I never look back ever since I had my first scoop of gelato. I just can’t get enough of the creamy soft and intensely rich flavours that characterise gelatos. The recent Gelato World Tour held at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore was a clear indicator just how established gelato is in my country. Read here and here for more info about the event.
+39 Gelato Bar adds on to many gelato fan list of places to go. Located along the shop houses at Circular Road, I foresee quite a lot of working class adults dropping by this place after meal for desserts and drinks too. The gelato bar is conceptualise by Jacopo Quaglia (Right) and Stefano Cadorin (Left), both experts in the art of crafting gelato. What makes this gelato shop apart from the rest is the fact that they use Ideatre machine from Carpigiani, the manufacturer of world-class gelato equipment. Read here to find out more about the machine.
This is also the first gelato parlour (that I know of) which crafts the icy desserts right in front of consumer eyes. It is nice and visually tempting to see an array of already made gelatos and quite a different experience watching different ingredients being mixed and frozen into gelatos right before your eyes. Every flavour is make in small quantity so don’t expect walking in here confident that your favourite flavours available. They rotate flavours daily and I heard you can expect savoury gelatos like goat cheese and Szechuan pepper flavours every Wednesday.
Funky or weird? You decide when you visit them.I tried a few of their flavours, all freshly blended right at the spot. Pistachio was my standard favourite. Very creamy and much more nuttier. There are the standard fruity and nutty flavours like hazelnut and mango but the Strawberry Cinnamon was truly unforgettable. A flavour born straight out of some random experimentation. Imagine strawberry ice melting in your mouth then followed up by the nutty taste of cinnamon. As this flavour is a sorbet, a water based flavour so it does contain any milk. I was also told that this particular flavour will be more intense if left to settle for a few hours as the sugars in strawberries sorbet are broken down further.
The highlight of the night has got to be Aperol Spritz Sorbet Concoction. Served in metal cocktail cups, the sorbet is then doused in Prosecco. I had my share of alcoholic desserts. Most of them are fairly light and mild but alcoholic gelatos are very intense and almost akin to drinking a glass itself. The dessert drink was converging between the sweet and sour taste buds in my mouth. I must confess that this is a very new sensation and I wonder how other alcholic gelato/sorbet would fare too.I was a little baffled when I saw dry batter being scooped onto the waffle machine. Very different from the wet batter I am used to see. The end product was really crispy, adding an extra dimension of crunchiness and it did not turn soggy once the gelato was place on top. I have no idea what waffle recipe they used but I do know it contains almost no sugar in it. This does score plus points for the health conscious people ehh?I did not manage to try their gelato sandwiches. I am not sure how to eat it, let alone hold it but perhaps they could do it like how Singapore ice cream karts uncles and aunties do: A slice of bread holding maybe one or two scoops of gelatos. I think that adds a more local twist that most Singaporeans can relate to. I really love my experience at +39 Gelato Bar. I learnt what to take note what to look for in real artsian gelatos like the colours and textures. Gelatos here ranges on the high end but I suppose their target group are the bankers and sales executives working within the area. They can afford to spend a little more on desserts but students and NSF like me, I think I will consider dropping by this gelato bar if I ever need to impress a date.
On second thought, you are really paying for the quality and sheer dedication to artisan gelatos. I do recommend my readers coming down here if you ever need to reignite your love for gelatos because of bad encounters. Because let face it. There are really a lot of mediocre ones passing off as authentic gelato shops.+39 Gelato Bar
29 Circular Road, Singapore 049385
Mondays to Saturdays: 11.00am to 11.00pm
Closed on Sundays
Note: This is an invited media tasting.