Dark Chocolate Soufflé, Signature Dark Chocolate Cake, Very Dark Chocolate Milkshake, and how about some High Tea with chocolates?
The Dark Gallery has pioneered crafting artisanal dark chocolate desserts, becoming Singapore’s first dark choco-centric café and boutique concept.
It has launched its first triple concept at the revamped Great World, which is worth a visit.
Salon by The Dark Gallery is an expansion on the brand’s philosophy, and the new concept combines dedicated dine-in salon, café, retail.
What’s welcomed is that there is spacious dining space for a relaxing day out, a takeaway counter and sit-down cafe area for a quick coffee or ice cream, and retail section for Ice Cream Cakes, Single Origin Chocolate Tablets, Bonbons and Macarons.
Also included is a new dine-in menu crafted by Brand Chef Kimberly Tan, with exclusive plated desserts and savoury dishes – after customers have requested for more brunch food. Here’s more on their offerings for you to “discover the dark”:
All Day High Tea Set for 2 ($65)
Experience the rhapsody of High Tea anytime of the day with the All Day High Tea Set for 2, complete with an individual assorted sweets and savouries stand for each diner.
The high tea set is considered quite value for its money, as it includes assorted mini chocolate pastries and savouries, plus a Classic Ice Cream Waffle plate freshly made-to-order, and a choice of beverage (pick any drink below $9) for you and your partner.
For the beverage choice, I would recommend the rich Signature 66% Blend using Valrhona chocolate (if you are still in the chocolate mood), or bright and uplifting tea using quality loose tea leaves from premium tea brand JING.
Dessert Dégustation Set ($39)
If you are the sort that could have desserts for a full meal, the highlight of the Salon is the Dessert Dégustation Set ($39), a 3-course menu that showcases an interplay of gourmet dark chocolate textures.
This set comes with a dessert for first course (but of course) and I had a light ‘Choco-misu’.
For the mid-course, you can select from either The Chocolate Soufflé, made with 66% dark chocolate and baked a la minute, or The French Toast.
The Chocolate Soufflé (also available for ala carte order at $18) was intense but not too sweet in flavour.
With a light and custardy texture, the individual-serving chocolate soufflé is the perfect dessert to wind down the afternoon.
Complete the ‘dessert meal’ with a Omakase Dessert Box, their interpretation of the flavours and colours of the finest chocolates and ingredients, into a balanced palette of mini desserts.
The set also comes with a beverage of your choice (any below $9).
The French Toast ($18 for ala carte order, $39 as part of Dessert Dégustation Set)
This second mid-course option for the Dessert Dégustation Set features a French-style toast served a la mode with a scoop of sea salt butterscotch-flavoured ice cream.
The freshly baked brioche is fluffy and slightly custardy, paired with a medley of fresh fruits to balance out the richness.
Single Origin Chocolate Tart ($9)
Dig in to this tart’s crust filled with 70% Cuba dark chocolate ganache. If you don’t want your desserts too sweet, this is a good option.
Consider pairing the intense chocolate dessert with coffee done pourover style which will accentuate the intricate flavours of the single origin beans.
Ice Cream S’mores ($14)
This plated rendition of a camping fave is constructed with a base of graham crumble with a smooth and velvety chocolate ganache.
It is topped with the must-be-there marshmallow (then torched) and finished off with a scoop of its Signature 80% Dark Chocolate Ice Cream.
Do have the S’mores warm so that you can better appreciate the perfect amount of chocolate ooey-gooeyness and softness of the marshmallows.
Then experience the alluring hot-cold contrast by scooping just some ice cream over and take that single bite.
Toasted Egg Brioche ($15)
If you are seeking more savoury options, the Toasted Egg Brioche served with a side salad is highly recommended.
This French-style bread is washed with egg for a glossy appearance, and bathed with rich, golden butter to give it that distinct fragrance.
Then it is stuffed with creamy scrambled eggs, sliced ham and of course cheddar cheese for that satisfying brunch meal.
Other savoury plates to try are the Avocado Toast with Sunny-side Egg ($15) and Mushroom & Bacon Quiche ($15), which also comes with a side salad.
Want a full meal? Order the Savoury Course Set ($30), a more indulgent luncheon that already includes an Ice Cream Sundae for dessert, your choice of beverage (any below $9) and complimentary Petit Fours.
Single Origin Hot Chocolate ($7 – $9.50 for hot, $8 – $10.50 for iced)
You cannot miss The Dark Gallery’s specialty dark chocolate drinks made from its range of single origin and blend chocolates.
Try the fan-favourite 88% Sur Del Lago featuring powerful notes of cacao and oak. Or taste rare cacao from Original Beans with the 70% East Congo.
Drinks range from $8.50-$10.50 for the single origin chocolates and $7.00-$8.00 for the signature 66% blend.
Artisanal Bonbons ($3.50 per piece)
Discover the art of taste behind these jewel-shaped bonbons in 8 exciting flavours. Each 15g piece is a ganache-filled shell made from 66% dark chocolate.
For chocoholics, the Single Origin Chocolate Mocha (Brown) is a must-try with its signature 70% Dominican Republic dark chocolate and espresso ganache.
The popular Earl Grey, with its black tea base, is mixed with peppermint to create the ganache for Earl Grey Peppermint (Blue).
For a smoky, nutty flavour, try the Toasted Almond (Black) with toasted almond bits in a black and gold shell.
As for white chocolate lovers, the Matcha Strawberry (Green) melds the flavours of white chocolate and green tea powder with strawberry ganache. Similarly, Rose Tea (Pink) has white chocolate but paired up with rose tea-infused ganache in a pink and gold shell.
For chocolate lovers, Salon by The Dark Gallery is a welcoming space to experience top grade single origin chocolates from around the world.
Not only will you find a wide variety of decadent dark chocolate treats, but also discover and learn about the origin of the chocolates used.
The team is constantly expanding their savoury and afternoon tea options, so keep a lookout at what this new Great World outlet has to offer.
The Dark Gallery – Millenia Walk
Millenia Walk #01-K5 9 Raffles Boulevard Singapore 039596
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
The Dark Gallery – Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Ngee Ann City #B2-29, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238873
Tel: +65 6935 2603
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
The Dark Gallery – Funan
Funan #01-14 107 North Bridge Road Singapore 179105
Tel: +65 6908 4086
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with The Dark Gallery.