Taste and Texture: Gelato Sole

DSCN9920The counter at Gelato Sole.

Texture is a big thing for me.

Some of my favorite foods I love because of their texture, the meaty crunch of pork cheek, the chewiness of squid and the buttery mouthfeel of escolar/white tuna/poopy fish.

I’m extremely appreciative of thoughtful chefs who play with texture, contrasting different textural elements on a plate, bringing them deliciously into sharp relief. It gives their food an additional dimension and makes it a joy to eat. 

DSCN9919Gelato Sole.

If you look at the “about” section in this blog, you’d see that ice cream is my other joy-to-eat. And nothing showcases taste and texture quite like ice cream.

I’ve been all over sunny Singapore, looking for that perfect scoop. You name it and I’ve probably been there. Something that is distressingly prevalent is that even though the flavors are usually good, the textures wouldn’t match up. It sometimes boggles me that we won’t put up with bad flavors, but we will tolerate bad texture. Nothing irks me more than having rough ice crystals in my ice cream. 

DSCN9778Mecroche and coffee.

So what makes good ice cream? I’m looking for texture that is either light, airy and delicate (think liquid nitrogen frozen espumas and paco-jetted ice cream) or chewy, dense and luscious. Nothing in between please (although I have a weakness for soft-serve.) Which is why I love gelato. But I haven’t found anything in Singapore that approximates that authentic lush density. Then a few months ago, K-Dubs and I stumbled across Gelato Sole, hidden in the basement of United Square.

DSCN9879Gianduia and mango.

I was so taken with my first mouthful of their gelato, it was the chocolate-hazelnut gianduia, and it felt like I’d finally found something that I ‘d lost. It was superb. Definitely the best gelato in Singapore. But I say that with reservations.

Reservations because not all the flavors there taste as good. The cioccolato (chocolate), mecroche; which taste and feel like a Ferrero Rocher, nocciola (hazelnut), cookies and coffee are all excellent. But the pistachio and anything strawberry are surprisingly not so good. Their tiramisu and whisky cream, normally slam dunks, are disappointingly a little off and to the sweet side. Of their fruit based flavors stick to the limetta (lime), which is always good and their mango, which strangely can range from good to very good, because the intensity of flavor varies. Which brings me to my other point on why I have reservations on them having the best ice cream in town.

DSCN9884The newly made gelato (full tubs) usually have better texture than those lying out.

Consistency. They have what could be, and should be the best durian ice cream I’ve tried. The first few times I had it, it was truly phenomenal, intensely flavorful, luscious yet airy (seems to be a contradiction, but when they work their magic they seem to defy physics.) It was like they whipped up a whole bunch of durians and combined it with whipped cream. Yet lately, the D24 durian ice cream just doesn’t have that same oomph. Maybe it’s because I tried it the first time during the peak of durian season.

DSCN9924D24 durian gelato. When they get it right, it’s phenomenal. The best durian ice cream around.

It’s also really unfortunate that sometimes I can get lush, decadent gelato with that chewy, dense mouthfeel I love, yet other times, even with the same flavor, I don’t get that texture.

I hope it’s not because of poor quality control. Once when I got a chunk of pure ice in my gelato, I told the young Italian man on a laptop behind the counter, he had a shaved head and glasses. It wasn’t a complaint; I didn’t want a refund or another scoop, I just wanted him to know so maybe he could avoid it in the future. He just shrugged his shoulders and went back to his computer.

But I love the place. It’s one of two of my favorites, the other being Tom’s Palette. When they get it right, it is the only place in Singapore to get authentic gelato.

DSCN9921Strawberries and strawberries with yogurt.

DSCN9915Pistachio and cookies.

DSCN9927Prices

DSCN8899One more!

 

Gelato Sole

United Square #B1-K4

101 Thomson Road

Singapore 307591

Tel: 9040-6195

http://www.gelatosole.com

Open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Recommended flavors

Gianduia, mecroche, nocciola, cioccolato, cookies, limetta, mango and durian.

Price range

One scoop cone, $3.80; two scoops cone, $6.80; two scoops cup, $5.60; three scoops cup $7.20; four scoops cup $8.10; take away ½ liter, $14.80; take away one liter, $28.80

27 responses to “Taste and Texture: Gelato Sole

  1. Such beautiful colors and wonderful creaminess… why did you have to post this first thing in the morning, I am ruined for the whole day.

  2. Hi Sarah!

    Haha sorry. Is there a good gelato place near you? Maybe you can go there after. Hopefully that thought will sustain you through the day.

    Thanks for dropping by. Comments are always appreciated. It’s encouraging to see that people still read my blog after not posting for some time!

  3. Gelato flavors especially those fruit based, which depends on seasonal sweetness are susceptible to inconsistency (I), like you mentioned, strawberries, durian, mango. The other consistency (II) which I’m more particular about is the texture & “chewiness” and overrun of gelato & ice creams. It’s also hard to get pistachio right and that, Tom’s Palette has succeeded. You tried theirs?

  4. Hi Ice:

    Yeah one of the reasons why I love gelato sole is their dense chewy texture. They have less overrun than the other ice cream places I think. The resulting ice cream has less air in it and makes it a real please to eat. – well when they get it right.

    Have you been there?

    I looove Tom’s Palette. But I’ve never had their pistachio. Hmmm… An excuse to go there again!

  5. Tom Palatte’s Pistachio is the BOMB!

  6. Ooops I meant, *Palette

  7. Aargh why have I not tried the pistachio there?!?! Haha understandable typo, at least it wasn’t “palate.”

  8. your entry is making me crave for icecream right now haha. Tom’s top on my list for now, but im so getting a cup of Gsole the next time i visit United Square (:

  9. Hmmm. I live quite close to Beach Road and yet I’ve never tried Tom’s Palette. Shall make a trip down there today! :)

  10. Hi John

    Oh man you have to try it! Some of their flavor combinations are a little weird. But they have consistently great texture for their ice cream. Definitely one of my favorites.

    They have a flavor there… Grandma’s something … can’t remember the name specifically… that’s a good one to try. Well try all of them. They are very patient with doling out tasters.

    Let me know what you think of them.

  11. It’s called granny’s favourite! :D It’s quite disappointing that cookies was not available on my previous trip to gelato sole :((

  12. Is the loyalty card still available? =)

  13. Hi Natalie! Aww, so what flavor did you try since there wasn’t that cookies?

    I don’t think so, they don’t give them out anymore. I remember asking because I forgot my card, but they said they were out and that she would “remember” and stamp my card when I come back.

  14. I tried their after eight mint choc, vanilla and choc and Nocciola. Haha! xD. Oh so sad no loyalty card :(( Anw the service wasnt veri gd at the united square outlet D:

  15. I really like their mecroche as well. Yeah service isn’t one of their strong points. But the gelato is good. There isn’t another outlet beside the one at United Square right?

  16. There is another outlet at ang mo kio, jubilee centre. :D I think just opened tis yr but i havent been to that outlet too.(:

  17. Oh wow ok thanks didn’t know that.

  18. np (: Any other flavours u recommend at gelato sole? :D

  19. I really like their durian gelato. But only during durian season. It hasn’t been as flavorful when not in season.

  20. Oh. When is the durian season? The previous time i went there i saw durian was available but did not try it :((

  21. Durian season is now! June to August.

  22. woah i hope durian would be available on my next trip! :D Thanks alot! (:

  23. You’re welcome Natalie!

  24. I personally enjoy the best durian gelato from Alfero Artisan Gelato located at Marina Square #02 level. You can come down and talk to Mr Alfero from Italy himself there. Worth buying no joke better than 5 star hotel.

  25. Thanks for the tip Ifa! Will check it out!

  26. Yes, Alfero Artisan Gelato at Marina Square is top notch!!! MUST TRY!! if you’re in it for the texture, you’ll be in loooooovvveeee… they have a special way of storing their gelato, sealed tight away from light and air, and man, their staff kept offering samples! you just gotta try em all!!! ooooohh yess, if you’re a durian lover… its heaven in there…

  27. I tried Alfero too! Their gelato de quality damn good ><

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