chrysanthemum sorbet // lemon sorbet
|chrysanthemum & wolfberries|
Located just opposite Salted Caramel and Udders, NeLi’s ice cream doesn’t strike you as an obvious icecream competitor to the foodies who patronizes Upper Thomson. The former two will often be overcrowded during dinner to supper hours, sometimes even resulting in a queue being formed outside their shops while NeLi sits nonchalantly across the street.
Neli’s interior design is sparse, which is good if you are looking for a quiet place to enjoy icecream. The acoustics of the place far surpasses Udders, which can rival a Sunday morning’s market at it’s peak. However that being said, the place looks like it could use more tables and chairs. The negative space in there is most certainly deafening in my opinion.
The shop is decorated with mainly travel memorabilia and travel guides as you can see from the photos below.
The icecream selection at Neli isn’t great compared to it’s neighbours but it’s not everyday that you get to taste a chrysanthemum-flavored icecream so I guess they deserve some points for that. The taste is definitely something that takes time to get used to but as a fan of 菊花茶, I enjoyed it tremendously. The lemon sorbet isn’t too bad too.
Unlike in Udders and Salted Caramel where the staff wear a certain color code or attire, Neli’s staff are simply dressed with an apron. Even from the way the icecream was scooped, I could tell they weren’t too experienced. However that doesn’t mean it was bad. I personally think Neli’s is a great place if you are planning to catch up with old friends and want to go someplace quieter to grab dessert after dinner! To scoop this all up, Neli strikes me as a place that is somewhat like home but yet like an airport, quiet and therapeutic.