“French inspired confiserie and bistro’
Located at the end corner of Marina Bay Sands, Au Chocolat bistro comprises of two parts: a retail confectionery store and the bistro which serves an all-day dining menu. Most people don’t walk by here, but this is a nifty find worth heading to.
The dark wood panels coupled with classical french bistro chairs provides a parisian dining experience akin to having a meal along the streets of France. The wide range of sweets and savoury available in the menu will leave you spoilt for choice. Here are a few of Au Chocolat signature dishes and decadent treats.
Cheesy Tater Tots ($15). Deep-fried grated potatoes in bite sized pieces covered in melted cheddar cheese, homemade chunky tomato sauce, sour cream and spring onions. It is great for carb and cheese lovers.
Truffle Fries ($15). Straight cut fries drizzled with generous amounts of fragrant white truffle oil and seasoned with truffle sea salt. It is undeniably addictive and definitely one of the best truffle fries I have tried. The truffle oil is really generous and you can smell the waft of truffle from across the table. Duck Confit ($28). Pan-roasted duck thigh served with potato mash, a white wine poached pear and topped off with a tangy chocolate orange sauce. Like all duck confit, the cured meat is on the salty side but the potato mash and sweet poached pear gave a nice balance. The chocolate orange sauce was a nice touch, combining several classic French culinary practices into one to give a extra dimensional taste to the usual duck. Homemade Garlic Herb Pesto Pasta with Prawns ($25). This dish is served with generous amount of tiger prawns which makes every bite so satisfying. There is a pasta selection of linguine, penne or bow tie. Au Chocolat Mocha Pork Rib ($35). Roasted pork ribs marinated in dark chocolate gourmet coffee sauce served together with sweet potato fries. I wasn’t very impressed with the soggy sweet potato fries, but the pork ribs were exquisite. The sauce was subtly sweet and packed with flavour which goes very well with the meat. Foie Gras ($5 with any entrée or pasta order). An extremely worth side order should you be a fan of foie gras. Order an entree and you can enjoy unlimited $5 foie gras! Au Chocolat Tower Cake ($18). A must-try signature cake – six layers of dense chocolate cake, milk chocolate Chantilly, dark chocolate ganache, crunchy chocolate pearls and warm fudge sauce drizzled all over. Just one slice is a big portion so be sure to share it! De La Fleur Hi Tea ($38++ for 2 pax). A refreshing tea-infused High Tea set made up of an assortment of floral jams fragrantly paired with savoury bites and a sweet desserts tier. Green Tea Custard in Chocolate Cups and assorted macaroons. Tea-infused twist to a traditional bruschetta serving. I particularly liked the Smoked Salmon with Jasmine Tea Jelly Sandwich which left a light fragrant aftertaste. Breaded prawns and chicken breast parcel that was decent but not impressive. High tea is served daily from 2.30pm till 5.30pm at $38++, serving 2 pax per set. Pair these dainty treats with your choice of tea or signature chocolate drinks. Au Chocolat Frozen Hot Chocolate ($12). A sinful, creamy chocolate fudge topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. It was a bit too light though, and I would have liked it heavier it taste. Au Chocolat is perfect venue for a first date or a cozy get-together. Bask in the French ambience and experience subtle surprises with their chocolate-infused dishes. Do not hesitate to ask the waiters for recommendations because they certainly have an extensive menu. Expected damage: $35 – $50/ pax