“Hide away from all the hustle and bustle.”
The Hideout is a quaint little cafe that specializes in artisan Italian gelato. The parlour is a recent addition to the quiet neighbourhood, and a very short distance away from Maple & Market. Though their main focus is on Italian gelato, they also offer up some proper food such as pastas & pizzas to fill your stomach if you’re looking for something savoury.
Interior of the parlour.
Vintage signs. It’s Mickey!
Fancy knick knacks for decor.
The look of the place is very cosy & homely. Some various vintage signs are hung around, with some cute knick knacks for decor. The place is definitely designed more towards the family demographic, with an overal pastel tone, with hints of colour here & there. The hanging lights reminded me of the ones from Creamier. (Probably because it’s almost the exact same ones used there.) The whole parlour is very clean & sleek, not to mention there’s enough wiggle room to manoeuvre around. (Unlike some places.. ahem.) There is definitely some presence of design & sophistication here, as magazines Kinfolk & Vulture are available for you to browse through. (They also make fantastic photography shots for those inclined to display them with the food.)
The humble gelato selection.
Various desserts, great for pairing with a scoop.
Savoury menu of The Hideout.
Waffles, waffles, waffles!
The Hideout’s main focus is actually their artisan Italian gelato that’s made in-house. (Do note that gelato is not the same as ice-cream, if you need to know the difference, Google is a click away.) Along with their range of gelato flavors, they also offer various desserts such as lava cakes & apples pies for you to pair them with. The food here are all made personally in-house, none from suppliers. (A huge relief.)
Aside from their gelato & desserts, The Hideout also has a small selection of pastas & pizzas, some filler for your stomach if you’re not keen on dessert. I do think there’s sort of a con to having both savoury & sweet options, as the gelato selection of The Hideout isn’t as extensive as other ice-cream parlours. Fortunately, they have managed to keep the quality consistent & both sides are done quite well, though choices may be more limited.
Prices here are quite low as well, especially since they’re situated in a quiet neighbourhood. No GST or service fees either!
Cafe Mocha ($5.50)
I actually thought I was going to get one of those typical cups of jo with the latte art and all. I was pleasantly surprised when this was served instead.
The coffee here is pretty good, nicely brewed, slight hint of chocolate.
Tagliatella Carbonara ($12.90)
Having seen their Carbonara on a few other reviews, I persuaded my friend to give it a try. (Since I’ve had my fair share of the dish & was getting sick of it.)
Verdict? I regretted not ordering it for myself. The Carbonara here was superb, one of the much better ones I’ve had. Both of my friends found it quite delicious as well, and my friend who ordered it gobbled it up before I even started on mine. (Then again, I was busy with my photography. Oops.)
Seafood Aglio Olio ($14.90)
I tend to go for Aglio whenever I want something light instead.
The Aglio here was not bad, the quantity of seafood was respectable & the flavour was alright. The one thing that got to me was that the spaghetti wasn’t cooked long enough. Just a few more minutes & it would have hit Al Dente.
All three of us unanimously agreed that the Carbonara was better.
Bacon & Mushroom Pizza ($12.90)
The first thing that one of my friends exclaimed when he first saw this was “Oh, it’s so small?!” I’ve actually seen it on a review previously, so I knew what I was getting into. Besides, we were going to order desserts as well, so it was fine to me.
Of course with the price, don’t be expecting some huge New York pizza. This is more towards the gourmet Italian style pizza, hence it’s rectangle shape. Apart from the size, it was actually really good. Tasted great & had a nice crispy crust. (It was also cut into four triangle pieces, which I thought was kinda.. unique?)
Nutella Lava Cake with Ice-Cream ($8.90)
I originally noticed their Red Velvet Lava Cake displayed on their television screens & wanted to order that. Unfortunately, I was told it was a special for a certain month but it would be back in December. (Bugger.)
I decided to settle for the Nutella variation & added a scoop of Pistachio gelato. The gelato is usually separated in a dish, but I requested for the scoop to be on top the cake, thinking it would make for better photography.
The lava cake ended up being too soft for the gelato & it got squished right when it was served. (Hence the photo, I tried my best to salvage it.) The cake was delicious though, as you can see, it was really soft on the inside, which was great. The Pistachio gelato really complemented the cake as well. Sadly, the Nutella in the lava cake wasn’t as prominent as I would’ve hope.
Banana-Tella Waffle & One Scoop of Ice-Cream ($10.90 + $3 for each additional scoop of ice-cream)
I would ALWAYS order at least 3 or more scoops of ice-cream/gelato on whatever waffle I order. (Yes, I’m THAT crazy. Yes, it’s a perk of going cafehopping with me.) We went with Peanut Butter Crunch, Dark Chocolate & Bubblegum.
Dark Chocolate was recommended to us as one of their more popular flavours. I chose Bubblegum as it stood out to me, and it tasted really good as well, not your generic bubblegum flavour. The one downside I found was that their choices of gelato were quite limited that day, I was uninterested in half of the flavours & the unique ones I saw on reviews were nowhere to be found.
Anyway, the waffle was quite crispy in texture, something that I didn’t particularly fancy but one my friends loved the crispy texture. The caramelized bananas were wonderful & paired with the entire dish quite well. The gelato all tasted quite delicious too.
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
The Hideout is definitely one of those underrated cafes out there. When my friends & I headed there on a weekend, we were quite surprised to find it empty. The food here is quite good & their gelato selection is quite nice as well. Though choices of both are quite limited, the quality is definitely there. The Hideout is worth a visit, it’s a great place to chill & hang out, especially since it’s situated in such a quiet & secluded neighbourhood.
Blk 32 Cassia Cresent #01-50, Singapore 390032
(Nearest train station: Mountbatten)
Mon: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed – Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm