Last Saturday evening, Momo and I were glued to the TV watching “Raising the Bar: Willie’s Chocolate Revolution”. By the end of the show, we were so hungry and craving for chocolate! (It was 8 pm!)
We needed to satisfy the craving and there were no new chocolates in my little ‘choc fridge‘ to try out. We thought of Jewels, the chocolate place that many people have blogged about. I remembered Nic mentioned to me the other day: “you got to try the ‘kiam nerng’ (salted eggs) macarons!”.
We quickly got on the PIE and reached Orchard Central in 15 mins. Oh yes, if you do not know, Orchard Central has ‘free’ valet parking. We left the car with the valet and rushed to grab dinner.
After dinner, we were ready for chocolates. We sat down and was promptly attended to. We left it to the service staff to recommend their specialties.
We had their very popular macarons. The 3 flavours we had were: ($2 per piece)
Green Tea (green tea & dark chocolate crunchy pear)
Black Palm Island Salt (salted egg & almond cream topped with black palm island salt) and
Passion Fruit (passion fruit conserve & almond cream).
This is the “kiam nerng”- Black Palm Island Salt macarons.
Macarons are not meant to be eaten, it’s meant to be admired and savoured slowly. How do you savour it? Take a small bite and let the ‘papillae’ on your tongue get to work.
Don’t they just look so “pretti-licious”?
Another reminder… Savour it, not eat it! (note there’s a difference!)
This is how the Black Palm Island Salt looks when it is cut.
I shall not describe the taste, you might want to taste it yourself 😉
The other recommendation was the Dark Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream. ($10.80)
We were told it would take 15 mins to prepare.
For the ice cream we could choose any flavour we wanted, and we chose the “66% Alpaco Dark Chocolate Ice Cream with Crunchy Pearl”. It was so good!
(we were still thinking of Willie’s 100% chocolate in the show earlier! I want to get them from Selfridges like in the show!)
Ah… the warm chocolate lava cake. The cake is partially cut so the chocolate will not flow out.
It comes with 1 spoon of vanilla cream and another spoon of raspberry compote.
We were pleasantly surprised when Then Chui Foong, the chocolatier came out to ask how we found the food. We told her it was excellent.
We asked her how the lava cake was meant to be enjoyed. She said it’s up to the person eating. The person eating is the ‘artist’. The vanilla and raspberry was served to allow the artist to mix the flavours. A person who likes it sweet can ‘paint’ vanilla cream on the cake and ice cream. If they like it a little sour, ‘paint’ it with the raspberry compote.
181 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6509 8998
Hours: 11am to 11pm daily