Haato & Co.
- < $10
ION Orchard **NEW**
(located infront of Food Republic)
2 Orchard Turn Unit B4-81/82/83
Tel: 6509 8427
Opening hrs: Sun - Mon 11am - 10pm
Liang Court Shopping Centre
*Temporary closed for renovations till further notice*
5 Ridgewood Close
Tel: 6464 9607 / Fax: 6464 9507
Opening hrs: Mon - Fri 11am - 10.30pm (last order for hot food @ 9.30pm)
Opening hrs: Sat & Sun 9.30am - 10.30pm (last order for hot food @ 9.30pm)
The Central @ Clarke Quay
6 Eu Tong Sen Street Unit 01-74
Tel / Fax: 6225 6956
Opening hrs: Sun - Thurs 11am - 11pm
Opening hrs: Fri & Sat 11am - 1am
(located outside of Faiprice Finest)
301 Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Plaza, Unit 03-44
Tel: 6457 4036
Opening hrs: Sun - Mon 8am - 9.30pm
(last order for hot food @ 9.00pm)
For more information, please call 6285 3124
Established in 2006, Haato has expanded from a gelato kiosk to a dessert café that offers a wide range of tempting gelato and sorbets made from traditional Japanese recipes, French-Japanese style cakes, waffles, drinks and more. The signature taste of Haato is light, textured and flavourful. Using only fresh fruits with no artificial colourings and preservatives, all gelato flavours are 80% fat free while sorberts are 100% fat free. Similarly, cakes are made only with fresh dairy cream and no trans-fats to ensure a healthier choice, every time.
Nevertheless, their ice cream is top-notch, so I don't mind paying a bit more. It's around $4.50 a scoop, but they're really generous and it's interesting to see how they shape it into that unique triangular shape atop the square cone.
I visited Haato one evening after my dinner and I was brought there by a friend. I was strangely attracted to the chicken wings on the menu, so I ordered the 3 piece set while my friend ordered a scoop of chocolate banana ice cream. Her ice cream came first, and when I tried a small spoonful, I immediately fell in love with it! It was chocolatey enough, and still had a good kick of bananas to it. And the good food didn't stop there! My chicken wings arrived crispy and hot, and the first bite into it was heavenly. The chicken wings were flavourful, moist and succulent! I would confidenlty say, the best chicken wings I have ever eaten. Additionally, the 3 piece set was actually in reality, 6 pieces of delicious heaven because the wing and the drumlet were separated, and the sizes of each part weren't small either! I felt it was a good deal for $7.90. I can't wait to go back for more!
The two young men manning the shop were so engrossed in their talking that they didn't even notice us standing there until we cleared our throats unanimously. They seemed startled to see us but wasted no time in serving us. We walked out 5 minutes later with our sweet treat in hand.
The Green Tea gelato was quite simply put, out of this world. It was not too sweet with a tiny hint of bitterness. We were barely 25 steps away from the store that we were already wiping our mouths and licking our fingers. It tended to melt pretty fast though. We would like to think it was the weather that made us gobble it up so quickly. So was it the weather or just greed us? >_<
We'll be back for more, Haato's!
My personal favourites are their yuzu sorbet, lychee sorbet, and green tea (or is it matcha?) ice cream. Other flavours are great too but these three are the best in my personal opinion. I usually order two flavours in a cup at 5.50, which I think is quite a reasonable price given the amount they serve. I don't ever order their cones or waffles (though I probably should one day, seeing as how some of the reviewers below have praised their waffles) because I want to enjoy the unadulterated taste of the sorbet/ice cream alone. I usually visit the outlet near the Ellenborough Market Cafe, and there's nothing better than enjoying a nice, big cup of ice cream in the peacefully quiet Clarke Quay of mid-afternoon, where only few people stroll by now and then.
For fans of ice cream who've had just about enough with the thick, creamy (and cloying) variety served by many ice cream chains, Haato's offerings provide a good respite for the taste buds. Flavours like my three favourites don't ever cloy but instead refresh the palate, and are excellent as after-dinner dessert. Green tea lovers will thoroughly enjoy the robust flavour of their green tea ice cream, and citrus lovers like myself will delight in the cool, refreshing, light taste of their yuzu sorbet.
Then when we saw the menu, we decided to order their hot food of a hot dog with a side of fries and soup that came with the set. The soup was well, canned. And horrible. Even my friends who were not food connoisseurs or experienced in any form of cooking, could tell. And then goodness. The hotdog came hell of a time to arrive, i even wondered if they were stuffing the dogs on the spot.
Even when the hotdogs came, nothing much to say about it. Though the gelato was excellent, to be honest.
I love their wide range of interesting and unique flavours such as milk tea, rock melon and different kinds of sorbet!
Personally I am a big fan of rum and raisin, thus I am rather particular about it. So far, it has not disappointed me.
I must praise that their milk-based ice cream is not too creamy and neither is it overly sweet. In my opinion, it is just perfect! I never felt queasy even after eating a big scoop all by myself.
I don't mind confessing that I’m greedy when it comes to Haato and Co., because it’s worth it!
Furthermore, it is no doubt, that they are really generous with the serving.
I used to frequent the branch at Nex, but it closed down.
They used to offer me many flavours to try, without pushing me to buy any. Their attentive staff were always full of smiles and they never failed to make my day. Overall, fantastic experience!
The most notable item here is the waffles. I only ever come here for the waffles. I've heard that their hot items are not really up to par so I've never tried them. We had 2 waffles with ice cream. Hazelnut and chocolate gelato. They were creamy and although the ice cream melted while we were eating, the waffles remained crispy. I'm really curious as to how they make it so crispy! This is certainly the best place for waffles in Singapore!!
The waffles weren't soggy at all and they were actually crispy on the outside and done nicely on the inside. I hate soggy wet waffles like the insides haven't been cooked properly.
The next time I got Haato icecream was from the one at clarke quay. Alfresco & super nice place to sit and have icecream because of the design of the shops, matching of the colours and the fact that it is sort of by the river. I had green tea with red bean flavoured icecream.
It was really refreshing even after a full meal- didn't make me feel like gagging. The red beans added to the sweetness since the matcha icecream wasn't even sweet at all (for a sweet tooth like me). The icecream melts really fast but they are very generous with the serving. :)
With unique cones that have a square-shaped base, you’ll be spoilt for choice to choose what ice-cream to fill it with! If you’re looking for that extra edge in your chocolate flavor, you will do well to choose chocolate mint! Besides giving a rich chocolate taste, the mint-flavor will make its presence felt across your whole tongue, giving that refreshing feeling. Otherwise, you could try the all-time favorite cookies and cream, where it gives you the chance to nibble at your chocolate bits while enjoying the sweetness of the ice cream.
The pricing was really fair and understandable. A single cone with one scoop would cost $4.50. But simply top up a dollar and you get to add one more scoop with another flavor! Portions served were just right- it would look like you are carrying a mini torch with the total height of the ice cream piled on top of one another! Totally worth that epic camera shot.
Besides ice cream, they do have waffles- banana chocolate or strawberry flavored, for a reasonable $8.50 each. Scrumptious and reasonably-priced, this Japanese ice-cream brand deserves a good visit!