What’s Buzzing? We thought the Matcha Fetish is as elaborate as it can get at Antoinette, but clearly we were wrong. Starting from 1 September till end of October, Chef Pang of Antoinette has launched the second instalment of Antoinette’s Fetish Campaign – Fetish Chocolat. You can pretty much expect an array of 23 items crafted from premium white and dark Valrhona chocolate, with a mix of savoury and sweet treats.
The Savoury Chocolate Treats The Le Carte du Chocolat section has four savoury dishes – Chocolate Ravioli (S$22), Roasted Carrot (S$18), Sous vide salmon with white chocolate hollandaise (S$28) and Braised Wagyu brisket with mustard and dark chocolate served with buttered parpadelle (S$30). My top pick is the Sous vide salmon with white chocolate hollandaise, where the salmon was prepared in three steps by first brining for a day, sous vide for 12 minutes at 55 degrees and then pan-seared. The white chocolate component was subtle, yet it provided a nice creamy flavour to the salmon.
My second favourite will be the Chocolate Ravioli, which is filled with Wild Mushroom Ragout and cooked in a Light Sausage Cream Sauce. Similar to the salmon, the chocolate taste was subtle without overpowering the mushroom ragout taste.
The Le Carte du Chocolat can be enjoyed a la carte, or as a three-course set for S$38, with coffee or tea and chocolate of the day.
The Sweet Treats Alongside the Le Carte de Chocolat, the Fetish Chocolat also presents a list of 19 original creations of sweets, and we must confess that all are distinctly different.
Some of the highlights for us include the Cereal-Crusted Chocolate French Toast (S$18), Flaming Chocolate Ice Cream (S$22), Trufflette (S$15), Tarte Chocolat (S$10) and the Invader Insider (S$15) which is made up of seven different types of chocolate.
One of my favourite is the Tarte Chocolat, and I especially love the Caraibe 66% chocolate almond tart base, so good!
The Cereal-Crusted Chocolate French Toast is basically chocolate brioche covered with Banana Nut Crunch cereal, where you get to slice it to reveal the luscious chocolate lava inside. I love the crunchy texture of the toast on top of the rich chocolate orgasm.
Get your cameras ready if you order the Flaming Chocolate Ice Cream, where the Equatoriale 55% dark chocolate shell was flambéed to reveal a Caraibe 66% ice cream with almond crumble and fruit compote of mango, pineapple and banana.
Resembling a black truffle, the Trufflette smells like a real truffle for sure. This truffle-looking cake is a mass of Caraibe 66% dark chocolate mousse and hazelnut feullitine with an earthy black truffle cremeux in the middle. The truffle flavour was unmistakable upon the first bite, though it dissipated fast as well.
And the most Instagram-worthy desserts go to… It has to be the Flaming Chocolate Ice Cream, Macaron Burger (S$12) and the Hot chocolate yuzu with marshmallow cloud (S$9).
Overall experience You can’t miss out on the Fetish Chocolat this season if you are a true blue chocolate lover. The savoury dishes are interesting to say the least, and it exceeded my perception of how I envisaged it to be prior to trying. The sweet treats are even more varied in terms of selections and flavours, even though some come across as too sweet for my liking. That said, it is difficult not to be able to walk off with some real favourites amongst the 23 collections.
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Friday: 11am to 11pm
Saturday: 10am to 11pm
Sunday: 10am to 10pm
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