Last Updated: October 3, 2017
Located within Millenia Walk, The Dark Gallery will satisfy every sweet tooth, and even more so for dark chocolate lovers.
Standing opulent and splendid amongst the middle row of shops in the mall, the space was designed primarily with gold and black colours, making it a classy spot to hang out at over teatime.
I delight in indulging in 90% dark chocolate bars, so naturally, The Dark Gallery drew me in with its variety of dark chocolate desserts.
Starting with the Single Origin Dark Chocolate Ice Cream ($5, Single Scoop), it was everything we expected it to be, with the bittersweet notes complementing each other harmoniously.
I could have walked off happy and satisfied at this point, but I knew it was just the tip of the iceberg of what the dessert place has to offer and went on to order other more unique items on the menu.
The Frozen S’mores ($7.50) were a real treat for the inner child in us — it’s made of marshmallows that encase a cube of the signature 80% dark chocolate ice cream.
Torched upon order, the marshmallow was perfectly browned and slightly melted within. I loved the roasted, caramelised taste it provided, which added a different flavour profile to the sweet dessert.
It would be cloying to finish the entire cube alone, and I’d recommend sharing this with a friend.
What intrigued me about this chocolate-themed cafe is the variety of tasting platters it offers. The platters come in bite-sized portions and are great when you feel like you just want a little something of everything, or when you are undecided on just one thing on the menu.
We went for the Single Origin Chocolate Pastries ($12) that are made with single origin chocolates from around the world. Served on a chart detailing the acidity, fruitiness, bitterness and intensity, we slowly sampled the pastries and felt that it helped us appreciate the chocolates more.
The macaroons are filled with 64% Madagascan chocolate and were very light in flavour. Though tiny in portion size, the bitterness shone through, cutting through the sweetness from the macaroon shells.
The tartlet consists of a crust filled with 66% Ecuadorian dark chocolate ganache. As it wasn’t too sweet for the palate, we polished it off rather quickly.
The toasted s’more was topped with a coin-sized piece of 70% Dominican Republic dark chocolate that gave it a bitter contrast, which was very welcome.
My favourite out of the Single Origin Pastries Platter was the trifle for the variety of flavours that it offered in one mini cup. Dig into the 72% Venezuelan dark chocolate mousse and brownie, and you’ll be greeted by slices of banana, providing a refreshing fruity taste, blending well with the chocolate’s bitterness.
I went to (chocolate) heaven and back and walked away from The Dark Gallery satisfied in every way possible. I’ll definitely be back for the Single Origin Dark Chocolate Ice Cream, and perhaps trade this year’s birthday cake for the Frozen S’mores.
Expected damage: $5 – $12 per person