Swensen's Cafe RestaurantHot
In 1948, when Earle Swensen opened his first Ice Cream Shoppe in San Francisco atop Russian Hill, offering his ice cream as "Good as Father Used to Make", little did he realize that Swensen's would be today, a name synonymous with extraordinary delicious ice cream the world ever known. Since then, more than 180 flavors of ice cream have been created and enjoyed by both young and old, making Earle Swensen's "America's Ice Cream Man". Ice cream lovers certainly agreed because today, there are over 200 Swensen's ice cream outlets all over the world including Asia, the Middle East, USA and South America. Swensen's came to Singapore in 1979, and won the hearts of many with delicious ice cream sundaes in a warm, unpretentious ambience and a casual atmosphere. Friends and family meet in the cozy and comfortable booth seats with trademark tiffany lamps for relaxing meals or to celebrate special occasions. Swensen's has developed over the years to become a restaurant chain offering not only ice cream, but fun and friendly casual-dining with a wide selection of hearty food, desserts, beverages, ice cream cakes and takeaway novelties. Now a household name in Singapore, Swensen’s is synonymous with sweet memories of good time spent with loved ones. Since the opening of the first 200-seater restaurant at Thomson Plaza in 1979, Swensen’s has expanded to over 20 full-service restaurants serving an all-day menu of food and ice cream sundaes, and continues to bring people together for hearty meals and shared memories.
Despite its shrinking, not in inches but height, I continue to hunt for this delicacy. The best portion is actually the thin base of the cake, tasting like cold soft snow on your tongue.
Online Orders for Ice Cream Cake with more than 100 designs to choose from, is available at - http://swensens.com.sg/order.html
The price range is from $45/ kg.
Swensen’s Menu is also easily accessible on their website - http://swensens.com.sg/menu.html
I personally embrace the pastas, fish and chips, breaded chicken meuniere, meatballs in pepper sauce and other more in the sides menu. These are all the safe food that I’ve chosen as it will be more sensible to head down to a proper grill house to get your meat grill properly and to an authentic Wagyu restaurant to get the best piece of beef slice.
Burgers, pastas and pizza have lesser chances to go wrong. If you are adventurous, do dive into other dishes in the menu. Otherwise, be reminded that Swensen’s Signature is still their Iicklicious Desserts.
The price range for dine in - above $25 for main course and drinks.
The ambience is great for a party group, or chiling out couples. Just be mindful to avoid Swensens situated in crowded Shopping malls during peak hours as it can get really rowdy inside the restaurant.
Bukit Panjang Plaza, West Mall, Clementi Mall, NorthPoint, IMM, City Square Mall are the more quiet outlets.
Some of the items on their menu include burgers, sandwiches, pasta and finger food such as calamari rings and chicken wings. My favourite dish from the menu is the Crayfish pasta as I am a die hard fan of tomato based seafood pasta. I’d recommend students to visit Swensen’s on a weekday during lunch time as they offer a 1 for 1 deal. As such, having lunch at Swensen’s would be affordable despite the relatively high prices of their main courses.
Back to the ice cream buffet, Swensen’s has the largest variety I have seen. They have so many ice cream flavours, you can’t try all in a single session. I also looove their waffles which are so delicious and fluffy. Not as good as Sunday Folks, but amazing all the same. The ice cream flavour you HAVE to try is the sticky chewy chocolate. It’s sticky, chewy, chocolatey and simply heavenly. You can also add sauces such as butterscotch and fudge, and any combination with sticky chewy chocolate tastes like perfection.
Swensen’s Ice Cream buffet also have desserts like cream puffs, fondue and cake, but after trying all the ice cream, there’s hardly enough room in my stomach to squeeze in more dessert. It’s so satisfying to leave Swensen’s high on sugar.
Comparatively I would say Cold stone, seven heaven, salted caramel for youngsters, and Swensen's for families. This is base on the match between atmosphere and creativeness of food served to the prices. Those happening ice cream stores are better value for dollar esp with all the fancy biscuits they add to your chunk. So as a 20 years old I wouldn't go for Swensens, but i would recommend it for any family out there! :)
Btw anyone knows where's marvelous cream hiding?
That aside, the main course dishes are pretty mediocre. They don't contain much of a wow factor. I stick to the burgers that they serve because they're one of the only dishes that actually has a reasonable price. Some of their food can be rather overpriced considering how they don't even taste that great.
Nothing about it stands out, but one nice thing I can say about it is that their store layout is great for big groups, and a good "compromise" location when you have lots of people with different suggestions on where to eat.
Fast-forward to now, the food has lost its special flavour and I think it is because they are rushing with the cooking. I mean, yes, great service in its speed but I feel that the cooking process is sacrificed. The Swensen's Cafe that I go to in Clementi, West Mall, and IMM are noisy and filled with children. In the past, they used to be nice and quiet. Unfortunately, I must express my disappointment at the loss of what used to be a wonderful restaurant.
I love their salmon and mushroom pasta but sadly, the size of the serving has shrunk. It used to be enormous and filling but now, it is hardly filling. Besides pasta, Swensen's serves many other western food like burgers, pizzas and steaks. Their fish and chips has also been consistent in terms of quality. New food is always coming out on the menu to attract return customers.
I like going to Swensen's on my birthday as there is always complimentary fireworks ice-cream. As mentioned earlier, an all time favourite is their banana split ice-cream. Adventurous eaters can try their sizzling ice-cream crumble which is served hot. Another all time favourite pick is the earthquake which is best shared with friends as it is quite a big serving.
This is one restaurant I would always return to for comfort food, warm ambience and of course the ice-cream!
The ambience in Swensens is more like a family restaurant than a typical westernised restuarant. The service you get feels more sincere and warm instead of just being polite and professional. I guess that is what make this place different from the others, and draws me back to past memories when i was younger :)
My favourite main course is their fish and chips and their baked rice. Their fish and chips is a chunky piece of fillet which is fresh and tasty. The meat is not dry or flunky compared to normal fish and chips in other places. And be careful, it is hot on the inside. As for the baked rice, the ones i like are the chicken baked rice and curry chicken baked rice. The cheese melts and entangles itself together with the rice as you bite into it. But one complaint is that the chicken chunks become very dry after being baked.
The ice cream. Swensen's ice cream may not be comparable to premium ice cream like andersons and haagendaz in terms of the taste and texture. However, they make it fully via their innovations. A must try is the earthquake which is a whopping 8 scoops of ice cream with 8 toppings of your choice. Don't attempt this alone.
Main course that I’ve tried would be fish and chips, Swensen’s seafood combo, grilled fish sambal and pesto salmon.
Going straight to their ice cream options. For sundaes, I love their banana split which is strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice cream with chocolate fudge, strawberry and pineapple toppings, fresh banana slices and almonds. Also, another favourite would be hot fudge sundae which is 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge and almonds.
For those, who are craving nutty sundaes I would recommend you go for macadamia mania which is macadamia nut ice cream topped with whole macadamia nuts, hot fudge and caramel. It’s worth mentioning that the hot fudge and caramel just melts in your mouth like honey which is awesome! Top that of macadamia nuts, I’m in heaven! Nutty mighty would be for those who would like a mix of 3 flavours of ice cream. Namely chocolate peanut buttercup, macadamia and mocha almond fudge.
Another favourite in Swensen’s for most people would be their all-time favourtie sticky chewy chocolate. It is made up of the sticky chewy chocolate ice cream completely engulfed by hot fudge. How sinful!
Sizzling pans such as banana crumble and mega sundae options available if you’re looking to share.
Main courses aren't that bad either. Grilled Half Spring Chicken with fries can be shared among two persons and you may add on soup with drink to complete a meal. The pasta selection is one of my choice as the spaghetti is tangy and the sauce like cream based is thick and yummy. However, I won't choose seafood pasta as I don't find them fresh.
Best of all, if you celebrate your birthday at Swensen's, a sundae will be treated on the house and who doesn't like Swensen's ice cream! Apart from it is foc (free-of-charge), what matters most is the food quality. Having Swensen's membership card also entitles you to have $1 off on drinks and can earn points for future rebation.