Sunday, May 30, 2010

Jewels Artisan Chocolate

I think I've been neglecting blogging about Singapore food for quite some time, so here's another post on Singapore food. Remember how I said that Singapore needs more dessert restaurants? Jewels is a new chocolate centered dessert restaurant in Orchard Central. Tried their signature Chocolate Mousse in Verrine ($10.80++). It's a prettily presented dessert, which has 3 scoops of chocolate mousse - milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate. Its decorated differently everyday, so that's why there's 2 different picture and 2 different designs here. The dessert is extremely filling (but then again, my dessert tolerance especially for chocolate isn't fantastically high) and I couldn't finish the dessert (after eating half the tea time special).With white chocolate blocks. I like the white chocolate mousse - it tastes more like the fluffy white portion of tiramisu, rather than white chocolate. My favourite drink there - Earl Grey and Chocolate Milk Slush ($7.80++) is an extremely creamy blend of earl grey tea and chocolate milk, with chocolate shavings. Worth every single cent cos it's so rich and creamy. The citrus hues from the earl grey tea goes very well with the richness of the chocolate. It's hard to resist slurping the whole drink down.Hazelnut Hot Chocolate with toppings (either marshmellow or chocolate shavings) ($6.80++)It's made with Gianduja and Guanaja 70% Grand Cru chocolate (whatever they are, I'm not too sure, but it tastes good). Frothy chocolate with a layer of chocolatey hazelnut syrup at the bottom.This is the chocolate shavings topping. It just melts into the drink and makes it even more chocolatey.
Tea time set - $14.80++ for these and a chocolate drink during tea time (can't remember the exact hours, but it's really worth it especially if you want to sample what Jewels has to offer). Their signature Chocolate Gateau cake which is a very heavy and rich chocolate cake, made from 85% abinao dark chocolate. It's very moist, and extremely rich, and equally delicious. Though I think that a small slice is quite enough cos it's so rich.
66% Alpaco Dark Chocolate Ice Cream with Crunchy Pearl
I don't think I'm a true chocolate lover, cos whenever I eat ice cream, I'll go for other flavours first before I try chocolate. The ice cream here is rich and extremely chocolatey, but not overly sweet. Other than that, I haven't got much to say about it, but then again, I don't really like chocolate ice creams.
The House Truffle - cos we couldn't decide which chocolate to take, we decided to be boring and take the House Truffle. Not very memorable. Should have tried something more interesting from their rather extensive chocolate menu.
I really like their macaroons, especially the Black Palm Island salt. There's a few black sprinkles on the top of this macaroon and it's the salt. I think I like it lots cos there's salted egg yolk in it, and it has almond buttercream. It's a bit like nai huang pau (custard pau) in macaroon form.
The macaroon in the middle is the Butterfly Pea Bloom, which is filled with Kaya and almond buttercream. I really like kaya, so this is one of my favourite macaroons. Whenever I pass Jewels, unless I'm super full and exploding, I will drop buy and get at least the black palm island salt and this. It keeps pretty well, and doesn't get salty or crack easily. I really can't decide which I like better between the Butterfly Pea Bloom and Black Palm Island salt, so that's why I get both :P
The macaroons here have nice pastel hues, and aren't as sweet as most other macaroons, which is why I like them lots. I usually come here to take away my macaroons after eating at Ootoya (one of my most favourite, affordable, Japanese cookedfood place).
Green tea is my 3rd fave flavour, cos the green tea isn't as strong as I would like, and I don't think the chocolate balls really goes with the green tea.
Whenever I takeaway the macaroons, they wil give this little carrier which can keep about 3 macaroons inside. Great so my macaroons won't get crushed. White chocolate ice cream with berry compote. It costs $3.80++ per serving, and tastes more like light cheese ice cream to me.
The chocolate crumble with blood orange sorbet ($10.80++) per serving. I didn't try the blood orange sorbet cos I dislike orange, but the chocolate crumble was really delicious. Buttery, crunchy chocolate and plain crumble with rich chocolate mousse.
Service here is exceptionally good, and they are very attentive and always top up my water. They even ask if you want your water warm or iced. Plus, they are very helpful when you're confused and overwhelmed by the many choices of chocolate they have to offer. Hopefully there will be more dessert restaurants in Singapore, just like how there are so many in Japan. I'm still waiting for a nice green tea centered dessert restaurant to open here cos I'm missing Tsujiri lots.
Jewels Artisan Chocolate
Orchard Central 181 Orchard Road #02-31/32
Tel: +65 6509 8998
Fax: +65 6509 9339
Opening Hours : 11am to 11pm daily


ice said...

Laurent's hot chocolate is alot better, richer. I thought Jewels' hot choc is too weak but the chocolate ice cream is good.

zu said...

oh dear, now i'm craving for the hazelnut hot chocolate..

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