#03-23 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, tel: 6837-0650. Open weekdays, 10.30am10.30pm; weekends and public holidays, 8am-10.30pm. “When I was growing up, my parents always took my two siblings and me to Swensen’s for birthday treats. We would order the Firehouse – a big bowl filled with scoops of ice cream and other condiments. The waiter would light a flame on the ice cream pile and we’d make a birthday wish before blowing it out. Now that we’re all married with our own kids, we’ve retained this family tradition.
Apart from the desserts, my parents’ favourite food at Swensen’s is the soup served in sourdough bread bowls – they find joy in tearing off bits of bread to dip into the soup. It’s the simplicity of the place that they find endearing.” – Annie Rasi, 44, secretary