Icebox Café on Rangoon Road (Permanently closed)

Icebox Café (Permanently Closed)
89 Rangoon Road
#01-02
Singapore 218375

Opening Hours
Tue-Sun: 12pm – 10pm
Fri-Sat: 12pm-11pm
Closed on Mondays

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$9.50

So last Sunday after a lovely staycation at Hotel Jen, one of my friends suggested we try  Icebox Café, the newly-opened, 100% halal, Muslim-owned, Korean bingsu place near Farrer Park MRT. In case you didn’t know, Bingsu is a popular dessert from Korea comprising shaved frozen milk with sweet toppings that run the gamut from cut fruits, to condensed milk, to oreo cookies. Bingsu cafes are evvvvvrywhere in Singapore right now, but Icebox Café is the first halal bingsu café in Singapore.

We were the first to arrive – literally, the owner Mus was still putting the chairs out at the storefront, but he gave us a warm – if slightly apologetic – welcome. Off to a good start.

According to Mus they were still not done tricking out the place, but I liked what I saw:

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The cosy corner where my friends and I sat. Also, wake your ass up says the rooster!

 

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Lovely! The computer in the corner plays music videos for a bit of a party/chill vibe. I’m not sure if they accept requests, but that would be awesome (if, a little disruptive).

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The counter area with assorted gelato

 

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MILK COOKIE SHOTS!!!! Probably inspired by Dominique Ansel Bakery’s version in New York City! I will forever regret seeing this ONLY as we were leaving the place 😦

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Love the lighting, très Parisian salon (omg so step)

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LOVE THIS MADNESS. “Jolok motosikal ya bang?”

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Closeup of the hanging bike of Babylon

Icebox Café’s menu has some range and is definitely skewed towards the sweet-toothed diner:

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Shakes in your face!! So great. Also note the slogan of the cafe: Take a chill pill. NOICE.

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The toast selection is not for the faint-hearted.

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Nasi Lemak available Fri-Sun! For when you want to take your family here, but then the older people need proper food. The ‘braided’ is regrettable, but I forgive them because they were the loveliest people

The first thing we ordered was the Turon (S$4.50), which is a local play on a Filipino delicacy of the same name, consisting of jackfruit and banana wrapped in popiah skin. Icebox went a little further and added ice cream and grated cheese into the mix:

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YUMMMM this was really good you guys! I love any dessert with warm, gooey banana, and jackfruit (ahem Krave’s cempedak crème brulee) so this was an automatic winner for me. The sweetness of the fruit fillings paired with the slight saltiness of the cheese, and combined with the melty ice cream and chocolate sauce to form a veritable party in my mouth. So, so good. And at only S$4.50?! What a steal. 10/10

One of us ordered the Salty Mr Brown Milkshake (S$12.90) which had salted caramel, smores, a wafer and a cookie, drizzled with chocolate sauce.

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I had a sip of this and found it truly, truly decadent. I loved the caramel taste of the milkshake, and the fluffy marshmellows were heavenly, but in the perennial fight between shakes and freezes, I’m an ice-blended girl through and through, so this was not for me. Oh but they do have plenty of options in case you’re not totally into sweet stuff, like the Iced Peppermint Cucumber Tea (S$3) which is perfect for cooling off on a hot day. I thought this was a little too sweet, and personally I would probably have regular drinks next time and save my sweetness quota for the other desserts. 7.5/10

For the main event we selected the Chocolatey Banana Delight Bingsu (S$12.90):

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A mountain of yum

The bowl came together with a small shot of milky syrup as a sweetener, which we drizzled all over the ice. YUMMM. So the bananas, the chocolate powder, the vanilla ice cream, and the chocolate sauce, were all top notch and tasted delicious. For real, I mean who does not like the combination of banana and chocolate?  As for the shaved ice, I have to say, I wish the taste had been a little more milky and a little sweeter, but the texture was really great – super soft, and snowy. The sweetness issue was also mitigated by the aforementioned milky syrup, so overall it still tasted pretty fantastic. 8/10

We spoke to owner Mus, who said they were still working on perfecting the taste of the ice. However, he said they couldn’t make the frozen milk too sweet, as it would lower the melting temperature of the ice, and so the ice shavings wouldn’t hold up as long. Fair enough. One other comment we had was that we wished it wasn’t just all the sweet stuff up top, and then all the ice at the bottom – we wanted more layers, so maybe more chocolate and banana layers in the middle of all that ice. We were told they would work on that after getting the ice taste right, so we shall see! I’ll definitely be coming back to this cafe to try more flavours of the Bingsu.  

After all of the goodness above, finally came the Injeolmi Toast (S$5.90), which contained steamed Korean rice cakes, drizzled with honey, dusted with powdered soybean, and topped with vanilla ice cream (I think the vanilla ice-cream is again an Icebox addition).

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Orange you glad to see me?

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OMGGGG

The Injeolmi took forever to come (we were forewarned of the 20-min wait upon placing our order), but boy was it worth it. As I bit down on the toast, there was a satisfying crunch and a delicious sweetness filled my mouth – I believe that was the honey and butter from the toast. The whole thing was really sweet and super rich, so it’s not the thing for you unless you’re a sweet tooth. Which, I am, thanks. The ice cream helped to cut the richness of it a little with the cold texture, so you don’t get super jelak of it. I would still recommend this for sharing though; there is no way I would’ve been able to finish this all by myself and still keep my legs, after all the other items. 8.5/10

All in all, I think Icebox Cafe is a great addition to the halal foodscape in Singapore – the owners are delightful, and endlessly patient with all the questions I and other diners had, the prices are very reasonable, and the selection is pretty impressive (you can’t get anymore diverse than Nasi Lemak and Korean Shaved Ice). I will definitely bring more of my friends here so we can try out all the other things on the menu, like the milk cookie shots!! And actually I’m quite curious about the nasi lemak. Will see if I can try it soon and put up a review!

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(R-L) Mus, his beautiful sister, and I think Mus’ mum-in-law who was making the goodies in the back. They were so, so nice!!! Sorry ’bout my muka sopan.

Icebox Café  (Permanently Closed)
89 Rangoon Road
#01-02
Singapore 218375

Opening Hours
Tue-Sun: 12pm – 10pm
Fri-Sat: 12pm-11pm
Closed on Mondays

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 8.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$9.50

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