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Loysel’s Toy

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Situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city and near the greenery and river is Loysel’s Toy. It is near the city centre but is at such an obscure location that there is almost no chance of just “happening to chance upon it while out shopping”. And that makes it an ideal place for brunch!

Big L Breakfast

Big L Breakfast

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

The Big L Breakfast ($15) consisted of toast, chicken sausage, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, bacon, salad and poached eggs. One word could described the Big L Breakfast – bland. The chicken sausage and mushrooms were bland, under-seasoned and simply lacking in any taste. No doubt the bacon was salty, it was lacking in any fragrance. The mushrooms were dry. The entire dish was lacking some kind of sauce to tie it all together. The accompanying bread lacked the aroma and crunch of toast. On the whole, a rather disappointing breakfast.

The Hot Chocolate was decent, though not spectacular. It was like a good cup of warm, soothing milo and perhaps the most tasty item in our brunch.

Loysel’s Toy
66 Kampong Bugis

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December 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm

St. Marc Cafe

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(from left to right) Green Tea Latte and Hot Chocolate

(from left to right) Green Tea Latte and Hot Chocolate

Nothing like a cup of Green Tea Latte and Hot Chocolate to end a day. And St. Marc Cafe offers a decent version of both beverages.

The Green Tea Latte displayed a well balance between the characteristic bitterness of green tea and the richness from milk. The sweetness level also hit the right note and overall, a very likeable and addictive cup of green tea latte.

The Hot Chocolate, though not overwhelming strong compared to Laurent’s and Max Brenner, still carried a decent chocolately fragrance and taste. The Hot Chocolate was very comforting, in the sense that it wasn’t too heavy on the palate, yet the chocolately goodness was enough to satisfy any chocolate lover.

St. Marc Cafe
#02-105/184/185, Marina Square
6 Raffles Boulevard

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October 19, 2013 at 9:10 am

Selfish Gene Cafe

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Hot Chocolate and Matcha Latte

Hot Chocolate and Matcha Latte

We are on the hunt for the best Green Tea Latte in Singapore! And compared to drinks like Hot Chocolate, Green Tea Latte is less common and not so widely available at many cafes. And the main reason is probably that Green Tea Latte isn’t all that easy to master. There must be an adequate balance in the proportion of tea and milk, and not forgetting good grasp of the sweetness level. Too much milk, and you lose the characteristic green tea taste and fragrance. Too little milk and you lose the smoothness and end up creating green tea instead.

Selfish Gene Cafe’s Matcha Latte fell short in terms of the milkiness. It’s taste gravitated towards green tea, rather than matcha latte. It wasn’t all that sweet though, which is a good thing. But compared to Tsujiri’s, Selfish Gene was definitely not on par. On the other hand, the Hot Chocolate was still quite decent. Not as thick and viscous as we would have liked, it was still a chocolately drink to satisfy the chocolate lover.

Selfish Gene Cafe
40 Craig Road

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August 14, 2013 at 11:08 am

Sophie Bakery

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Chocolate Cake and Hot Dark Chocolate

Chocolate Cake and Hot Dark Chocolate

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

A chocolately meal at Sophie Bakery was marked by a slice of Chocolate Cake and a cup of Hot Dark Chocolate. The Chocolate Cake consisted of layers of chocolate sponge, sandwiching chocolate cream and coated with chocolate ganache. Texture wise, we enjoyed the moist and soft chocolate sponge. It wasn’t dry nor crumbly, and complemented the harder chocolate ganache. The chocolate taste was evident, not overwhelmingly rich, but was rather sweet. Overall, the Chocolate Cake was simple and decent, though not fantastic.

The Hot Dark Chocolate was a tad disappointing as it lacked the richness and viscosity that we were looking for. Though supposedly to be dark chocolate, the level of sweetness seemed to be on par with milk chocolate.

Sophie Bakery
167, 169 Telok Ayer Street

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May 8, 2013 at 8:39 am

Brunetti

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Off to Brunetti we went, as we heard that Brunetti offers one of the best hot chocolates around.

Italian Hot Chocolate

Italian Hot Chocolate with Florentine

The Italian Hot Chocolate was indeed thick and rich. However, we felt that Max Brenner’s version was of more premium quality, with a smoother and richer dark chocolate taste. The taste of Max Brenner’s Italian Hot Chocolate was, in our opinion, a notch better than Brunetti’s.

Tuna Bagel

Tuna Bagel

The Tuna Bagel was slightly toasted before served, hence resulting in a warm crusty bagel while retaining the cold and moist tuna. The interesting thing about the Tuna Bagel was the dollop of blue cheese stuffed within the bagel hole, adding a sharp characteristic pungent taste. We liked the sour and crunchy pickles as well, which provided that extra crunch and refreshing sourness.

Cheese Macaroni

Cheese Macaroni

Brunetti’s Cheese Macaroni was a simple rendition of the classic American dish. We could tell that the cheese used in the Cheese Macaroni wasn’t of top notch premium quality, but the creaminess and saltiness made up for it. There were bits of ham inside as well. Nothing too fanciful, but still good comfort food.

Brunetti
#01-35, Tanglin Mall
163 Tanglin Road

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September 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Max Brenner

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A bald man and his love for chocolate – put that together and you get Max Brenner!

Chocolate Chunks Pizza

Chocolate Chunks Pizza

Chocolate Chunks Pizza (Half: $11.50) – Max’s double chocolate melting chunks with crunchy hazelnut bits, bananas, peanut butter and roasted marshmallows. The so-called pizza base wasn’t exactly similar to the typical Italian pizza crust. It was more bread like, more doughy and thicker, minus the charred outer crust. The combination of the chocolate and peanut butter made the pizza more gooey and sticky. The roasted marshmallows were akin to those barbequed ones, with a harder and crispier crust and a soft, gooey, sticky interior. The crunchy hazelnut bits were fragrant and complemented the overall gooey-ness with additional crunchiness. On the whole, the pizza was very chocolately, but still displaying an adequate balance of texture and taste.

Italian Thick Hot Chocolate

Italian Thick Hot Dark Chocolate

Italian Thick Hot Dark Chocolate ($7.50) – Thick hot dark chocolate with vanilla cream. We formally declare Max Brenner’s Italian Thick Hot Dark Chocolate as our favourite hot chocolate in Singapore! Previously, we tried Ricciotti’s Italian hot chocolate and thoroughly enjoyed it. And for that moment, we thought that Ricciotti’s was the best and we couldn’t find anything better. Max Brenner has proven us wrong! Max’s Italian Thick Hot Dark Chocolate was very thick and rich. You could almost see it as the molten centre of a chocolate molten lava cake. Slurping it down, we simply enjoyed the overwhelming viscous chocolate. There were 3 kinds of hot chocolate – dark, milk or white. The dark chocolate was already rather sweet, hence to fully appreciate the quality chocolate and not get sick, we recommend going for the dark version. Pure chocolate joy!

Max Brenner
#01-116, Vivo City
1 Harbourfront Walk

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August 30, 2012 at 10:18 am