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PS. Cafe at Paragon

PS. Cafe at Paragon

Our latest dessert date brought us to PS. Cafe at Paragon, a place which we’ve not been to for a while. It seemed that they had introduced some new dessert creations, but we were there to satisfy our chocolate cravings and only 2 of their cakes could do that – Double Chocolate Blackout ($14.90) and Ultimate Fudgy Brownie ($14.90), both served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Double Chocolate Blackout

Double Chocolate Blackout

Double Chocolate Blackout

Double Chocolate Blackout

PS. Cafe’s signature cake – Double Chocolate Blackout; it was featured in the top 50 yummiest cakes by Straits Times in 2008. Double Chocolate Blackout has been hailed one of the most chocolatey cakes. With its ultra dense chocolate sponge, layered with chocolate fudge, topped with New Zealand vanilla ice cream and served atop chocolate sauce, this cake exudes every bits of sinfulness. Previously, the Double Chocolate Blackout cake was served slightly warm, with the fudge towards the softer side. This time round, it wasn’t served warm. But strangely, the fudge was pretty soft, with a texture similar to melted chocolate bars. The sponge was rich in chocolate, but slightly on the dry side. It would be better if there were more layers of fudge within the sponge, creating a better balance between sponge and fudge. On the whole, this cake is every chocolate lover’s dream. From the sponge to the fudge to the sauce, the cake was overwhelming with chocolate flavour and aroma. Sinful it is, but an absolute chocolate delight.

Ultimate Fudgy Brownie

Ultimate Fudgy Brownie

The other chocolate cake we ordered was the Ultimate Fudgy Brownie. Once again, it wasn’t served warm. The brownie was harder than the Blackout, a bit too hard though. The marshmallows weren’t as soft; previously, as the brownie was served warm, the marshmallows would be in a semi-melted state, akin to that of barbequed marshmallows. The entire brownie turned out rather hard and dry. There was a thick layer of fudge, which was much harder and chewy than that found in the Blackout. There were only a few pathetic walnuts inside the brownie. It would be better to have more walnuts as the entire cake was just plain hard. Walnuts would add some crunchiness to the cake, and melted marshmallows would contribute  a sticky, soft element as well. Personally, we favoured the Blackout more. After a while, the Brownie just got a little hard to digest.

Well, we had ordered 2 chocolate cakes and 1 main course. The waitress was pretty surprised when we asked for the desserts to be served before the main course. The main reason was that we needed the savoury main course to neutralize the overwhelming sweetness and richness from the 2 chocolate cakes. After desserts, our main course – Triple Cheese Penne – was served.

Triple Cheese Penne

Triple Cheese Penne

Triple Cheese Penne

Triple Cheese Penne

Triple Cheese Penne

Triple Cheese Penne

Triple Cheese Penne ($23) – Oven baked pasta with three cheese mornay accompanied by a Valencia orange and garden green salad. The three cheese mornay was a Béchamel sauce with three different cheeses. The top surface was slightly charred and had the crispy burnt texture. The Triple Cheese Penne was similar to the conventional macaroni and cheese. The portion of cheese was very generous; the penne was entirely soaked in and covered with cheese. Every time we forked out a penne piece, strands of cheese will follow along with it. There were no other accompanying condiments inside the penne – just cheese and penne. Yet the entire dish was such a delight! It was very cheesy but not too salty. The penne was cooked al dente, with the right chewiness.

We asked for more Parmesan cheese and expected the waitress to bring us those grated powdery Parmesan cheese typically served in pizza joints. Instead, the waitress brought some freshly grated Parmesan cheese slices in a small crucible. Adding them into the Triple Cheese Penne further heightened the cheese flavour – for cheese lovers like us, it was an absolute joy.

The cheese penne was accompanied with a garden green salad side. The salad dressing was pretty sour and refreshing, balancing out the much savoury and flavourful penne. However, the Valencia orange was too sweet, and the extreme sour and sweet combination didn’t quite go down well with us.

PS. Cafe
Level 3, Paragon Shopping Centre
290 Orchard Road

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Written by foodphd

April 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm

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  1. […] taste wise, the cheese wasn’t exactly of very premium quality, like the one we had at PS. Cafe. The macaroni was cooked al dente, with adequate chewiness. The serving was quite huge, and even […]


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