Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie
Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road #B1-81/82
The last time I was at Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie was when we were in Singapore for our babymoon and I had dessert with a friend. How time has flown! I really like the place as it’s decked on in very cool black/white/fuchsia colours and have very lovely staff.. not to mention some pretty good food.
This time, it was with and on a weekday lunch. I was surprised they didn’t have any lunch specials, a bit of a shame. Especially when they’re a tad on the pricey side.. but it’s mostly justified because of the pretty decor, and gorgeous desserts. Just one thing I learned, the Iced caramel coffee is really NOT worth it! If I remember correctly it was something like $6.50 and I was expecting a large glass, and that the drink would come with a big scoop of luscious ice cream. Not so. Instead it was basically regular coffee with milk and caramel added, then some ice cubes popped in.. all in a thin glass. Boo!! It was worth perhaps half of the price.
Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie
Iced caramel coffee (~$6.50) – completely not worth it
My main was the Crab aglio olio and it was PERFECT. A wee on the small side, but the pasta was done perfectly el dente, it had quite a bit of crab meat in there, and the garlic & wine sauce was superb. I loved the punch of flavour and it even felt quite healthy. Awesome dish and I’d get it again any time.
I wasn’t too much of a fan of the Croque madame when it came out (though it did sound very enticing on the menu). The bread was thick and wasn’t oozing with Bechamel sauce and cheese! :( I like croque madame when it’s all meltingly gooey and tasty, and this was more of a ham & cheese sandwich to me.
The Bolognaise & poached egg doria looked awesome when it came out, and it tasted really good too. Fantastic comfort food and was basically bolognaise sauce sitting atop baked rice, and smothered in cheese. Mmm… cheeese……
Crab aglio oli – spaghettini sauteed with crab meat, onions,
chillies, garlic and white wine with Italian Parsley ($17.50)
Croque madame – Homemade pain de mie (white toast bread) baked with ham,
Swiss Gruyère cheese, sunny side up, and side salad ($13.50)
Bolognaise & poached egg doria – Traditional Baked rice in casserole
with a light creamy cheese sauce ($16.00)
Looking quite pleased with our food
For dessert, we had crepes, of course! It’s what they’re famous for. I don’t know of any other place in Singapore that makes crepes like this (tell me if you know of one! I barely know any places in Singapore, heh).. and I love my sweet crepes. And boy, they are definitely sweet! SUGAR HIGH. The Nutella one was by far better, as the ice cream was lovely. The Banana one had, unfortunately, passionfruit-banana sorbet.. which we must’ve not noticed in our excitement when we ordered crepes (or I’d definitely have asked them to swap the flavour).. the sorbet did was NOT nice imho. I’m not a fan of sorbet and I really didn’t think the icy sourness went with the warm sweet crepe. Perhaps they did it to ‘cut through the sweetness’, but I don’t think it was done well. Next time, I’ll study the menu more carefully and swap out whatever items we don’t like ;)
Filled with Nutella, salty caramel, caramelized filo, nougatine
ice cream and vanilla crème chantilly ($12.50)
Flambéed caramelized banana, chocolate sauce, passionfruit banana sorbet,
vanilla tuile and vanilla crème chantilly ($12.50)
Canele’s a fab place to go with friends for a lazy lunch. It has a really nice ambience and a wee bit enclosed, so you’re not in the thoroughfare of the lunchtime crowd. They have a huge selection of pretty cakes, which I’ll have to try next time!