Happy and healthy only happens in Yigloo. At Yigloo, you are the designer of your own frozen yogurt.
Plaza Singapura , 68 Orchard Road 238839
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I hate yoghurt, but time and time again, I would go to different shops selling yoghurts mainly because my friends will keep raving about them, and I want to be proved wrong.
So while strolling around Vivocity, I got pulled into Yigloo. The girl that was attending me was really sweet, and she helped us fill in our cups. I tried the chocolate-flavored one, and as far as yoghurts go, it's actually quite okay. But still, not a fan. My friend loved her strawberry-flavored one, though.
Their price range is sorta price-y, and is based on weight, so be careful on that!
Novel concept but watch yourself when filling up the cups
While shopping around in Vivocity basement (right after a hearty Japanese lunch), my friend wanted to attend to nature calls. Since I don't have the urge, I wandered around aimlessly around the shops outside the washrooms and Yigloo caught my eye. Peculiar name for a frozen yogurt place - Yigloo, Igloo.
Craving for an after meal dessert and struck by the novelty idea, I wondered cautiously into the shop, trying to figure out how do I actually start. Luckily for me, there were a few customers in the shop at that point of time, not exactly packed by rather a handful, so I just mimic what they did. The huge 3 cents per gram signage at the top struck me as horribly cheap so I filled my cup with original flavored yogurt quite a bit before proceeding to the counter at the left.
Initially wanted to add the nuts and raisins but with much difficulty due to my huge mountain of yogurt already. Finally ended up with the weighing and payment (which costs an atrocious $9+ by the way). Guess I didn't really have a good grasp of how much is a gram after all.
I find the yogurt nice, just sour enough to my liking but the lack of toppings (due to my own mis-judgement) was a let-down. Until I master the art of dispensing yogurt with control, I probably should stick to other yogurt places like Frolick where they serve you in standard sizes of your choice.
Be careful loading your cup
The best thing about Yigloo is definitely its decor. It's one of the cutest, most attractive froyo shops I've seen. I mean, I once walked past before it had opened and I didn't know it was a froyo place but the interior looked so cute I wanted to find out what it was immediately. However, when you're actually sitting on the mini chairs at mini tables with people outside staring at you, it doesn't feel so cute anymore.
It's not the first self-serve yoghurt place I've visited, so it wasn't that novel to me. While it's fun to dispense as much as you like, it always frightens me a little when I'm weighing my cup and the amount it comes up to is always shocking. The yoghurt is nothing fantastic so I don't think the price is reasonable, especially when we're serving ourselves!
On first impression Yigloo did seem extremely lovely. I felt like I was thrown back into my childhood with tiny chairs and little tea tables. It's decorated with bright solid colours and a pleasing sky blue and that made the ambience rather amiable. The staff were also extremely nice and we were able to sample all the flavours before we actually decided on which one we liked best.
However, the free toppings perk did not come up to much use. The yogurt cup could only hold that much of toppings before overflowing. Though it is acceptable to fill it to the brim, I think the overall price of the yogurt is expensive. The 3 cents per gram may sound inexpensive, but froyo weighs a lot. I enjoyed the overall experience but I do not return to it regularly.
Interesting DIY concept
Yigloo is probably one of the more unique frozen yogurt shops around Singapore. It allows customers to be able to customize their own frozen yogurt, so various flavours of yogurt can be sampled in one cup.
Yigloo has an extremely adorable interior. Keeping to the 'frozen' theme extremely well, the mini chairs in Yigloo are painted white, with several cute decorations throughout the store. Definitely makes for a fun atmosphere, so customers can easily sit down on these mini chairs and chat.
However, be warned that the frozen yogurt at Yigloo can be a little pricey. The price of each cup of frozen yogurt depends on its weight, so customers ought to watch their dispensing.
One gripe that I have with Yigloo is that the tables are more often than not uncleaned. The staff does clear the yogurt cups from the tables, but the yogurt stains and spillovers are usually left untouched for a very long time. Furthermore, the furniture in Yigloo is usually all white, so such coloured stains show up pretty obviously, and can be a little of a turn off.
I've had better.
Yigloo is probably one of the pricier fro-yo stores out there, even more expensive than Sogurt. The best thing and worst thing about Yigloo is its store's concept: the mini-sized chairs and tables are adorable but make a group of adults sitting around eating their yogurt look ridiculous. I usually see adults eating their yogurt elsewhere instead of in the store itself.
That aside, Yigloo's strawberry flavour is one of the best I have ever tasted and would be the biggest motivating factor for me to visit it again. If you don't mind paying slightly more for your cup of fro-yo, then I would recommend Yigloo but otherwise, there are better options.
Leave it to the Pros
I love frozen yoghurt and I decided to try Yigloo because of its cute name and because my friend and I just felt like eating it as we walked past. The shop itself has a nice decoration, but the tables are not cleaned, perhaps because the staff are too busy.
Because I worked in a yogurt shop before, I was aware of the need to control my yoghurt dispensing so I managed to make one of a reasonable price below $4 although the amount looked really miserable in the large cup. I often see people dispensing freely and I get a shock when I see the price of their yoghurt reaching almost $10! Because the price is by weight, it is quite risky to buy such yoghurt if you are not willing to pay the price because it can be really hard to control. You do get the freedom of decorating your yoghurt but I say, leave it to the professionals. You pay less and your yoghurt looks 10 times nicer.
The selection of toppings is normal, with the usual fresh fruits and some dry cereals. They do not have any unique choices so overall I feel that it is quite the typical frozen yoghurt shop.
Not exactly cheap, but worth paying for the novelty
My kids love the froyo here everytime we are in Vivocity. I remembered that the decor used to be stark white and a bunk bed frame used to be a part of the decor. The tables and chairs used to be much lower than they are now so you know that kids were their targeted clientele.
I have tried a few flavours of froyo here, natural, peach, strawberry and a couple of others whose names I have forgotten. The toppings are pretty typical. There are dry and wet toppings. There are store assistants, but they mostly allow you to have a hands-on experience unless you encounter trouble with the machines.
Expect to pay a little premium, but you will enjoy what you paid for.
The concept of Yigloo, unlike more froyo stalls is its DIY machines. You pick a cup size and fill the frozen yoghurt of your choice to the amount you want. Then you can choose to add any toppings and the price you pay is ultimately the weight of your entire cup. I thought that this concept was rather interesting and so i decided to give it a try. I chose the original flavor and added some nuts, raisins and mochi. I was in shock when the total bill came up to $6. I underestimated the weight of the yoghurt i took!
Anyway, I thought that the yoghurt was not bad. I am not exactly a fan of froyo and I can't really tell the difference between Yigloo's and other froyo. Nevertheless, I thought that it was a yummy sweet treat, though it is a little expensive for a small cup.