Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Tom's Palette Again + Frutta La Viva (Ultimate Ice-cream post)
Went down to Tom's Palette again to taste their delectable ice-creams. In fact, I went two times last week (Saturday, Monday (yesterday)) to savour morsels of icy heaven - creamy, delectable morsels of ice-cream. As usual Eunice and Chronos (the owners/makers of the ice cream) gave me a warm welcome (I've graduated to becoming a 'regular') and asked what I would like - the first time on Saturday I had my usual 'Chocolate' + 'Salted Caramel Cheesecake' which are my ultimate 2 flavours every time I'm there - If you haven't already noticed, those flavours really take the cake out of all the flavours in Singapore , where ice-cream is concerned. The Chocolate was very rich and creamy and chocolatey, with the right notes of bitterness and sweet from the dark chocolate used in the ice-cream. It is very dark and very unctuous - go try. I told my friend C to try it and she was like - wow - now i shoudl have listened to you (she got another flavour instead) - one dip in my cup and she was sold. Chocolate from Tom's Palette: 9/10
The salty caramel cheesecake was also exceptional - just the right amount of saltiness to lift the flavours of the cheesecake (with just enough cheese) and balanced by a slight hint of caramel to round off the flavours. Lovely. Rich, salty, sweet, creamy, all at the same time. Amazing. 9/10
On Monday, I tried Eunice's "special" flavour, which is a Strawberry Sorbet. One mouthful and I was hooked, even J my skeptical ice-cream friend said it was probably the best he has ever tried. It was so so fruity, with a very 'strong' strawberry taste, and just tart enough so that it is refreshing and not too cloying - very very light and fruity. Apparently balsamic vinegar is added for flavour - i couldn't tell. Ultimately it is one special scoop of ice cream. Apparently she's not going to make anymore of this so plese go down and try if they still have it - because it is too epxensvie to make. Haha. this was really a 9.5/10
Today I made my way to Frutta La Viva which is a gelato shop located at Upp Bukit Timah - Lorong Kilat. It had garnered 6 chopsticks (the highest rating) in Makansutra, so I went in with high expectations. The lady was very nice and very motherly and explained to us that they just recently shifted here, since I told her that I always wanted to visit them since they were in Novena. They said that yeah alot of people cannot find the place since they are on the 4th floor there but now there's only one shop so can't go wrong - hurhur. She was really very nice and helpful, and allowed us to try all the flavours. So here is the rundown:
Bocio - chocolate + hazelnut - not bad
Chocolate+hazelnut (diferent from above) - very good* had a very nice rich chocolate flavour to it.
Hazelnut - very nice, roasted rich hazelnut and fragrantly nutty.
Mango - this was a revelation, very fruity with real mango taste, obviously made with fresh mango fruit.
Lychee - also one of their best flavours, very rich and sweet and fragrant and not too cloying. - full of fruit.
Rum and Raisin - wasn't too impressed.
Strawberry - very nice, alot of fruit.
Durian - very very very good - almost like eating the fruit itself - alot of fruit is used, bitter, sweet, and full of durian flavour, D24 (if I'm not wrong) - very rich and creamy. lovely. and it's the right durian flavour, not some that comes from lower quality fruit.
Anyway I had the lychee + durian, while J got the chocolatehazelnut and the strawberry. We left the place very happy people. Amazing gelato, probably the best in Singapore. Save your calories for Frutta La Viva, forget about Venezia! (oops).
Frutta La Viva: 9/10