We dropped by the Gillman Barracks recently to see what was being exhibited in the art galleries there. Unfortunately, our visit was a brief one as most of the art spaces were closed. Only a few of galleries were open that day. The use of the former army barracks is a creative one but with only a handful of galleries now operational, it is a long track from one place to another, an experience made more sweaty by our 36 degree heat. Fortunately our trip was not in vain as we discovered that the food scene was more lively than the art scene there. Restaurants like Masons and Red Baron seemed quite busy. We stopped by at a newly opened cafe – Creamier Gillman Barracks. You can read our review of the Red Baron here.
Creamier Gillman Barracks is a small cafe with a small air-conditioned area and a larger outdoor and sheltered area. The outdoor area is a pleasant place, not as cool as the indoor space, but still a place to be sheltered from the scorching sun. Like animals gathering at a small oasis, the cafe attracted people who finished doing the gallery rounds. We have not heard of Creamier before the visit, but subsequently learned that this is their second outlet, first one being at Toa Payoh Lorong 1.
Creamier Gillman Barracks serves a very focused range of food and drinks – primarily ice-cream, waffles and drinks. Here is a picture of their menu board.
According to the Creamier website, they “…specialize in the craft of creating premium ice creams and sorbets using our own recipes and unique production process.” The ice cream on display at Gillman Barracks did not look any different from those in many places but there were some unique flavours like kaya toast and sea salt gula melaka. We decided on waffles with a scoop of the latter and some coffee.
The waffles ($8.50) was very well presented. Two square blocks stacked vertically with a large scoop of the sea salt gula melaka ice cream on top. A ring of chocolate and syrup completed the picture. The waffle was well made. Crisp on the outside and moist and soft inside. The ice-cream has a gentle salty taste. The gula melaka was more subtle. We were not sure how to describe the taste but the overall combination was unusual in a good way. Even better when combined with the sweetness of the syrup and chocolate and eaten with the waffles.
The Creamier website describes their coffee as follows: “With beans purveyed from good local roasteries, our coffee is lovingly pulled from our hardworking beauty – a Giotto Rocket.” Unfortunately we cannot say that we liked the coffee. It was too sour for our liking.
Overall, Creamier was a pleasant cafe manned by a team of young and enthusiastic members. The waffles and ice-cream is reason enough to drive all the way to this part of Alexandra Road. You can also plan to see some art as part of the plan.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Block 5A Lock Road
Mondays – Closed
Tuesdays to Thursdays – 12pm to 10pm
Fridays and Saturdays – 12pm to 11pm
Sundays – 12pm to 10pm
Tel: +65 6262 1087