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Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie

Canele is finally back at Raffles City again. In fact, most of the restaurants and eateries are now open, except for the bit next to the the original fountain where Out of the Pan used to be. The basement is so changed it is like being in a completely different mall altogether. Some old names are still here, such as Cedele, Aerins, The Pizza Place and Teahouse The Asian Kitchen, with new decor and layout. There are a lot of new takaway stalls: – Best Fries Forever, Chewy Junior, Awfully Chocolate, 1A Curry Puff and Potato Depot to name a few. You won’t go hungry when you are at Raffles City Shopping Mall, that you can be sure.

Anyway, back to Canele. They have this maroon pink decor going on, which looks quite nice. The lampshades they have all over the place look pretty and makes the place feel special. And they still have the huge glass counter with different coloured macaroons displayed neatly and all calling out your name. It’s so distracting!

Menu-wise, it seems the same as before so I knew exactly what to order.

Canele - Croque Madame

  Croque Madame $13.50 – I used to like this dish, but now I feel that I am just eating empty calories with very little nutrients. It’s basically bread drenched with lots of cheese and a few slices of ham.

Canele - Cheese Burger

Canele Cheese Burger $15.50 – The burger was nice but pretty average. The chips were great though. Based on the texture, it seems the chef sliced and fried these potato chips onsite instead of getting them from a packet.

Canele - Carrot Water

Mint and carrot water is complementary

Awfully Chocolate

Never really understood the hype about Awfully Chocolate’s chocolate cake.

It all started when the owner of the brand got tired of chocolate cakes that were less cake and more mousse and cream instead. I too hate the frivolous use of mousse and cream, where’s the bite in that? She had a vision of a chocolate cake that was substantially cake, one with a rich chocolate taste, yet not so sweet as to be offputting. This cake was to be an object of desire. And so, she came up with what is now Awfully Chocolate’s signature chocolate cake. Layers of chocolate fudge between layers of chocolate sponge.

Awfully Chocolate chocolate cake

Admittedly, the cake does have more substance than a chocolate mousse and cream cake. I performed the Squish test on it, a very scientific method where I used my spoon to squash the cake down. The cake yielded a few mm. PASS.

And yes I would also have to agree that it is a cake that is not so sweet, so you do not run the risk of getting sick of it after a few mouthfuls. PASS

HOWEVER, and here’s the clincher, the cake just doesn’t taste THAT great to me. Frankly speaking, it tastes like chocolate kueh rather than chocolate cake. It definitely looks chocolatey enough, but to me, it didn’t feel like I’d had my daily dose of chocolate after eating the cake. I’m still hankering after a chocolate drink at this point in time. Maybe the sweet tooth in me just can’t process the idea of a chocolate cake that isn’t sweet.

Maybe I have to start my own business selling rich dense chocolatey chocolate cakes for sweet tooths. In the meantime, if you’re craving for a rich, sweet and dense chocolate cake, these are my all time favourite chocolate cakes in Singapore:-

1. Coffee Club – Viennese Chocolate Cake $5

2. Canele – Le Royale $7

3. Cafe Epicurious – Devil’s Chocolate cake (flourless and has mascarpone cream in it!)

Canelé has such pretty cakes

Canele Le Royale Chocolate Cake

Le Royale – $7/slice

Come closer…. I know you want to!! Canele has one of the best chocolate cakes in town! It is so rich, so dense, so decadent, so full of chocolate, so super sinful, so everything I want in a chocolate cake! The crispy rice bubbles at the bottom go so well with the rest of the cake. The cake looks small in comparison to cheapo chocolate cakes out there, but because it is so dense, 1 piece goes a really long way

Canele Tiramisu  Tiramisu

Moist and decadent, if you press it with the fork, the coffee liquor oozes out. I like my tiramisus to be as moist as possible.

Canele various cakes New York Cheese Cake – $6/slice

Caraibe – $8.50/slice

Baked Fruit Tart – $5.50/slice

Macha – $7/slice

Le Royale $7/slice

Canele sweet treat counter Canele also has macarons and meringues. At about $3.50 per piece, the meringues are the cheapest but largest desert at Canele.

 Canele cafe latte

Cafe Latte -  $5 Canele decor Nice lampshades

I love Canele!

Croque Madame

I don’t know about you all, but I go weak at the knees when I see an egg like that. I can’t even remember what the name of this sandwich is, I believe it’s the Croque Madame with ham and Gruyere Cheese. So satisfying and filling. Comfort food at its best! I like to go to the Raffles City Shopping Centre branch, get one of their cushion seats and just watch the world go by, perhaps with a pot of tea as well.

~Update 23 May 2010~

Canele at Raffles City is currently closed. In fact, half the restaurants at Raffles City basement are closed for some sort of renovations. It is scheduled to be reopened in September 2010. As to whether Canele has closed down for good at Raffles City, or only temporarily, is anyone’s guess. Click here for Canele’s website.

Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie

Feel so depressed watching the market drop drop drop. I thought I was good at analysing, but apparently not. I almost don’t care anymore (yeah right), so that’s why I’m here, trying to forget it all. Might as well blog about my latest find in the food arena, if I cannot advise in the financial.

Yeah anyway, after exhausting all our dinner options at Raffles City, we decided to go back to Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie. The reason for the hesitation is that Canele strikes us as a rather expensive place to dine at. Have you seen the price of their cakes??? Those tiny exquisite little things cost like $7,$8,$9 !!! They may be well worth the price, but because of that, it makes one feel like Canele is for Fridays and the Weekends rather than for a mere Tuesday.

Well, we were pleasantly surprised. The menu $ is actually no different from that of the Coffee Club and TCC. The stews are going at about $12.50-$16.50, the sandwiches at about $13.50-$15.50 and the pastas at about $12-$17.50. The menu selections on the other hand, is a breath of fresh air, when compared to the other eating establishments of this price range. As mentioned, they have stews. But what I like are their interesting selection of sandwiches and their Crepes. I tried the Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg sandwich which was very nice. The foccacia bread had a very generous helping of eggs and smoked salmon in it. But if you really want GENEROUS, try the Smoked Salmon and Cream cheese Crepe. I tried that some months back and seriously, I have never had so much smoked salmon before in one sitting!! I could not finish the crepe myself!

Definitely am going to make another trip there in the near future, before it gets crowded when everyone finds out that it’s actually not so expensive to dine there, as long as you don’t order the chocolate cakes! In fact, drink tea instead. One order gives you a nice pot of tea that can be shared between 2.

Check out the menu here. You can find Canele in several locations, namely Paragon, Raffles City, Robertson Walk and Shaw Centre.

~Update 23 May 2010~

Canele at Raffles City is currently closed. In fact, half the restaurants at Raffles City basement are closed for some sort of renovations. It is scheduled to be reopened in September 2010. As to whether Canele has closed down for good at Raffles City, or only temporarily, is anyone’s guess. Click here for Canele’s website.

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