New at Swensen’s this August- Avocado Toast, less sweet Ice cream, Sambal Butter, Rice Combos, Fried Salmon & Chilli Jam

Finally, a guilt-free ice cream for your kids (and yourself)!

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Swensen’s just had a big menu revamp! From their Super Savers menu to their healthier classic ice cream flavours, Swensen’s wants to land new experiences for families coming in for a treat. The restaurant you grew up with is now healthier and better.

Here’s what we’ll be covering:

  • 5 New Ice Cream Choices
  • 7 New Dishes
  • 1 ‘Back By Popular Demand’ Pasta

 

There are lower sugar options for three basic ice creams flavours.

Now when you order your ice cream, you can swap them for three healthier options like the Guilt-Free Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry Ice-cream. According to Swensen’s, there’s up to 39% less sugar than their other ice creams.

Does less sugar mean less yummy ice cream?

Look at all our toppings! The plating makes it even more delicious-looking.

While we were apprehensive, the chocolate ice cream leans more towards a more dark chocolate flavour so Rumi loved it to bits. Sara’s a milk-chocolate kind of girl so she didn’t like it as much. The chocolate ice cream is still rich and tastes indulgent, unlike the vanilla and strawberry.

The strawberry and vanilla ice cream still tastes like ice cream. What we likes about it was its consistency, which was less creamy than usual so you don’t get a ‘phlegmy’ feeling after finishing two scoops of ice cream. We hope they can convert the other flavours into these lighter, fluffy ice creams soon!

As you can build your own sundae at Swensen’s Ion, do be careful with the toppings you choose, otherwise, what is the point of having less sugar?

Their research and development team spent over a year trying to find a suitable sugar replacer and develop a recipe that still retains the flavour and texture of its ice-cream. They found that isomaltulose is the most suitable for lowering sugar content, while meeting production and quality standards! Hurray!

I was super-excited to learn that the ice cream selections contained more soluble fibre and are lower in sugar content. Too much sugar makes my face break out so maybe this might be a treat I can enjoy.

 

The white liquid is actually melted marshmellow!

 

I feel I can keep eating this [vanilla] ice cream forever.

It’s so light. I don’t feel full and I can finish all my toppings.

– Sara

 

 

 

Okay, but if you’re not convinced by healthier ice cream…

There’s still a reason to check out their usual ice cream parlour!
There are two NEW  flavours to try on the menu:

 

Salted Butterscotch Crumble and Wild Floral Honey Crumble

 

Finishing our ice creams $4.50 (Single) | $7.50 (Double): Salted Butterscotch Crumble (left) and Wild Floral Honey Crumble (right)

 

All three of us preferred the Salted Butterscotch Crumble in comparison to the Wild Floral Honey Crumble. If you’re a jasmine green tea person, then you’ll probably enjoy the floral aftertaste of the honey crumble ice cream. Even if you’re not that into it, we would recommend that you try it at least once (with a friend) because there’s not a lot of other restaurants serving honey-based ice cream at the moment. Just go for it, man!

The Salted Butterscotch does remind us of Salted Caramel ice cream. The slight difference was that there was more texture involved. There were butterscotch bits in the ice cream which made the experience even more pleasurable. I loved it when my ice cream has random bits in them (like strawberry cheesecake ice cream or rocky road ice cream) so this was right up my alley! Zie liked that it was sweet (more so than the honey crumble variant) but she also thinks that she can get used to the Wild Floral Honey Crumble.

Prices: $4.50 for a Single Scoop and $7.50 for Double Scoops
Prices are subjected to service charge and GST.

There are also set desserts on the menu you can try! Choose from the decadent Brownie Points ($14.80), Double Whammy ($12.80) or Fair & Square ($12.80). The Fair & Square is served with waffles, strawberries, crunchy diced almonds and a swirl of luscious marshmallow sauce.

Ape lagi? Bedal ah!

 

We also had the appetisers- Buckaroo Wings.

We got served the Buckaroo Wings when we arrived.  Unlike the typical Buffalo Wings, these wings aren’t too spicy. The pineapple barbeque dip was a new experience for us but it tastes similar to chili sauce. I would say that this appetiser is more child-friendly than its spicier cousin.

Buckaroo Wings ($9.90) - juicy chicken wings and drumlets, served with a sweet and tangy pineapple barbecue dip
Buckaroo Wings ($9.90) – juicy chicken wings and drumlets, served with a sweet and tangy pineapple barbecue dip

 

 

We also tried the new Main Course items.

Now, for the mains! Swensen’s found out that in Asia, a lot of their customers may need rice in their dish in order to feel full. So they actually did it.

 

Rice Combos

Their Hooked On You Combo ($22.90) and We Meat Again Combo ($25.90) includes rice as a side on the platter of prawns, chicken and beef. We’re also loving the pyramid look of the rice!

Hooked On You Combo ($22.90), grilled dory fillet and juicy king prawns, dressed with homemade tomato salsa
Hooked On You Combo ($22.90), grilled dory fillet and juicy king prawns, dressed with homemade tomato salsa

 

We Meat Again Combo($25.90) – a platter chicken and sirloin steak, seasoned and grilled, served with a choice of barbecue, sambal or black pepper sauce
We Meat Again Combo ($25.90) – a platter chicken and sirloin steak, seasoned and grilled, served with a choice of barbecue, sambal or black pepper sauce

“That [rice form] is inspired by the food pyramid” – Sara

Oh yes, the sauces come together with the We Meat Again combo (above). Bad news: You are only entitled to 1 free dip at a time.

The prawns are definitely big and juicy. We initially wished for more prawns but then we realised that we got tired of peeling the prawn shells. So, we agreed afterwards that the dory fillet was a good transition.

In fact, there was more meat than rice, which I personally liked. It leaves more space for other carb-loaded food like the fries and mashed potato.

The sambal dip has a good level of spiciness, like you need a sip of water after a dip, so Sara was a fan right off the bat. It’s pretty refreshing to see a western food restaurant pick up local flavours! If you’re bringing your parents who aren’t that into Western food, have them order the We Meat Again Combo.

 

Top Left to Bottom: Barbecue, sambal and black pepper sauce
Choose one: barbecue, sambal and black pepper sauce

 

 

Fried Salmon with Chilli Jam

This next dish is really a pleasant surprise for us. We did not expect it to taste this good, really. Chili jam needs to be the next big thing!

The fresh, juicy salmon cut is very generous and there was enough chili jam to last us till the last bite. It really was like eating spicy candy with fish. Yummy! (Missing it right now) However, we weren’t a big fan of the pineapples in the coleslaw but I guess it helped make the colours on the plate pop!

Fried Salmon with Chili Jam
Fried Salmon with Chili Jam ($19.90), tender salmon seasoned, deep-fried, then drizzled with homemade chili jam

 

 


 

Crayfish Pasta and Fisherman’s Catch Baked Rice

Fisherman’s Catch Baked Rice
Fisherman’s Catch Baked Rice ($14.90), plump fish fillets, blue mussels and shrimps, baked with lemongrass infused wild rice, spicy tomato sauce and gooey melted cheese

 

Swensen’s Crayfish Pasta
Swensen’s Crayfish Pasta ($17.90), tossed in tangy tomato sauce is a platter of crayfish, chunky fish fillets, crabsticks and al dente pasta

We were very satisfied with the amount of crayfish served. Plus, they were very juicy!

 


 

Check out the Sambal Butter Chicken!

This new dish blew us away because Swensen’s made SAMBAL INTO BUTTER. The sambal slowly melts on top of the chicken, which you then spread all over to enjoy the spicy, creamy goodness. What a beautiful moment with food!

Sambal in butter form? What magic!

Sambal Butter Chicken
Sambal Butter Chicken ($11.90), grilled boneless chicken crowned with a dollop of sambal butter

 

Zie couldn’t wait to mash her fork into the irresistible mashed potato.

It’s so fluffy! – Zie

Of course, the best part is THEY’RE ONLY $11.90!

 


Get your Avocado Toast Fix at Swensen’s

Now we can head down to our nearest Swensens and get our avocado toast fix! We’re also pretty impressed that Swensen’s tried to make it more healthy by infusing honey instead of sugar into the mashed avocado.

Avocado Honey Toast
Avocado Honey Toast ($13.50), avocado is mixed with luscious honey, with butter and Ciabatta toast. Served with scrambled eggs, hashbrown and a side of refreshing greens

 

This is what we had to wash down all the food! We would recommend having the coolers if you’re going to have an indulgent dish because it makes you feel less filled up (but you might get a little gassy).

 

Swensens Singapore - Sparkling Pink Lemonade, Green with Envy, Sweet as Berries
From left: Sparkling Pink Lemonade, Green with Envy, Sweet as Berries

Sarah loved the avocado toasts a lot. It’s creamy yet light so she enjoyed feeling full without the indulgence. Zie and myself weren’t a big fan of it because we prefer sugary jams as compared to butter when we’re having our toast. However, bear in mind that the avocado is mildly sweetened with honey so you’re not getting anything bland. Zie and I are picky about the type of honey we eat as well (our favourite honey is leatherwood honey), so if you’re like us, you might want to take that into consideration.

 

 

So, what were our favourites for this meal?

  1. Fisherman’s Catch Baked Rice
  2. Fried Salmon with Chili Jam
  3. Crayfish Pasta (will always be in our Top 3)

 

Sarah laughing - Halalfoodhunt - Singapore
Sarah couldn’t contain all the happiness by the end of our meal!

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