I had the best when I was in some rural town of South Korea on a vacation trip years ago. It was winter and it’s freezing cold outside. Sunlight is almost out and most of the shops were close for the day. my family searched high and low, desperately in need of somewhere to avoid the cold.
A few streets later. We found a petit cafe; a small unassuming and dull-looking shop lodged between a laundry shop and a grocery store. What do you expect it’s a small town! But the hot chocolate I ordered just to hold and keep warm turns out to be the best cocoa drink I ever had. Rich thick and full of chocolaty goodness.
Gosh I can never forget but since my return, I can’t find that same replica back here. Most are just downright disappointing- just cocao powder mixed in hot water. A total waste of money considering you can get yourself a big tall glass of milo peng (Iced Milo) at the coffeeshop at fraction of the price.
Hence, I’m skeptical about ordering hot chocolate at most places unless we are talking about a few chocolate specialty shop. Like Max Brenner and Laurent Bernard just to name the better ones in town. Do add Au Chocolat on your personal to go chocolate cafe list.
One sip from their Hot Chocolate Fudge ($10.00) and you’re hooked. A delicious heart-warming luscious cocoa drink. Now that’s what I call the perfect hot chocolate drink! The tiny bits mashmallows were in my opinion, redundant be it calories or taste so you might wanna opt them out when you make orders.
Aside from chocolate drink to kick start Sunday brunch, fancy ordering Truffle Fries ($15.00) too! You can’t go wrong with anything made paired with white truffle oil and truffle infused sea salt. And it’s definitely more than enough to share say among a few?
Their signature Egg dish- Au Chocolat Benedict ($18.00) was an added twist to the usual benedicts seen at most brunch affair. Instead of the typical tangy yellow hollandise sauce, here they used one that’s infused with red wine and dark chocolate. It was something different but I was expecting it to have more of a kick since it has alcohol.
Most of their menu are reasonably priced in the $20 range. Not exactly over the top price considering its location at Marina Bay Sands. But skip the pancakes really. It didn’t looked as appealing as the description on the menu.
Like their Hearty Pancakes ($20.00) which was just three stacks of medium sized pancakes with bacon and ham on top then served with bite sized hashbrowns and scrambled eggs. It wasn’t well-presented and it certainly was boring food. Their burgers and pastas on the other hand seems more promising though. Maybe I should go for them instead?
While I wouldn’t say I had the best or cheapest brunch I had in a while (I spent close to 90 bucks for 3 people) but if you have plans to come down here without burning a big whole in your pocket, perhaps you could consider their $19.90 two course weekday set lunch.
Regardless, you can certainly fall back on Au Chocolat for the best hot chocolate in town.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #01-03
2 Bayfront Avenue Singapore 018956
Tel: +65 6688 7227
Note: This place has closed.