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Awfully Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Awfully Chocolate is a household name when it comes to chocolate cakes. They started out as a hole in the wall shop in Katong Mall, retailing just 3 flavours of chocolate cakes. Sales boomed like mad, probably because the chocolate cakes on offer at Awfully Chocolate were more cake than cream, unlike its counterparts in the market at that time.

Fast forward to today and the Awfully Chocolate Group has expanded into an awfully lot of F&B areas, ranging from small cafes like the one I’m going to review in this post, to full brunch and dinner places like Nine Thirty (previously known as Mooshi Bakes) to even an old-school coffeeshop styled coffee shop called Sinpopo Brand. I really didn’t like Sinpopo Brand when I tried it a couple of months back, but when I walked past Sinpopo yesterday on a Saturday night, it was packed to the gills. I’ve been tracking the growth of Awfully Chocolate over the years because many of their concepts are situated at Joo Chiat and I live near there. It’s no wonder Lynn Lee, the owner of Awfully Chocolate is dubbed the queen of Joo Chiat!

Anyway, I was kindly invited by Awfully Chocolate to try out their new Afternoon Tea set that they had just rolled out. The tasting was to be held at the Awfully Chocolate Greenwich V branch in Seletar. A cross country travel for me to be frank, but I am familiar with Greenwich V Mall after having participated in an amazing race kind of contest there last year. It’s really a quiet and relaxed mall far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, especially since it’s mostly landed property nearby. My colleague who lives in Sengkang likes to visit Greenwich V every other weekend or so just to chill. I must admit the bus ride to Greenwich V, although tiring, was interesting because it let me experience a part of Singapore that looks a little set back in time.

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Welcome to Greenwich V, a chill out mall in Seletar! Awfully Chocolate is on the upper level of the mall.Awfully Chocolate  Afternoon Tea Set (2)

This is the tea set, which includes a choice of house coffee or artisanal teas, as well as a selection of savoury and sweet bites. Also includes scones pictured below. $20 for 1 pax or $36 for 2 pax. This set shown here is the serving for 2 pax.

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The skewer is of frozen lychees and a small square of the famous Awfully Chocolate chocolate truffle. You are supposed to dip it into the cup of chocolate sauce. I didn’t though because it was serious chocolate overload for me by the time I reached the frozen lychee skewer. This set pictured here is the serving for 1 pax.

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Marmalade Pantry at the Stables Revisited

After the wonderful Valentine’s Day Dinner at Marmalade Pantry at the Stables in Bukit Timah, I was privileged to be invited again to sample Marmalade Pantry’s more popular dishes, as well as the dishes that are only available at this outlet and not at Orchard ION.

If you have the time, do visit Pantry at the Stables during the day as you would be able to better appreciate its unique dining location surrounded lush greenery which surrounds the Bukit Timah Saddle Club. Night time is also good if you are looking for a romantic evening. I will warn you in advance that it is really pitch dark beyond the restaurant area, so it is not possible to walk out unless you feel extremely brave. Hmm, the lack of light might actually make this a good place to catch some of Singapore’s night sky.

It was a nice quiet evening for me, Wilson of http://Gurkhason.wordpress.com and Melissa of http://Melicacy.com. We got to sample a great many dishes and it was a wonder how we even managed to stumble out the restaurant.

I always end up posting desserts last if I’m doing the post in chronological order, but I think I’ll give the desserts some airtime today because the cupcakes are just so pretty!

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Don’t you think the cupcakes look so luscious??? My favourite has always been the Hazelnut chocolate cupcake, which is the one on the top right. If you’re a fan of Nutella you would love it! The nice thing about Marmalade Pantry’s cupcakes are that the frosting is pretty thick and flat, which makes for easy eating. I don’t really fancy those with sky-high frosting as it just seems a little hard to eat and most times you try to lick the cream off first anyway to avoid having any land on your nose.

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A creamy one which I didn’t try, but it does look so pretty though!

Marmalade Pantry at the Stables - Pretty Cupcakes!

This is the Elvis Cupcake, which is banana cake with a peanut butter frosting.

Marmalade Pantry at the Stables - Red Velvet Cupcake ($4.50)

A favourite for many ladies, the Red Velvet cupcake. The redness comes from beetroot juice that is used. Marmalade Pantry at the Stables - (2)

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Rose Veranda at Shangri-La (Sweets!)

This is a continuation of my recent visit to the Rose Veranda at Shangri-La. See http://365days2play.com/2011/12/19/rose-veranda-at-shangri-la-savouries/ for the write-up on the savoury afternoon tea items.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Scones with Whipped Cream and Jam

The hallmark of a good afternoon tea service is good scones. The scones at Shangri-La passed the taste test. Slightly crisp and brown on the tops, yet buttery and flaky on the inside. To me, a scone can only be 100% perfect if it is served with clotted cream. Normal cream is served here unfortunately. It’s amazing that not many people know about clotted cream, but really, you’d never look back after you’ve tasted a scone with clotted cream and jam.

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These were not available on the normal buffet and were instead served to all the guests present. Refreshing strawberry and rose sorbet with a jelly like substance on the side. A nice breakaway from the heavier items and they look pretty too!

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Some cake also served individually to the guests.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Chocolate Fountain

Chocolate fountain with lots of fruits and other items to dip. You could even dip the chocolate balls in more chocolate.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee – Loved the creamy insides. Burnt sugar top was just a little bit too thick which made the creme brulee too sweet.

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The Rose Veranda has switched from whatever they were using previously to TWG teas now. No more Orange Pekoe. Each guest is allowed 2 tea selections out of a possible 164 choices.

The Rose Veranda at Shangri-La

Phone: (65) 6213 4486

Weekdays
Lunch spread (11.30am – 6pm)
Traditional English afternoon tea 3-tier set (3 – 6 pm)

Weekends and public holidays
High Tea Buffet (11.30am – 2.30pm, 3 – 6 pm)

http://www.shangri-la.com/en/property/singapore/shangrila/dining/restaurant/roseveranda

1-Caramel Dessert Boutique

*Invited Session*

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The cake says it all. Welcome to 1 Caramel! Don’t you just love all the cutesy little clown faces and the adorable lion? If only someone would buy me this birthday cake instead of a boring old chocolate cake! I feel happy just looking at this.

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With a name like 1 Caramel, it’s not difficult to guess what they specialise in. Sweet treats galore, they have stuff like Baked Alaska, Mille Feuille, Earl Grey creme brulee and even 5 types of soufflé! This picture here is of the Raspberry lychee rose pannacotta with lychee-lemon compote. You have to try this exquisite little thing. Somehow it’s the perfect combination and I really love the rose and fruity taste.

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Baked Alaska – The only other time I’ve seen this in a Singapore menu was at The Ship.  Pretty good. The meringue was sitting on top of a decadent piece of brownie. It was an acquired taste for me, having meringue together with brownie. The macaron on the side was really nice! I wouldn’t mind having seconds!

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Each of the desserts can be ordered individually at $14. Or you could mix and match 3 – 5 desserts for between $16 – $24. Assiette means plate in French. I’d definitely recommend the panna cotta, Earl Grey creme brulee and the Death by Chocolate at the very least. I tell you, you have to believe them when they name their chocolate cake so. It takes a while to even swallow one mouthful because it is so rich.

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More dessert pictures further down in the post. 1 Caramel doesn’t just serve desserts, they also specialise in brunch menu items. Don’t ask me how they got into this combination, but it just seems to work.

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Traditional Eggs Benedict with smoked Salmon $14 – This is really good. This is like the perfect combination. Poached eggs with salty smoked salmon on a toasted English muffin. I don’t think I can ever eat plain eggs Benedict again.You should check out Mr Keropokman’s photo of the ooooozy yolk. Mine glopped all over the place so I shan’t torture you with the photo.

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Dozo

Warning, this is going to be a very long post with lots of pictures of food!

The other day, I met up with a long time friend for my early birthday celebration. I searched high and low for a good restaurant to go to that wouldn’t require us entering the CBD area since it was a weekday. Somehow, I ended up on Dozo’s website even though I’d never heard of it existence before. They have a 7 course dinner set going at $59.00+++ which seemed pretty reasonable considering that there were SEVEN courses. So just like that, I decided upon this place. Turns out, my friend had already dined there at least 3 times but she didn’t mind going again as she’d enjoyed the previous occasions.

Dozo only serves this 7 course set dinner (6 course for lunch). For each course, there are about 5 choices to choose from. There is no ala carte menu available.

Dozo -  Crispy Pasta

Complimentary crispy pasta strands – Quite nice, tastes like potato/corn chips.

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1st Course – Chef Selection Assorted Platter – I absolutely loved the foie gras on bread puff. It was oh-so-melt in the mouth and slid down my throat way toooo quickly. I wish there was more of it instead of that tiny sliver! Foie gras just tastes so good it takes a bad chef to ruin it! The middle morsel was scallop and the last one was smoked salmon. All very tasty and were excellent as a start to the meal.

Dozo - Beef Tartare with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayo (2) Dozo - Beef Tartare with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayo

2nd Course –  Beef Tartare with Shaved Parmesan and Truffle Mayonaise – The Beef Tartare, which is basically raw beef was very nice. It had a very strong flavour to it, although I wouldn’t call it a raw flavour. I didn’t quite like the mayonaise though, it felt more like curry mayo rather than truffle mayo, and there was just too much of it, which I feel kind of cheapens the look of the dish. I still wanted to finish all the beef tartare so for the last few pieces, I scraped off all the mayo.

Dozo Sashimi Appetiser

 

2nd Course – Sashimi – My friend had this. Looking at the huge slices of fresh fish and the huge amaebi, I was a little regretful that I didn’t order this. But then, I had sashimi for lunch that day. The yellow fish in the middle ( i forgot the name) has a very very interesting texture. It’s like biting into a firm raw fish egg sponge. I tried some and it had a tropical flavour for some reason.

Dozo - Gratinated Escargot with Yuzu Butter

3rd Course – Gratinated Escargots with Yuzu Butter – My friend had this and said it was lovely

Dozo -  Foie Gras Chawan Mushi with truffle slice

3rd Course – Foie Gras Chawanmushi with Truffle Slice – I had originally expected a foie gras slice on top of a normal chawanmushi. Instead, what they have done is to puree the foie gras into the chawanmushi. I love chawanmushi on its own, but what I can say is that foie gras mixed into chawanmushi is even better. I definitely could taste the distinct flavours of the foie gras in each scoop of the heavenly chawanmushi. Of course, had the dish come with a slice of foie gras instead, I wouldn’t have been disappointed either.

Dozo - Mushroom Soup with Truffle

4th Course – Mushroom Soup with Truffle – Seems like Dozo really likes using Truffles to enhance their dishes! That little black thing in the spoon is a sliver of truffle.

Dozo - Clam Soup

4th Course – Clam Soup – I had this, which I thought was very ordinary after all the previous dishes. It was clear soup with clam flavour, but no solid pieces of clam in there. It also had a rather strong seafood taste, which some others may not appreciate. Didn’t like it that the sides of the bowl were stained with the soup = failed presentation.

Dozo - Kurobuta Pork Cheek with Onion Jam (2)

5th Course – Kurobota Pork Cheek with Onion Jam – The pork was very tasty and cooked just right such that it was very tender. Really loved the flavour of the meat. Didn’t like the gratin that they piled onto the pork together with the mayonaise underneath the green gratin. Once again, way too much mayonaise to the point that I had to once again scrape off the mayo. I really liked the caramelised onions on the side. If only this was incorporated into the pork, perhaps that would be better?

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Here’s a close up shot of the wonderful caramelised onion jam

Dozo - Lobster Gratin, Pumpkin Puree and Asparagus Tips

5th Course – Lobster Gratin, Pumpkin Puree and Asparagus Tips – Interesting to note that both the main courses had the same green gratin.

Dozo - Warm Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream

6th Course – Warm Chocolate Cake – Cake was average. Definitely not near the best that I’ve eaten.

Cappucino Creme Brulee

6th Course – Expresso Creme Brulee – I loved how this was presented. Was very tasty too, the scoop that I stole from my friend.

Dozo - Iced Fruity Refresher

Dozo - Green Apple Mocktail

7th Course – Iced Fruity Refresher (above) and Green Apple Mocktail – I had the iced fruity refresher, and refresh me it did! I was even provided a fork to spear out the cubes of fruit in the drink. My friend had the Green Apple Mocktail which is her favourite in all the drinks that she’s tried here.

Dozo - Seating Area

Conclusions : At first it seems that $59+++ ($71 nett) is a great price for a 7 course meal, and I did think that the 1st few dishes were wonderful and worth the price. However, the soup was a let down. The main course and dessert while nice, gave me the feeling that I could also get these from any other restaurant or cafe. And the vibe of the place…I get the feeling that the restaurant wants to market itself as a fine dining/atas restaurant. But simple details like the presentation of the soup, scratches on the pillars and a totally atrocious toilet (worse than a Chinese restaurant’s toilet!) lowered my impression. To conclude, $59 is not cheap, you get what you pay for.

 

Dozo – Fine Modern Japanesque

491 River Valley Road

#02-02/03 Valley Point Shopping Centre S248371

Tel: 68386966

Lunch: 11-2.30pm ; Dinner 5.30 –10pm

http://www.dozo.com.sg

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