While not exactly the scale and look of Willy Wonka’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, this can be a chocolate café where you can put aside the generic chocolates for a moment and turn to something more artisanal, in the best way possible.
Introducing Mr. Bucket Chocolaterie at Dempsey Road.
It has got it all, with chocolate bars, tarts, bonbons, dragée, and more.
If you have read that famous Roald Dahl’s book, “Mr Bucket” is Charlie’s father (though not really portrayed in the film adaptation).
So in an imaginary world, if Charlie would open a factory himself, it may just be called “Mr. Bucket Chocolaterie”.
Mr. Bucket Chocolaterie is a homegrown chocolate brand that sources its cocoa beans from within Asia.
Their purely retail outlet is at Sin Ming, which is now temporarily closed.
The Dempsey ‘Factory’ is probably more of a retail outlet with café, just to set your expectations and not to unnecessary over-hype.
You can go for a short ‘tour’ or look around which will take you through the different segments of the chocolaterie and get you an up-close look at the bean-to-bar process.
Take a peek into the Chocolate Room, the heart of the factory, where the sweet treats are made by hand.
Next, at the Creation Station, you can make your very own chocolate bar with your favourite toppings from $21.90 per bar.
Proceed to The Dispensary, where the retail section is at, and you can bring home the delights of your choice.
On the shelves are small bites, dragée, chocolate bars, and spreads. These are either priced by weight or pre-packed at a fixed price.
Bring your own containers for this, in line with the eco-friendly theme of the store. You could end up at the Tasting Room, which is a nice and spacious area where you can dine in.
Perhaps you may want to have a go at the tasting set, the Bean-to-Bar Journey ($18), which is a microcosm of the cacao’s journey, all on a little wooden tray. It is a good introduction to what the chocolaterie has to offer too.
It starts with a Cacao Bean Dark Chocolate Dragee, and a Cacao Husk Lemon Tea. A familiar 66% Chocolate Bar is next, before the pleasant creations of a Double Soy Caramel Bon Bon and a Chocolate Passionfruit Sable.
In the chiller are some pastries that highlight the chocolates.
Look for the signature Dark Chocolate Choux Puff ($10), which can be cut open to reveal a rich 80% Anaimalai chocolate cream and a smooth vanilla chantilly.
The recommended is the Signature Chocolate Dome ($12) included with 72% calinan mousse and cacao nib wafer which was quite velvety smooth.
I thought that chocolate-element was delicately bitter-sweet, just nice without being overly ‘heaty’ and rich.
If you prefer something tangy, there is the Chocolate Passionfruit Tart ($11), whose passionfruit mousse should go well with the chocolate ganache.
You may also want to try the 72% Single Origin Hot Chocolate ($8) served with a rosemary marshmallow.
While it was not as decadently-intense as I initially imagined, it was considerably pleasant-tasting.
Even without having the tasting set, you can try the Signature Iced Cacao Husk Lemon Tea ($9).
However, do note that the shop can get pretty crowded during the weekends as many (including hyper kids) wanted a piece of their chocolates.
Waiting time for me, for a cup of Americano was about 35 to 40 minutes.
Mr. Bucket Chocolaterie aims to revitalise the Asian chocolate industry and build a responsible chocolate community. We’ll see how it goes.
Mr. Bucket Chocolaterie – Dempsey Factory
13 Dempsey Road, #01-03/04, Singapore 249674
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
* Written by Daniel Ang and Dean Ang. Follow @DanielFoodDiary on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube for more food news, food videos and travel highlights. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.