Note: Au Chocolat has closed
Au Chocolat is a French-inspired concept store and bistro whipping up chocolate inspired cuisine. Located in Marina Bay sands, prices are understandably on the high side. It’s divided into 2 sections: the bistro dining area and the confiserie, French for a shop that sells chocolate and candy.
The retail confectionery area is impressive, stocking a wide variety of sweets and desserts. Gelato and cakes (whole/sliced) are also available. Folks with sweet tooths will no doubt go gaga here!
We were famished; hence we didn’t spend much time at the confiserie. I called to make reservations 3 weeks in advance, but the staff could not it find it at all, hmph! Fortunately we arrived early and there were still some empty seats. You may want to make your reservations via Chope.
As you can see from the pictures, the whimsical and rustic French-inspired décor is very detailed. Look up and you will spot toy trains navigating their way at the ceiling. Tables are wayyy to small though. We ordered 3 mains, a side and beverages; the waiter had trouble fitting everything on the tiny table. Service was efficient and polite.
Au Chocolat menu is extensive, serving all day breakfast (crepes, French toast, pancakes, eggs), appetizers, finger food, soups, entrees, burgers, sandwiches, pasta and desserts. Set lunch ($19.90++ for a starter, mains, coffee/tea) is available on weekdays and afternoon tea is served daily.
We started our meal with decadent drinks- Au Chocolat Hot Fudge ($10). It’s a cup of rich and creamy hot chocolate that warms the soul. A must order! And try not to think how many calories you are consuming, haha!
Every table had a big cone faux newspaper filled with fragrant Truffle Fries ($15). These gourmet fries are fried to perfection, drizzled with fragrant white truffle oil and seasoned with sea salt. Soooo good on its own; I hardly dipped them into the accompanying BBQ sauce and mayonnaise.
M was disappointed with her Agio Olio Vongole ($24). Although the white clams were fresh, overall it lacked the satisfying garlic punch.
I indulge generous serving of Handmade Pacific Crab Cakes ($32). These substantial patties are made from Pacific crab with mixed bell pepper, esplette pepper, in house seasoning, deep fried till golden brown and drizzled with caper lemon butter sauce and zesty side salad. It could have been better if the crab meat was a tad less dry.
Look at the amount of crab meat inside!
W’s Ultimate Benedict ($22) looks very, very impressive. Strips of crispy bacon sits atop 2 perfectly poached eggs, followed by roasted chicken, roasted ribeye steak, sauteed spinach, tomatoes and finally hot fluffy pancakes smothered with Au Chocholat’s hollandaise sauce. Notice the hollandaise sauce is brown, instead of the usual creamy yellow? Au Chocolat hollandaise sauce is infused with red wine and chocolate, which explains the different colour. We found the combination too overwhelming, plus, I could not detect any hints red wine or chocolate…
I wanted to try some desserts but we were too stuffed so I took away a slice of sinfully good chocolate tart ($8) from the retail confectionery patisserie.
Hope I can revisit soon, as a few other items on the menu have caught my eye 🙂
Bay level L1-03
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands