Best known for its signature All Chocolate Cake with a dark roast flavour, Awfully Chocolate is a familiar name to many Singaporeans. (Also read: 10 Luscious Chocolate Cakes In Singapore)
The brand first started in 1998 and has expanded with different concepts over the years, with both retails space and cafes across the island.
Their flagship store Ninethirty by Awfully Chocolate has since closed down, and undergone a revamp to the current Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe.
Compared to their previous interior which is more bistro-like with black, white and grey tones, this has more cafe vibes, with wooden floorings and bespoke furniture pieces, complemented by hanging and potted plants.
Exclusive to this East Coast outlet is the Chocolate From The Tap, with a choice of Dark Milk (45%), 60% or 70% Cocoa flowing through the cool metallic taps in store.
Instead of the conventional way of preparing hot chocolate using cocoa powder, the Chocolate From The Tap uses melted chocolate bars continuously maintained in the molten state and eliminates the possibility of cocoa powder lumping together.
The result is a smoother texture with a consistent flavour.
Note that only the hot beverages are freshly prepared using fresh chocolate flowing through the taps, namely Hot Chocolate ($8), Chocolate Espresso ($8) and Caramel Mocha Latte ($8).
My 45% Hot Chocolate ($8) was indeed smoother without a powdery sensation and a fuller body with a creamier texture.
Words of caution, 45% cocoa can be a little sweet for some though.
Another outlet-exclusive is their selection of viennoiserie that are freshly prepared in house and available from 8am daily.
This is in addition to their repertoire of chocolate desserts that we are familiar with, prepared from a central kitchen with a full selection only available from 1pm onwards.
Chocolate lovers can look forward to Chocolate Madeleine (1 for $3, 3 for $8), Chocolate Croissant ($6), Chocolate Danish ($5) and Chocolate Canelé ($5) on the menu.
Non-chocolate pastries include Cauliflower Tart ($7), Chicken Laksa Pie ($7), Wild Mushroom Pie ($8), Beef brisket Pie ($9), Butter Croissant ($4) and Pear & Polenta Tart ($8).
My favourite was the Chocolate Madeleine (1 for $3, 3 for $8) with a layer of molten chocolate in it, giving it an extra chocolatey taste.
Sea salt is also added to cut through the richness from the chocolate, giving the pastry a more refreshing take.
The Chocolate Canelé ($5) is also worth a mention, with a delightful textural contrast between the crunchy caramelised layer on the surface and the moist core on the inside.
This is also infused with rum, which added more complexity to the dessert.
The Chocolate Danish ($5) was prepared by dipping into the 45% chocolate from the tap.
With a crispy and buttery surface layer beneath the sweet, molten chocolate, it balanced well with the soft and fluffy texture of the bread.
However, their take on the Kouign Amann ($5) didn’t really work for me, with the caramelised layer being a tad too sweet.
Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe will also launching their Bakery Club Brunch which is a curated menu for 2pax, including 2 glasses of Really Fresh Chocolate Milk, make using their premium chocolate and Hokkaido milk.
Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe
131 East Coast Road, Singapore 428816
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 8am – 12am (Fri – Sat)
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* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.