“Made From Scratch.“
Fatcat Ice-cream Bar is probably the newest ice-cream parlour to open this year. (They just opened their doors on 1st January 2015!) Fatcat separates themselves from the long line of ice-cream places all over Singapore, not only by crafting desserts with only the freshest ingredients but also by creating flavours of ice-cream from scratch. What makes Fatcat so special is their exploration & experimentation of the fine dining side of desserts, with fantastic looking & tasting creations for only a margin of what they should be priced at.
Owner Charles (Middle) & his sister (Left), along with my friend who currently works there as a barista, Adrian. (Right)
Fatcat Ice-cream Bar
Fatcat is pretty much a family business, with owner Charles taking the helm of the place. His sister was not only the one who did the interior design of the parlour but also the logo of their brand “Fatcat”. Most of the staff in the place are also filled with close friends as well.
There is a chance that you might have mistaken Fatcat as a cat cafe, but it’s not that at all. The name derived from the qualities of the words “Fat” & “Cat”, as well as a little play on words to meet your expectations when you visit the place.
Inside the parlour.
View of the seating area.
The whole look of the parlour is kept very industrial & dark, with grey and faux brick walls. The place also retains a minimalistic approach, allowing you to focus on their fantastic ice-creams rather than to distract from them. The furniture of the place were actually hand-made in a factory from recycled materials, allowing them to keep cost down. (I was quite impressed, they look very well-made.) The large window facade of the parlour allows a great amount of Sunlight in, which was complemented by the dimly lit hanging lamps.
Freshly churned ice-cream & sorbet!
Menu of Fatcat.
Plated desserts menu of the day.
The key to Fatcat’s uniqueness is their plated desserts. These change every so often, with new creations being rolled out constantly. It is only here that you are able to try fine dining-esque desserts for a fraction of what they would normally go for. Along with these plated desserts (Which are limited, mind you.), their main focus is of course on ice-cream & sorbet. Their ice-cream flavours were created from scratch through experimentation & are freshly churned & blast freezed on the spot. (The creation of ice-cream here is quite high tech, hence no photos allowed inside the kitchen please!)
Prices here are fairly low, with a single scoop going for less than the usual pricing. Even their waffles are priced slightly lower than average. The higher priced items here are the plated desserts, but they are oh-so-pretty & so worth at least trying once. No GST or service fees either!
Cool wooden block in netting serves as your table number.
Hot Chocolate ($4)
My friend, who works as one of the baristas at Fatcat, came up with the recipe for the Hot Chocolate. The special ingredient in the chocolate is actually the shaved Valrhona Guanaja 70% chocolate on top, which adds a nice creaminess to the hot chocolate. The hot chocolate was also quite rich in flavour, one of the better ones I’ve had.
(I’ll like to thank him again for this complimentary hot chocolate that he specially brewed for me.)
Chef-made Marshmallows (5pcs for $4)
These were actually made by the lovely Sophie of “Sophisticakes“, who is also currently one of the staff at Fatcat. (Some of you may know her on Instagram as @sophiensyy)
These were deliciously light, soft & fluffy. It had a slight lime kick to it as well. It did come across as a little too sweet at first, due to the icing sugar, but once it melts in your mouth… (Let’s just say, I wished I could have a 100 of them.)
Lime Mojito Sphere ($4.50 for one)
Now this. This. THIS. This was THE thing that kept showing up on my Instagram feed which haunted me till no end. This was basically one of the reasons I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted to visit Fatcat. (My friend included.)
These were made through spherification, and are actually made on the spot when you order.
Not only do they taste awesome, but these little drops of Heaven were very refreshing. These are definitely a MUST to try. (I also wished I could have a 100 of these. And oh, I can’t seem to stop my CAPS LOCK!)
Banana Nutella Desser ($9)
With Hay & Honey Ice-cream
This was one of the plated desserts that day, a fantastic combination of ice-cream, caramelized bananas & Nutella soil. I thought the soil tasted quite a bit like Ferrero Rocher actually, especially since it also has nuts in it. All in all, this was really good as well. (And oh-so-fancy.)
Gourmet Waffle with 3 scoops of premium ice-cream ($6 & $4.50 x3)
Flavours -> White Peach Sangria Sorbet, Earl Grey Lavender, Butter Beer
Having seen this on Instagram, this was yet another reason for my visit to Fatcat. This is actually a Charcoal Waffle, a first that I’ve come across. (Nope not squid ink.) I thought it was really interesting how they infused charcoal into the waffle. (Usually you take it for stomach flu, no? So if you’re sick, come on down & have some of their charcoal waffles!)
Of course, three scoops are the way to go as well when you’re cafehopping with me. All three of them tasted fantastic, no surprise there.
Wait… what? What’s this?
Yes! The Charcoal Waffles come with SALTED EGG SAUCE! Not only was the waffle was quite soft on the inside & crisp on the outside, but the salted egg sauce just brought the entire dish up to the next level of awesomeness. This tasted really divine, I kid you not. Highly recommended.
(A shout-out to my friend, Dean, who served as my hand model.)
Strawberry Cheesecake ($15)
With Raspberry Sorbet
You can’t deny that the aesthetic of this dish is just superb. The taste was also pretty great, with the combination of a swirl of (I think) Mascarpone cheese blend, chocolate soil & raspberry sorbet merging together to recreate a Strawberry Cheesecake flavour. Really good though I felt that the price was definitely a tad too high.
(Charles himself mentioned that he would be improving this dish. My friend & I thought it was quite fine actually.)
Pistachio & Butter Beer ($4.50×2 for a premium scoop)
I’m not called SuchAFatty for nothing. After trying all their plated desserts & waffle, I still felt like I was missing something.
Well, turns out, sometimes you just gotta stick with a good ol’ scoop of ice-cream without any of the flair. My friend recommended the flavour of Pistachio to me, highlighting that their pistachio nuts come from Sicily. (Well, obviously I can’t pass that up.) It tasted fantastic, with a very prominent pistachio taste. One of the most prominent tasting pistachio ice-creams I’ve ever tasted.
Also had to go for the Butter Beer again. Probably my favourite flavour here. (I’m not a Harry Potter fan though.)
Can you spot the fat cat?
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Though Fatcat has only been opened since yesterday, I kinda feel that they are quite established in terms of their brand identity & their food quality. Everything here is quite fantastic, from their freshly made ice-cream to their Instagram-worthy plated desserts. They are also constantly creating new desserts & new ice-cream flavours. (I even got word of a new purple mojito sphere coming soon. Could it be grape? Could it be berries? Hmm, I’m intrigued.) I would definitely like to head back to try more of their ice-cream & plated desserts, including a few I saw on Instagram but were not on the menu as of yet. (Eggnog & Smoked Lavender Crumble.)
Fatcat Ice-cream Bar
416 Bedok North Avenue 2 #01-25, Singapore 460416
(Nearest train station: Bedok)
Mon, Weds & Thurs: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sun: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Closed on Tuesdays