Founded in Western Australia in 1986, Geláre (derived from the Italian word meaning "to freeze" or "congeal" ) has over the decades become a F&B brand best known for its thickly-textured, creamier than usual gourmet ice-cream range and drool-worthy golden waffles baked by means of a traditional halal-certified recipe (these being attractively priced at a 50% discount on Tuesdays for the longest while). The dessert chain has since expanded its menu to offer soups, pasta dishes and various sandwiches.

Chocolate Chip Treat + 2 Scoops of Honey Malt Crunch And Cookie Dough Ice-Cream ($16.80)

Sampling and thoughts:

From attempting pleasurable stabs of the spoon at luxurious consistency to an actual oral relish of intensely rich flavours, Geláre tantalizes with its full-bodied ice-creams. Much credit goes to an advanced manufacturing process employing little overrun, because tactile sensitivities were sufficiently awakened and it was love at first taste. Pairing with cooked-to-order waffles plus choice of delectably sweet sauce drizzled over propositioned a homely contrast of both warmth and fluff we couldn't possibly refuse. (The rocky road option which includes a sprinkling of chopped cherries, peanuts and comes topped with marshmallows was particularly divine in our opinion)

Rocky Road + 2 Scoops of White Chocolate Raspberry And Strawberry Ice-Cream ($17.80)

Muddy Buddy + 1 Scoop of Caramel Fudge Brownie Ice-Cream ($14.50)

We also decided to pursue their mains on a whim, and for a moment were in a state of extreme disbelief over how downright crappy the quality of food actually was. For instance, everything about the creamy mushroom pasta set screamed TV dinner: nuked spaghetti in frighteningly thick sauce, few mouthfuls of what tasted like Campbell's soup held in a modest receptacle accompanied by largely forgettable instant iced lemon tea.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta Set ($10.90)

The turkey ham and cheese sandwich was equally offensive - single slice of cheddar acted as a flimsy adhesive between grumpy folds of meat, greens and thick dry Focaccia buns, while a handful of potato chips became one sloppy replacement for the typical side of french fries. If ultra chubby "Rocket Man" dictator Kim Jong Un ever wanted to manufacture an excuse for lining up his chefs in front of a firing squad, this is probably it.

In conclusion Geláre turned out to be a mixed bag of truly sensational and tragically bad. Then again given things are split right down the middle, we reckon troubleshooting them mistakes is an obviously straightforward affair: just bin the hot meals nonsense altogether and folks will surely see the sun shine out of its ass once more.

Turkey Ham And Cheese Sandwich ($9.90)

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Score: 6.1/10


Editor's Note: Geláre has shuttered its operations at West Mall, Compass One Mall, IMM, Safra Jurong, Viva Business Park, Waterway Point, 313@ Somerset, Hillion Mall, KINEX and Yishun 10 Complex.


313@Somerset Bugis+ Causeway Point Compass One Mall
313 Orchard Road, 201 Victoria Street, 1 Woodlands Square, 1 Sengkang Square,
#B2-15 #05-10 #03-K6/7/8 #01-46
Singapore 238895 Singapore 188067 Singapore 738099 Singapore 545078

IMM Kinex SAFRA Jurong Tampines 1
2 Jurong East Street 21, 11 Tanjong Katong Road, 333 Boon Lay Way, 10 Tampines Central 1,
#01-22A #03-K1 Level 1 @ Kidz Amaze #04-K2/K3
Singapore 609601 Singapore 437157 Singapore 649848 Singapore 529536

The Star Vista Viva Business Park Waterway Point West Mall
1 Vista Exchange Green, 750 Chai Chee Road, 83 Punggol Central, 1 Bukit Batok Central Link,
#02-27 #01-32 #02-25 #01-06
Singapore 138617 Singapore 469000 Singapore 828761 Singapore 658713

Yishun 10 Complex Hillion Mall AMK Hub Northpoint City
51 Yishun Central 1, 17 Petir Road, 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, 1 North Point Drive,
#01-06/K2 #B1-31/32 #B1-64A #02-114
Singapore 768794 Singapore 678278 Singapore 569933 Singapore 768019

Square 2 Paya Lebar Square
10 Sinaran Drive, 60 Paya Lebar Road,
#03-45/46 #01-71/K6/K7
Singapore 307506 Singapore 409051