Khulfi Bar is basically a place that sells Khulfi (North Indian ice-cream), some savoury snacks and ecletic selection of home decorative items. (Read: Table runners, cushion covers, decorative candle holders, etc with rich indian design) Concept is somewhat like Tea Cozy/Ecletic Attic at PS. Housed in a shophouse with a front porch and a gate, flanked by a dental clinic and other what nots, its really not easily identified.
Khulfi is a rich and creamy North Indian dessert (ice-cream) prepared by first boiling milk and leaving it to thicken. The milk is then frozen with saffron flavouring, cardamom seeds and ground pistachio nuts. As such, Khulfi is a dense and frozen piece of dessert, instead of the soft creamy type that we are normally used to.
Menus (designed like Indian wedding cards with tassels) were provided once we sat down on the garden-type of bronze table and chairs with intricate design. There is really a variety of Khulfi with various types of toppings, as well as blends, frizz and lassis. We finally opted for Khulfi Bar Special $7.50, Chocolate Brownie Crunch $8.50, Silver Bollywood Special $12.50 and Ginger, Honey and Calamansi Ice Frizz $5.90.
Due to the cardamom seeds, there is this odd taste in the ice-cream. Not that its any bad, in fact, its rich and dense and goes oh-so-well with the grounded pistachios and almonds. I just have this soft spot for pistachios!!!
It should be just me, my personal taste and preference, where I don't mind eating Khulfi in future but it will not be top of my choice for ice-cream.
The Ice Frizz drink was not bad. Pretty refreshing with a zing from the ginger. Ppl who don't fancy ginger in their drinks, there is the verison without ginger. :)
Generally, if one worries about heavy use of spices, not to worry. It doesn't overpower. Same for the sweetness level, esp for ppl who have tried the other indian sweets. The sweetness level is very acceptable.
Tucked away on a quiet street in Little India, I stumbled upon this treasure trove and couldn't have been more pleased.
I arrived just after it got dark outside and later learned that many of their patrons arrive after 9 because many Indian families typically eat dinner quite late. Enjoying the ambience as the lone customer was great because I got to chat with the couple who have owned the place for 9 years now. You can tell they take great pride in their business - as they should!
The entrance is mosaiced in colorful knick knacks for sale and the walls adorned with numerous newspaper accolades. They offer varieties of tea as well as Northern Indian ice cream, otherwise known as khulfi (pronounced cool-fee). The menu touts all the health benefits of khulfi and gives an explanation that it's much different than how most would expect ice cream to taste. It is made without eggs or sugar, thus explaining khulfi's density and is composed of an array of spices, some of which include cardamon and saffron.I mulled over the menu and finally decided on "Asli Malai Pistachio Khulfi." It was served in a beautiful gold goblet garnished with chopped pistachios. The flavor was on point - as if I was eating a snack of pistachios. The texture had a grainy, dense creaminess and I was pleasantly surprised that my slow-savoring-habit of eating ice cream did not leave me with ice cream soup by the end due to that lack of eggs.
Though the price point is not that of your McDonald's soft serve, you gotta remember - you aren't getting Micky Dee's soft serve! Enjoy the ambiance, the presentation of a unique cold treat, and savor the flavors!
Located amongst a row of quaint cottage houses in the heart of Little India, the Khulfi Bar has just a quaint an ambience. If you are wondering, the Bar is located just 2streets from Serangoon Road, a walking distance of about 15mins from the nearest Little India MRT station. If you are not used to this part of town, it may be better to come with another person/s as the streets leading up to the Bar gets pretty dark around 8pm.
Kulfi, as explained by the friendly owner, is a milk-based desert that is frozen not whipped. Vegans will be happy to know that there is also no egg in the kulfi from this shop. We ordered a Bollywood Silver (SGD 15.90) and a Faluda King (SGD 18.90). The prices of the deserts have since been raised from previous entries.
The Bollywood Silver has edible silver shavings, lots of nuts and a hazelnut flavored kulfi. It kind of tastes like a hazelnut chocolate sundae. The owner also says that the shavings are good for maintaining beautiful skin. Eat up, people! The Faluda King is apparently a popular traditional desert with passionfruit, lots of nuts and water chestnuts, vermicelli and vanilla flavored kulfi. It tastes like bandung (rose-syrup) icecream, quite unique really.
The service level of the owners are very personable and I would love to sit in the shop all day and do nothing. It is more of a lounging place and with little human traffic in the shop (probably location caused), you can be assured of some peace in enjoying your desert. The Bar is after all in a furniture shop; so while everything in the shop is for sale, you need to be careful NOT TO break anything. People with balance issues may wish to opt for the al fresco seating in the courtyard.
As compared to the other Indian sweets, the sweetness of these kulfi is not sickeningly diabetic-inducing. So don't worry and just enjoy your sweets :)
This is not ur typical ice-cream found in those ice-cream shops or parlour. Khulfir is an indian ice-cream with GINGER SORT of taste n not too creamy.
Upon reading several reviews, i've been wanting to try out this unique ice-cream. It was quite diffcult to locate the shop as the signboard was not obvious n little india is a place for food, who would have thout that they would be ice-cream?
Well, there are alot of varities of khulfi for u to choose frm, frm the standard ones(nuts n pistachios) to chocolate n even muruku!
I ordered a take-away tub, which was the cookie monster khulfi. There was oreo n some big choc chips mixed together. It was not cheap either... cost $8.50. However, the man, whom i think is the owner told me that the ice-cream is all natural n only spices is added n no eggs @ all. Even vegetarians can consume.
The khulfi has a pungent ginger taste. It was not too sweet in the beginning but towards the end, it was much sweeter. I find it quite acceptable. But it's definately not my choice if i have a craving for ice-cream. The oreo n chop chips complements the khulfi, thus i enjoy the oreo rather than the star of the show, the khulfi. Nevertheless, it was a good experience for me.
Khulfi is a popular dessert originating from India. Made using evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and heavy(double)cream,sugar and cornflour-water paste and the different flavourings it has such as chocolate, pistachio, cadamom, saffron etc. However, unlike the ice creams we are so used to, kulfi is not whipped, resulting in a solid, dense frozen dessert.
When you walk past the shop, one won't realise it serves up food and ice cream. It reminds me of Eclectic Attic @ Plaza Singapura which houses Tea Cosy. With a variety of Indian artifacts and souveniors and wind chimes especially, the ice cream freezer way in the back and board with pictures of the food doesnt really stand out.
I love the furniture of the shop and the menu was pretty as well. After browsing through the menu we decided to share 3 different desserts.
The Khulfi Bar Special - $7.50
Chocolate Brownie Crunch - $8.50
Silver Bollywood Special - $12.50
Ginger, Honey and Calamansi Ice Fizz - $5.90
The Khulfi Bar Special was just plain Khulfi with almonds and pistachios. Upon tasting it, it has this weird aftertaste. My first time trying it, I found it quite intresting.
The Chocolate Brownie Crunch was slightly better. The chocolate khulfi had the same weird aftertaste but by that time I was used to it. The "brownie" was more like a dry chocolate pound cake and i likd the crushed oreos and the delish chocolate sauce all around it.
The Silver Bollywood Special is I think hazlenut khulfi with nuts and chocolate sauce topped with the edible silver thingy and an apollo wafer stick. This was the best out of the three. The khulfi with the nuts and the chocolate sauce was good.
Ginger, Honey and Calamansi Ice Fizz - did not try this but i liked the tadpole thingys and the cute stirer it came with.
Total damage done was $40 but it was quite ok. Its something very new and quite cool. I'd probably return if the mood strikes.