Ice cream is one of the most basic desserts that almost everyone likes. From kids, to adults, to even the old. There’s just something about it that can brighten up anyone’s day. If you’re on the lookout for new ice cream shops to check out, you might want to spare some time for this.
A new gelato cafe has opened up on the second floor of a shophouse at Tanjong Pagar, the go-to place for hipster cafes with good food, and it’s called Cotta.
This little cafe is located directly opposite O.BBa Jjajang, so you can easily head over for some sweet treats after you’re done with your Korean barbecue to escape the sweltering heat.
Once you enter, you’ll realise that it has a tall ceiling and warm lighting to give off a homely vibe. The cafe is rather small as it can only cater to five tables for dine-in at one time, but that’s what makes it cosy.
There are a total of eight gelato flavours you can choose from, and to be honest, they are pretty unique and interesting because you don’t really see some of them being offered elsewhere. A single scoop will cost you S$5, a double scoop will cost you S$9, and for premium flavours, you would have to top up an additional S$1.
For a start, one unique flavour is their Gorgonzola with Candied Pecans gelato ice cream. For the uninitiated, Gorgonzola is actually blue cheese, and when taken as it is, some people may not be able to stand the distinct smell it gives off. However, the Gorgonzola ice cream that Cotta offers is a milder version of it that is still savoury and will definitely be more bearable for you to try!
Not that adventurous? Indulge in their Roasted Corn with Brown Butter Salted Caramel instead. This features ice cream that is made from fresh corns being roasted and cold-pressed for a smooth creamy texture. It is topped off with a drizzle of brown butter salted caramel sauce, so that you get the best of both worlds of sweet and savoury.
If you prefer something a little sweeter, try their Muscat Grape sake flavour. It’s described to be similar to the Yakult grape flavour that we used to chug during our childhood, with a hint of sake. This is a must-try for ice cream and alcohol lovers!
Other ice cream options include Pink Guava Lime, House Matcha Blend & Cookies, Violet & Berries, 80% Dark Chocolate French Rose, and Sicilian Pistachio.
And of course, ice cream goes the best with waffles, so treat yourself by adding on the Cotta Waffles for an additional S$6 so that you can have a complete dessert experience.
Look at those golden-brown waffles! So crispy yet airy!
Other than ice cream, Cotta also serves a variety of desserts that are made fresh daily. Matcha lovers would be delighted to know that they currently offer a Matcha Goma Cookie Sandwich (S$7) and a Matcha Yuzu Tart (S$9).
Those who like their desserts with a little kick and numbness may enjoy the Dark Chocolate Sichuan Peppercorn Tart (S$9).
Quench your thirst with Cotta’s selection of beverages as you enjoy your ice cream and waffles. They offer both coffee and non-coffee drinks, but if you’re looking to have a taste of something different, try out any of their four specialty drinks or refreshers.
The Cotta (S$9) is a cold beverage that contains pistachio cream, espresso, and milk. For something a little more instaworthy, you might want to go with the Orange Osmanthus Cloud (S$8) or the Coconut Charcoal Einspanner (S$8) instead.
And for those of you who prefer hot drinks, there’s also the Millitary Latte (S$8) which contains matcha, cocoa, and espresso.
The menu will be refreshed frequently so that more unique and tasty flavours can be introduced. If you’re in the area, definitely do drop by to try out their interesting gelato flavours before they get removed from the menu!
Cotta is located at 104A Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088524 and is open from 1.30pm – 10.30pm (Tues – Fri) and 12.30pm – 10.30pm (Sat & Sun).