Settled in the far end of The Shoppes is Au Chocolat, which while is above the noisy food court and ice-skating rink area, could not be more different. I’d arrived early for my appointment, and had to time to browse the extensive confiserie, before entering the dining section—a separate casual, Parisian-styled bistro that opens till late.
As I took in the tiny details—like a digital fireplace, elaborate paintings of a chocolate wonderland, and trains that ran on tracks above our heads—that seemed to entrance both kids and adults alike, I was introduced to the French-inspired menu, curated by Chef Elvin Chew, formerly of The Tastings Room and now-defunct BLU.
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While waiting for the other guests to arrive, I shyly agreed to the temptations of light nibbles and was pleasantly surprised. While the aroma of the Truffle fries ($15) could be smelt even before it hit the table, it was the Plum powder tossed sweet potato fries ($14) that took my fancy. The sweet and sour plum powder gave the rustic sweet potato strips a much appreciated edge that seems to make the notion of truffle fries almost passé.
I remain undecided on the Creamy chicken & mushroom crepe ($18)—the bacon lends an appetizing savouriness to the otherwise plain sauce, but the chicken strips were slightly too tough—and though I’m pretty much weary of smoked salmon, I did enjoy the refreshing use of crunchy Granny Smith apples to play up the savoury Smoked salmon crepe ($20), covered in a rich cream cheese sauce.
As we peered through the menu, we gamely went for some of their signature dishes with a chocolate twist—after all, when in Rome, do as the Romans do.
The Au Chocolat Benedict ($18) presented a bronzed variation of the Hollandaise sauce all breakfast lovers should be familiar—a result from the addition of red wine and dark chocolate—which almost reminded me of port, and really lent much depth to the dish. The perfectly poached eggs and moist bacon atop English muffins completed the experience.
I was quite interested to see how the Duck confit ($27) with an Au Chocolat twist would turn out, and wasn’t disappointed with the end result. Despite being drizzled over by a chocolate orange sauce, which some may see as a debacle, the duck skin remained crisp over its tender flesh. The combination of the tangy sauce and duck gave a pleasurable contrast, and the soft white wine-poached pear gave that extra oomph that left me with a strong impression of the dish.
While the Au Chocolate signature burger ($25) bears the Au Chocolat branding, people living with xocolatophobia will be glad to know that it doesn’t contain chocolate. As the tallest burger on the menu, the publicist lets in that this is probably the most value-for-money item on the burger listing. The Portobello mushroom was juicy, and complemented the cheddar-covered, succulent patty that was executed to a wonderful pink centre. If the bacon had been cooked to less of a crisp, and more tender like in the Au Chocolat Benedict, the burger would have been perfect.
Those looking for a good serving of protein after a quick afternoon jog around the Singapore river area can go for the Roast chicken ($24), a whole half-chicken executed till fork-tender and covered in a delicious, homemade savoury brown gravy, with a choice of either mashed potato or sweet potato fries—I recommend the latter.
While the Stuffed French toast ($18) presents an extremely pretty sight—with berries and mascarphone cheese between cornflake-crusted toast, and chococlate syrup drizzles—I much preferred the famed Chocolate cake ($18).
Served with a scoop of rich vanilla gelato, the thick slice of cake—reminiscent of what PS. Café serves up—is a decadent layering of luscious milk chocolate mousse and dark chocolate ganache, studded with satisfying, crunchy dark chocolate pearls that does well to play up the textures. What I really enjoyed about it was that the cake was moist and oh-so rich, but doesn’t get overwhelming, or as they say ‘jerlat’—unlike most of the chocolate cakes at PS. Café.
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