Creamier Tiong Bahru is a new outlet of Creamier Handcrafted Ice Cream and Coffee. It fits in nicely in the bohemian estate of Tiong Bahru. Opened a few months ago without fanfare, the unpretentious ice cream parlour and cafe occupies an unassuming spot in Yong Siak Street. It has a low key frontage and with only a small signage on its plain white wall. Those in the know head to Creamier Tiong Bahru to enjoy its freshly made ice cream and excellent waffle – and it would seem that they are many people in the know.
Creamier Tiong Bahru
Since Creamier’s debut at Toa Payoh in 2011 its ice cream has attracted crowds from all across Singapore. We visited Creamier Gillman Barracks when it first opened (read about our visit here) and on a number of occasions subsequently. There always seem to be a crowd there, especially in the evenings. We are glad that Creamier Tiong Bahru has opened. It offers an alternative in a convenient central location and has a larger air-conditioned indoor sitting area.
Creamier Tiong Bahru has a simple chic industrial interior. Like many contemporary cafes in Singapore nowadays, its has a small retail corner with a curated selection of handcrafted goods, coffee, tea, coffee making accessories, ice cream spoons and other interesting items.
Walk into Creamier Tiong Bahru and you will be greeted by the ice cream display. Look beyond the tempting ice cream and you will see cake tarts and serious coffee making equipment telling you that Creamier Tiong Bahru has other goodies to offer besides ice cream.
Creamier Ice Cream & Waffle
Creamier has a wide repertoire of ice cream flavours with offerings changing throughout the year – see Creamier Menu of Flavours for the current flavours available. As Creamier ice creams are handcrafted in small batches everyday onsite, not all the outlets carry all the flavours available; which may add to the excitement of discovering what you can have each time you visit Creamier.
Fortunately for us, when we visited Creamier Tiong Bahru, one of our favourite Creamier ice cream flavours, Pulot Hitam, was available. We ordered a scoop of the ice cream made with black glutinous rice and coconut milk to top their signature waffle ($9.30).
The waffle was presented in the Creamier signature arrangement that has been seen numerous times on Instragram and Snapchat – two square blocks stacked vertically with a large scoop of ice cream on top and ringed by of chocolate sauce and syrup. The thick buttery waffle was, as usual, crisp on the outside and moist and soft inside. The dense and creamy Pulot Hitam ice-cream had a complex taste and was not overly sweet. It felt like a cold version of the traditional black glutinous rice dessert served with coconut milk.
We were intrigued by a quotation on a chalkboard – “The Slow philosophy is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace. It’s about seeking to do everything at the right speed“. The coffee making process illustrated on the chalkboard and the fancy equipment on the counter also fascinated us. We were easily persuaded to try Creamier’s Pourover Coffee.
There were various types of coffee beans supplied by Papa Palheta, a local independent coffee boutique. After listening to the charming barista’s description of the characteristics of the different beans, we decided on the Suke Quto and the Brasil Samambaia. The preparation of the coffee was elaborate and unhurried. It was interesting to observe the process.
The coffee was served in a glass beaker with a leather strap serving as a handle and brought to the table on a nice wooden tray. The Suke Quto had a slightly tart taste with fruity notes. It had a nice aroma and left a sweetish aftertaste. The Brasil Samambaia was smooth with chocolately notes. It had an interesting aroma – a little herbal and a little like toffee. Creamier’s Pourover Coffee was $6.50 per serving. Considering the quality, the elaborate preparation and presentation, we thought it was a price worth paying.
Creamier at Yong Siak Street is a great addition to the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood. It is a good spot for ice cream with the family, waffles with friends or just to experience the slow coffee movement when you want to do things at the right speed.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Creamier Tiong Bahru
78 Yong Siak Street
Tel: +65 6221 1076
Tue – Thu : 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri : 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat : 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun : 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Closed on Mondays
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