Ice Cream Chefs
Their super premium ice cream are made in-store, fresh everyday. Their concept is creation where customers select flavours and Size, choose your Mix-Ins and then watch their creation come to life on the Chef's Rock. They have free Hersheys Chocolate sauce included with any mix-ins
The last I checked their website, Ice Cream Chefs have two more outlets, one at Upper Thomson and the other at Mt Faber, but I have not visited either yet. My practice is to call ahead and check for the available flavours because they have a rotating menu. You can see the full menu on their website. I tend to look for flavours like Cha Yen (the same tea used for Thai Iced Tea), Dark Sesame and Milo Peng.
There's free parking behind Ice Cream Chefs so remember to buzz them to lift the barrier for you.
Most of us should be familiar with Cold Stone Creamery where we can either choose from their pre-mixed ice-cream or mix our own. Ice Cream Chefs adopts a very similar approach where you can select a base flavour and add toppings. They have many similar toppings like the peanut butter snack, of which the name eludes my mind at present, and the other common mixes like M&Ms, candy, and the like.
Like I said, the best part of the ice-cream here is affordability. The price of a cup here is probably around 2/3 the price of the same cup of ice-cream at Cold Stone, and to no wonder: it probably incurs lower rent cost since it's not-so-conveniently located.
I wouldn't recommend coming here during 'peak' hours though as the place seems like it would be very uncomfortable if it were crowded indeed. It's small, though I wouldn't say cramped - the presence of many people could possibly change that.
Ice Cream Chefs is quite simply a gem in the East and I would definitely return someday to get some of that good and cheap ice-cream.
I must say though, the fact that they change the flavours each time can kind of be a turn off though because I only managed to get the White Chocolate flavour once and every other time I've been, they didn't have it available.
I visit the East Coast outlet and it is quite small which is nice and cosy when there aren't many people there but can be quite annoying when there's a crowd.
I also like the concept of being able to choose mix-ins. It feels like an 'upgrade' from conventional toppings, haha! Although another popular ice cream branch, Marble Slab Creamery operates with a similar idea, in my opinion it's more well done in ICC - the mixed ice cream is less melted, as the staff are very efficient in mixing the toppings in.
Do visit with a friend or two to try the creative flavours!
My favourite would be Almond Jelly. Unique I know, I got hooked on the first try, although they only have that occasionally. The almond jelly taste is really distinct and it does feel like I'm eating almond jelly - only creamier and more indulgent! Other great flavours include Bandung, Milk tea and Milo Peng, which incorporate Singapore's local hawker drinks into icecream, which I think is a tremendously innovative idea.
I appreciate how generous they are with their servings and mix ins, always filling the cup as much as it can contain and being very consistent in their serving sizes. I also like how the place is small so it is very cosy, a great place to chat with friends especially in the afternoons when they are not crowded! The only downside is that on weekends they are pretty crowded at night so don't expect to be able to get a seat as seats are really limited.
ICC is surely a place I would go over and over again just to try all their intriguing flavours!
I tried the watermelon ice cream with gummy bears of my choice mixed in and got hooked on from then. That is the real treat! It is like eating frozen watermelon balls by the scoop. So refreshing! It's ain't too sweet and has just the perfect creamy texture. But they do not have that everyday. They have some other local-favourite beverage flavours like 'Teh' and 'milo peng' which are also very delectable. You can choose to have some little toppings added in for an added crunch or bite.
I usually get the ice cream and stroll back to the car as the place is quite small and seats are really limited. The ice cream tastes better on a stroll!
Lucky for us, Ice Cream Chefs was right down the road. There were quite a few customers at that time, most of them with younger kids who were happily eating their ice creams. Initially, we couldn't find any seats and had to wait awhile before we got some.
I took awhile to decide what flavour of ice cream to get, before deciding to get the rose syrup flavored one because I love Bandung and I was hoping that it would taste similar to that. It didn't taste quite similar, very much more milky than I would have liked, but it was still good. The ice cold ice cream on a sweltering hot day just hit the spot for me that day.
I wasn't an adventurous person, so every time I would simply order those chocolate assorted flavors. I love all the ice cream that I have tried there so far. Despite a hater for really sweet stuff, I love ice cream chefs’ ice cream for being be not-too-sweet. Their waffles taste great too, and overall they are picture-perfect.
One disappointing fact would be the fact that the place is really cramp and small (I went to the east coast branch). I would really like to sit inside there for once but usually when I go, only the outside seats are available. Would definitely try more of their other flavors next time!
What I love most is the interior design of Ice Cream Chefs. The walls are vibrantly decorated with pictures and well-wishes from customers who have enjoyed the service there. I also had the opportunity to watch the ice-cream chefs prepare my ice cream. I was really amazed.
What I don't like, however, are the awkward locations of the outlets. The outlets are relatively difficult to find especially the ones located around HDB blocks. I would recommend Ice Cream Chefs to those who are looking for a new and unique ice cream experience. However, I find that there are many other ice-cream eateries which offer creamier ice-creams worth the price
Even though personally, I'm not too much of a fan of ice cream, what really appealed to me was the huge variety of flavours and mix-ins, and of course, it was fun to see the Chefs mashing and mixing the ice cream around. Furthermore, the atmosphere of the place is comfortable and light-hearted, with simplistic interior. It’s a great place to just sit around, have some of the really delicious ice cream mixes and just chatting with friends.
Moreover, the prices there are really reasonable, so much that even secondary school students like we were could afford it.