Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie, Singapore

canele.jpgCould only squeeze in a quick meet up with an old buddy during my weekend in Singapore and we did it over dessert, instead of the proposed coffee. As we were in Paragon, he suggested Canelé. The first thing that registered when I stepped into Canelé was that the array of cakes were arranged in a similar way to that of Bakerzin. But this was the real deal, with dainty wrapped packages of chocolates, preserves etc lining the shelves on the left and the colourful cakes, pastries and other confectionary displayed in glass boxes. i later learned that Canelé is part of the Les Amis group and is helmed by Chef Pang Kok Keong, who an ex-member of the national culinary team, which explains the unique desserts in the menu.

However it’s quite hard to get a seat here, considering that there’s only about 4 tables and we were quite lucky to get the last table available. Even then, it’s quite tight, with the possibility of the next table’s patrons encroaching into your personal space, which seems to suggest that spending too much time here is not encouraged. nevertheless, we were quite intrigued by the desserts listed. My friend and his significant other chose “Nougatine” (a sweet crepe filled with Nutella, salty caramel, caramelized Filo, Nougatine ice cream, vanilla crème chantilly) and “Black Forest” respectively. Our friend chose Creme Caramel and I opted for “L’Amour” (Rose petal ice cream with raspberry swirl, rose meringue and lychee pieces).

i only tried a little of the Black Forest cake but wasn’t too impressed. It was a little dry in my opinion. Didn’t try the crepe, but the ice-cream was great. Creamy and not too sweet.

Friend didn’t sing much praises of the Creme Caramel which I supposed was just mediocre. He kept drawing our attention the brown liquid pooled at the bottom of the cup, which I suppose is caramel but he didn’t want to taste it and didn’t finish the dessert. As for rose petal ice-cream, it was lightly fraganced with the smell of roses, though I found the rose meringue (the pink twigs) a little too sweet for my liking. But it was quite refreshing to try something new like this.

If you have a sweet tooth and would like to see what all the fuss is about, there are 3 Canelés in Singapore, this one in Paragon, a cafe in the Esprit store in Centrepoint and the original outlet in Robertson Walk.

Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie
290 Orchard Road,
#B1-25 Paragon,
Singapore 238859

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