The Flourist – Interesting Charcoal Mochi Waffle
Tucked in a cosy little corner of Tampines is The Flourist, an intimate and welcoming ice-cream café. If you live in Tampines, you probably would have heard of this place before. However, those unfamiliar with the area may find it a little difficult to locate this cafe, considering how huge Tampines is.
If you are craving something cold and sweet after a meal, The Flourist is a good option for you. Furthermore, they close at 11pm daily, making this an optimal post-dinner hangout spot for you and your pals.
The walls of this quaint ice-cream and waffles cafe are adorned with paintings of colourful flowers, creating a vibrant little interior. The staff here are friendly and welcoming, too.
If you take an eternity to decide on what to order usually, you’ll probably take really long to decide at The Flourist too. It took me at least 10 minutes to shortlist 3 ice-cream flavours.
The gelato here is available in either Standard flavours ($3.80 single scoop, $6.80 double scoop) or Premium/Alcoholic flavours ($4.50 single scoop, $8.60 double scoop). Top up $3 for an additional scoop. A few types of waffles are available too — Plain ($5.50), Tiramisu ($9.90), Banana Brulee ($6.50) and Charcoal Mochi ($6.70). Beverages, and pastries such as salted caramel tart can be found on the menu too.
When we finally decided on our order, we chose a plain waffle with Strawberry Lime ice cream ($9.30). This was a refreshing and fruity option, ideal after a heavy dinner. An intense fresh strawberry flavour permeates the gelato. Perfect for strawberry lovers! The plain waffles come with a sauce. We chose the earl grey caramel, which was amazing! Its characteristic aroma perfumed the warm waffles, introducing some sophistication to the entire dessert. However, I thought the plain waffle had a slightly bitter aftertaste. Perhaps, this comes from an excess of baking powder in the batter? Edit: We found out the bitter aftertaste comes from the lime zest in the ice cream, and is meant to complement the taste of strawberry. Baking powder is not used in the waffles.
We also tried The Flourist’s Charcoal Mochi waffle with Horlicks ice cream and Sea Salt Hokkaido Milk ice cream ($14.60). The crispy waffles were pretty special — it had a thin layer of chewy mochi encased within. While the combination was interesting, I wished that the layer of mochi was thicker for a heightened sensory experience. However, the ice cream was rather well done. The Horlicks ice cream had a rich malt flavour, and tasted truly authentic. Even the distinct slightly bitter aftertaste of Horlicks was captured in their rendition of Horlicks ice cream. The Sea Salt Hokkaido Milk ice cream was exceptionally milky, with specks of sea salt crystals adding texture and a pleasant saltiness. The dessert was then dressed in the same earl grey sauce (as the aforementioned waffle).
In conclusion, The Flourist is worth a try if you are in the area, especially for its interesting gelato flavours. The gelato here is on the richer and creamier side, so if you are a fan of full-bodied flavours, this is the place to visit!
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.