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Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie

Who was one happy girl when Canelé finally expanded beyond its Robertson Walk location into the main shopping strip? Not enough, they decided to expand its menu as well, venturing into the savouries.

With their latest outlet located at Raffles City, I find myself indulging one time too often. Its prime location beside the water fountains and the chic setting just makes it an even more attractive spot for a girls' night out. The menu is kept light enough to prepare the tummy for an onslaught of sinful desserts.

This was one of the first item that caught my attention. I love carbs which means pancakes in any form. Of course I could not resist the temptation to try the smoked salmon crepe ($13.50) that first looked like a piece of crisp, folded napkin, only edible and tasty. While the folded edges were oddly crispy, the bottom layer of crepe remained slightly chewy and moist. To add flavour, there was a layer of dill cream cheese topped with smoked salmon, red onion, and capers. It was supposed to be served with salad but I really don't think that few green things scattered around could be worthy of that title. But overall, the crepe made a nice light meal.

The Club Salmon tasted as it was described to be - Toasted Pain de Mie (white toast bread), smoked salmon, hard-boiled egg, cucumber, plump tomato, potato chips, fresh lettuce and side salad with house dressing. It was average but for $15.50, it was a little pricey for a sandwich.

The Chicken Caeser salad ($11.50), according to my friend who was attempting to watch her weight, was delicious as the generous cheese shavings and soft molten yolk added a lot of richness even without the signature anchovy dressing.

On the day I decided to abandon my all-time favourite Le Royale, it was because Cafe Caramel ($8.50) beckoned with its layers of milk chocolate coffee mousse, hazelnut praline, chocolae cake, and salted caramel. It was almost too rich but manageable, with a bit of tea.

Surprisingly, I found the sour cherry tart ($5.50) a rather refreshing change from the usual suspects. The tart cherries balanced the sweet almond frangipane filling perfectly and the crust remained ever crunchy to give it more texture.

At odd times, I do crave for cheesecake and the spotty-looking Oreo cheesecake ($6.50) seemed to beg for a chance. It was acceptable but I prefer a creamier texture rather than this, which was a little on the dry side.

Did I say I love layers already? The Cafe Noir ($8.50) was another dessert that did not fail to impress. The cream in the coffee mousse came on too strong and made the dessert cloying only after a few bites. This cake could be something to consider for sharing but I wouldn't be ordering it again.

With only a few more new desserts down, I still have a looong way more to go before I go through the entire dessert repetoire. I'll have another post when critical mass hits.

Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Tel: (65) 6334-7377
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm daily


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