.

This tea had mango and spices blended together which was floral and fruity.

The cafe is a beautifully set gem in Tampines for a gathering with loved ones.

One more score for the East siders, I’d say, even more so for the Mochi Waffles.

Glasshouse Creamery
117 Tampines Street 86, The Alps Residences, Singapore 528538
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Sun – Thu), 11am – 2am (Fri – Sat)

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

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