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Chocolate Royal

Chocolate Royal

Cocotte – hidden in a little boutique hotel at the corner  of Dickson Road. We headed there specially to try their signature Poulet Roti. But since it required a preperation/waiting time of 45 minutes, we kicked start our meal with Chocolate Royal.

Chocolate Royal – Valrhona Araguani mousse on layers of crispy praline and almond sponge with crème Anglaise. It was a rich, bitter chocolate praline-mousse coupled with the typical hazelnut flavoured cake base, with cocoa powder sprinkled on top. The broken candied nut slab was crispy and intensely sweet, with the candied bits sticking stubbornly to the teeth with every bite. This was something similar to what we could get at Betty’s in UK. The white sauce drizzled around the cake was akin to melted vanilla ice cream. It tasted rather sweet on its own. However, the bitter chocolaty flavour of the cake was more overpowering and the taste of the white sauce became non-existent when one dipped the cake into it. The cake, priced at $16, was on the expensive side considering the size. No doubt that it did not disappoint, but we could easily get the same quality and satisfaction elsewhere at a more reasonable rate.

Complimentary Bread

Complimentary Bread

Warm complimentary bread was served. Not exactly sure what went into the making of the bread, but it sure tasted more fragrant than other typical baguettes. What made it better was that it was freshly baked and the crispy crust and warm softer inner bread was excellent with the butter provided.

Poulet Roti

Poulet Roti

Poulet Roti

Poulet Roti

Poulet Roti – Whole hormone free chicken, marinated for 2 days and roasted with fresh herb butter; served with Madiera gravy, roast baby potatoes and spring vegetables. The vegetables were soaked in margarine or butter, which made it a tad too oily. Lightly salted broiled vegetables seemed more suitable as an accompaniment for the meaty meal. The Madiera gravy was supposed to contain red wine, but there wasn’t really any strong alcoholic taste. Even though the chicken was said to be marinated for 2 days, we felt that it was still rather bland and not salty enough without the sauce. The breast meat was tough, while the thigh meat was tender – typical of other normal chickens we have had. We weren’t blown away by the chicken. It wasn’t fantastically great as well.

Dessert Platter

Dessert Platter

Dessert Platter - (clockwise from top left) Chocolate Royal; Lavendar Creme Brulee; Chocolate Basque; Raspberry and Lemon Sorbet

Dessert Platter - (clockwise from top left) Chocolate Royal; Lavender Creme Brulee; Chocolate Basque; Raspberry and Lemon Sorbet

We were rather satiated after the Poulet Roti hence we ordered the Dessert Platter so that we could try a small bit of a few dessert selections. Once again, a small slice of Chocolate Royal was part of the platter. The Creme Brulee had a tinge of lavender flavour, the custard was pretty smooth and soothing. The Chocolate Basque was very unique – it was a layer of chocolate fudge sandwiched by 2 layers of sweet sponge. The back of the basque had some crushed biscuit like texture, which added crunchiness to the cake. The Raspberry and Lemon Sorbet was on the sour side, and very refreshing. It was very thick and flavourful. In general, the Dessert Platter would be good for sharing with a couple of friends and also enables everyone to try a selection of desserts, without stuffing yourselves too much.

No. 2 Dickson Road
Ground floor of Wanderlust Hotel


Written by foodphd

May 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

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  1. […] first time we visited Cocotte, we tried their specialty Poulet Roti but were far from impressed with it. Rather, we were drawn to […]

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