[Updated Sep 2015] DC Comics Super Heroes Café has taken over this space at Marina Bay Sands.
[Original Post] Au Chocolat is a delightful additional to Marina Bay Sands, with a part-pretty part-whimsical décor, and a huge 4,700 square feet space comprising bistro, confectionary, gelato counter and even a retail segment.
Located above the skating rink at MBS, you may have thought that Au Chocolat (pronounced o ∫okola) with all the chi chi tai tai dining ambience would have been opened by the French. No, it is actually opened by Singaporeans, by the same people who brought us Ku De Ta and Catalunya nevertheless.
There is a childlike charm at Au Chocolat. There is a little girl Danielle (created after the owner’s niece) who is the central character at the retail side, soft toys of two dogs OO and Yu Fa (also inspired by the owners’ pets) and a running train on the ceiling. You almost feel like a child walking into a big candy stall.
The bistro offers a delightful selection of all-day breakfast, salads, pastas, roasted meats, crepes and munchies.
Its Truffles Fries ($15), strips of crispy potatoes drizzled with white truffles oil, seasoned with truffle sea salt, and coming wrapped in a made-believe newspaper, is easily one of the best around. The New Paper’s Wee Teck confirmed this. The fragrance of the truffles is impeccable and you can almost do it without the mayonnaise and BBQ sauce served.
Who can deny that eggs benedict is THE IT brunch dish of the year? Au Chocolat’s version ($18) has its eggs almost perfectly poached, coming with hollandaise sauce infused with red wine and dark chocolate. Surprisingly, the chocolate sauce does not overpower the dish, and adds an interesting twist to the otherwise predictable flavour.
It won’t be too much to say Au Chocolat is a sweet treats paradise. If your girlfriend is cake, crepes, chcocolates and cupcakes person, do not think twice about bringing her here.
The Stuffed French Toast ($18), with two slices of brioche bread filled with plump berries and indulgent mascarpone cheese is “Wow” Instagram worthy. The outer layer is coated with cornflakes for a slight crunch. If only it comes topped with gelato. If only.
Some may just skip the dessert menu and head off to the Confiserie to choose from a variety of cheesecakes, macaroons and cupcakes. The Kalamansi Meringue Tart is the popular choice among the girls, though I won’t mind an extra large Blanc Feuilletine Macaron ($7.00) with dark chocolate and crispy wafers vanilla cream, or a rich and dense Au Chocolat cupcake ($5.50).
Nothing like a sweet treat to end a meal.
Au Chocolat MBS
Bay Level L1-03, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956 (Bayfront MRT) Tel: +65 6688 7227
Opening Hours: 10am – 12am Daily