Known as the sister outlet of Creamier, Sunday Folks is tucked away in a housing estate at Chip Bee Gardens. They're known for their freshly churned ice cream and waffles, home-baked cakes and handmade sweets.”.
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Soft serves melts too quickly
Sunday Folks was opened by the same people behind Creamier but instead of serving regular ice cream, they specialize in soft serve.
I’m not a big fan of ice cream, be it regular scooped ice cream, gelato or soft serve. So when my friends suggested for us to go to Sunday Folks, I sure wasn’t as thrilled as most people would be. Upon arriving, the interior of the store intrigued me. It was simple yet charming, and I absolutely adored their mini WFC utensils. Pretty weird, I know.
We ordered the Earl Grey Lavender and Pistachio soft serve, each with waffles. While the presentation of the dish looked good with toppings you could choose, the soft serve already started to melt into the waffle. I guess that’s a good sign for use of little to no preservatives in their ice cream, but it wasn’t a pretty sight. Especially not so for instagrammers that take some time to get a pretty shot. Putting that minor detail aside, I personally felt that the soft serve had no texture, it was flat and melted as soon as you put it in your mouth. The taste was palatable, but nothing fancy. The earl grey lavender tasted artificial to me and the pistachio was lacking the nutty flavor it should have. The waffles were the star in my opinion, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Soft-serve ice cream, but not as how you know it
Mention soft-serve ice cream, and most Singaporeans would think of McDonald’s signature cone or perhaps chains like Honey Creme which attempt to differentiate what would otherwise be just plain vanilla soft-serve with a few unique toppings. Sunday Folks sets itself apart from its competitors by offering unique flavours such as Pistachio, Gula Melaka and Earl Grey Lavender instead of simply vanilla.
Another plus point is its convenient location. Sunday Folks is a walk across the road from the Holland Village and is easily accessible by MRT.
However, with good food comes long waiting times. I went down on a Thursday afternoon at 4pm and was greeted by a snaking queue. A tip would be to opt for take away instead of dining in. I waited only 20 minutes for my ice cream cone as opposed to those who were insistent on being seated (the estimated waiting time was 1 hour 20 minutes).
my favourite place for a soft-serve fix
I absolutely adore soft serves. So when Sunday Folk’s signature Belgian waffles topped with a towering soft serve started making its rounds around Instagram, I couldn’t resist heading down to Chip Bee Gardens to indulge in their sweet treats. The lush interior of the cafe featured wooden tables and minimal decorations apart from a couple of flower vases and potted plants. The cafe itself was a little hard to find as there are no signboards or any directions from Holland Village MRT.
Sunday Folks really proved themselves worthy of the hype they were receiving. I ordered a waffles with Earl Grey Lavender soft serve ($11.80) , while my friend had his with Dark Chocolate soft serve. ($11.80) Waffles are made to order, and served with strawberries, blueberries, maple syrup and hazelnut sauce. The Dark Chocolate was rich and luscious, while the Earl Grey Lavender was more subtle, however the floral aroma perfectly complemented the full-bodied flavour of the Earl Grey. Waffles were warm, eggy and crisp, similar to those served at their sister company Creamier.
Apart from soft serves, Sunday Folks also offers a small selection of cakes and beverages. Of the 6 flavours, Sea Salt Gula Melaka and Pistachio are definitely two of the most raved about. I guess a return visit is in order!
Soft serve and waffles are a bad match
Pictures of Sunday Folks’ ice cream waffles keep appearing on my feed, so I decided to give it a try. The waffles come with soft serve ice cream, and a variety of toppings. Even if you don’t want to pay extra for toppings, the waffles still look stunning on camera.
It did not taste as good as it looked though. Soft serve ice cream may be more photogenic, but they also melt faster than tub ice cream. This means they will melt onto your plate within a few minutes, and you can’t do anything about it with a fork and knife.
Also, I found that their waffles lacked character. They are too soft on the inside and not crunchy enough on the inside. It did not help that there was no ice cream to go with it either. I got bored of it after the first piece.
One of a kind waffles with ice cream
There was a period of time when everyone was raving about how amazing Sunday Folks is, so I decided to go down to Holland Village to see for myself. The waffles and ice cream there lived up to my expectations.
The ambience was not that great. The tables were too near each other and the never-ending crowd made it a little squeezy and hard to move around. However, it is a vibrant place with bright setting, and the waffles are to die for. I ordered a waffle with the legendary lavender ice cream, and I thought that it was such an odd flavour at first – until I took my first bite. The ice cream had a foreign and sweet flavour, which was very comforting. It was creamy and smooth, and complemented the warm, crispy waffles that were drizzled with honey. To my delight, the waffles did not get soggy with the ice cream even after a period of time, and stayed moist under the crisp outer layer.
Everyone needs to try the waffles and ice cream at Sunday Folks at least once, as they have a distinct flavour that cannot be replicated elsewhere. Be sure to try their other desserts there too!
Waffles and soft-serve - a match made in heaven
Will it be weird if you came here everyday of the week, instead of just on Sundays? No, go ahead. I get you. We all have seen an Instagram of a generous swirl of soft-serve atop a square waffle, dusted with pistachio crumbs. Many trends often wind up disappointing (think Honeycreme), but this cafe is one of the rare few that actually lives up to its hype.
Separated from the main group of shop houses in Holland Village, Sunday Folks may be difficult to locate for first-timers. The walk is mildly long, and it does feel frustrating when you’re met with an extremely long queue at the end of your hike. Try coming on weekday afternoons if you can to avoid the crowd, or just wait it out - it’ll be worth it. The waffles are fantastic, crispy yet fluffy, and the soft-serve ice-cream is quality. Forget the numerous soft-serve outlets popping up everywhere in Orchard - Sunday Folks is where it’s at.
Many fans of Toa Payoh’s Creamier tend to like the smoothness of the ice-cream served here, and having tried both, I’d like to vouch for Sunday Folks’ goodness. With both being equally far out for me, I’d take Sunday Folks any day (and not just on Sundays - gasp!), even if my wallet doesn’t agree.
Simple Made Amazing
If you are a great fan of the café-hopping trend, Sunday Folks is one you have to include in your to-go list. Situated at the heart of the café street Holland Village, it's a quick 5 - 10 minutes walk from the MRT station. Unlike a lot of cafés or ice cream parlours, Sunday Folks sells soft-serves! With 6 flavours, from classics like Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate to more exotic and localised flavours like Gula Melaka, Earl Grey Lavender and Pistachio.
Having been there twice, one of their must-haves is the Earl Grey Lavender ice cream with waffles! Having tried Earl Grey Lavender ice cream from several cafés, they are either too sweet or too pungent. But over at Sunday Folks, they get it perfect every time. Aromatic and not too sweet, it left me wanting more. But if you are a chocoholic, their chocolate ice cream is one you can't miss either. Bittersweet, the chocolate is not overwhelming and has several layers of flavour as you let it melt and caress your mouth.
Apart from their famed ice cream and waffles, Sunday Folks sells cakes and sweet treats, making it a perfect spot to spend a lazy afternoon with friends. Quick thing to note though, the queue can get pretty long on weekends, but they have an automated queueing system which makes it much more efficient and convenient!
Everyday's a Sunday with Sunday Folks
Amongst all the new cafes opening in Singapore, Sunday Folks' name stood out to me like a passing breeze in humid summer. It gives a very laidback vibe, and with the alluring ice-cream flavours on the menu, I decided to check it out.
I was so excited about the exotic ice-cream flavors (think Earl Grey Lavender, Madagascar Vanilla) that I didn't pay much attention to their waffles, so it came as a pleasant surprise when I took a bite and tasted the magic of the soft serve melting with the hot waffles! It was a heavenly moment, and I must say that it made my close to 45-minutes wait worthwhile.
If you're keen to give it a try, do note that they only open at 1pm on weekdays and the crowd can be pretty overwhelming. Waiting under the scorching afternoon sun is undesirable, but that undeniably makes you crave for ice-cream even more.