Having heard and read so much about this little local ice cream parlour, my friends and I have been craving to try it. Unfortunately for us, they weren’t open the first time we tried going there on a Sunday. Hence, we decided to seize the opportunity to pay this place a visit after our dinner in nearby Orchard.
Located on the first floor of Shaw Towers and surrounded by many eateries such as the recently opened Oversea Restoran from Kuala Lumpur, Tom’s Palette attracts its own fair share of loyal customers and ice-cream lovers looking for good, homemade ice cream. Utilizing quality ingredients and a generous dash of creativity, the owners of Tom’s Palette have and continue to concoct various unusual and delicious flavours.
The range of flavours available was pretty large from classic favourites such as rum and raisin to flavours which are more suited to local tastes such as Kumquat and Horlicks. The very thing I enjoyed about their service is that unlike some other ice cream parlours, the service staff were very happy and willing to let the customers try as many flavours they’d like. The service staff even made sure I had tried the flavours I had decided upon such that they we’re sure one would be satisfied with their choices. This is what I call good service!
I chose a medium cup of ice cream with the flavours Granny’s Favourite and Chocolate Stout. Granny’s Favourite turned out to be a hit amongst all my friends as it was a chocolate ice cream that wasn’t too rich and had amazing chunks of malt within. Smooth and creamy, the ice cream was also dotted with small chocolate chips that added a crunch within. A chocolate lover through and through, I ordered the chocolate stout which as the name suggests is an alcoholic variant of chocolate ice cream made using stout (a dark beer). Although the alcohol wasn’t as strong as I was used to in other ice cream parlours, nonetheless this was a good concoction as there was a nice balance between the sweet chocolate flavour and the slightly bitter stout.
My friend chose the Granny’s Favourite as well and the Black Beauty, which was a very fruity and tropical berry-based flavour. With generous chunks of berries within the ice-cream, this flavour was rather sweet and tangy. L particularly enjoyed the combination of this frutilicious flavour with the more chocolate and savoury nature of the Granny’s Favourite.
Unlike us, my other friend is a greater fan of vanilla-based flavours and went along with the salted caramel cheesecake and rum and raisins. The salted caramel cheesecake flavour was a pretty good rendition of this increasingly common flavour: the cheese flavour wasn’t as strong or sweet as other places which was something I thought good as it won’t put one off the ice cream after a couple of mouthfuls! The smooth and subtle sweet caramel taste together with the hint of salt made this flavour another winner! Tom’s Palette also did a good job with the classic flavour Rum & Raisin, but again while the rum taste was evident, I would prefer the alcohol be a tad bit more pronounced.
Offered in 3 different sizes, Small ($2.80), Medium ($3.70) and Large ($4.70), one can choose up to 2 flavours in each cup. If you’d like to bring home a tub to share, they also offer a take home pack with up to 3 flavours at $12.50. Very reasonable prices indeed! Tom’s Palette also offers numerous discounts to students, so check with them if you qualify!
Tom’s Palette was sure worth the long wait to try. With its wide range of interesting concoctions and classic flavours, cheery service staff and cheap prices, Tom’s Palette is definitely worth a visit if you enjoy homemade ice-cream.
100 Beach Road #01-25
Shaw Leisure Gallery
Closed Last Sunday of the Month