Sunday, October 12, 2008

Presenting Laurent Bernard at Portdown Road

Laurent Bernard @ Portdown Road

I guess most people are curious with the "no photo policy" in Laurent Bernard and I have to tempt all my readers to patronize this branch. Anais, the duty manager, has given me the permission to take pictures of the place and believe it or not, 62 photos were snapped this afternoon. What I am trying to say is that just make your intentions known and I am sure they will accommodate provided you don't send flashes to disturb their diners...

Interior I

I would like to take the opportunity to thank her for the nice hospitality for this afternoon, and thus a wonderful high tea on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I think it is worth the hassle to come down via SBS bus 191 and have a slow walk with Yuan along the AYE.

Interior II

This place really reminds me of those little cottage restaurants which I have been when I was in Australia. Very homely and warm feeling...

Exterior I

Remember my first entry on this branch. Oh yeh, the alfresco dining area is lovely...

Wessex Village Square

And for those who are curious about the background of these houses along Portsdown Road, Wessex Estate is actually a residential estate that was built around the WWII period and these walk-up apartments and semi-detached houses were believed to house non-commissioned British officers during the Malayan Emergency (1948 to 1960).

Interior III

Chocolate Souffle($16.50 w/o GST)

Of course, this is the 4th chocolate dish we have ordered for this afternoon, the chocolate souffle...

Ice has a better coverage on Laurent's chocolate souffle in which she talks about the use of Araguani cocoa in this souffle. You might want to drop by and have a look =)

Fen's comments

This light, fluffy, baked dish surprises me with its bitterly rich chocolate. The refreshing raspberry sorbet that comes with it really help to quench thirst after the few chocolate desserts and the chocolate sauce that comes with it blends perfectly well with the souffle. I like this dessert for being light but yet the chocolate content is not compromised.

When eaten warm, it has this soft and fluffy taste. When it is cooled, it taste just as soft but springy like a lighter version of the warm chocolate cake.


Yuan's comments

Like most souffle, the top layer of the chocolate souffle is slightly crispy and beneath this layer is soft egg like sponge. Having tried lemon souffle and bailey souffle, I guess I prefer my souffle to be of a lighter flavor. Chocolate has this strong taste that does not really match the soft souffle.
This souffle comes with warm chocolate and raspberry sorbet. The sorbet really helps to relax your throat after a session of chocolate over load. This would be worth a try if you are tired of chocolate cakes.

Laurent Bernard chocolatier
Laurent's Cafe & Chocolate Bar
5B Portsdown Road
Singapore 139 311
Tel: 6475 4182

Operating hours -
9am to 6pm (Tues to Thurs, Sun)
9am to midnight (Fri & Sat)


julie said...

wow its amazing how much chocolate you guys sure is a great way to spend the afternoon..

i heard the hot chocolate at fres(n)ch is worth a try too..

Fen said...

Yeh, I was so excited with the chocolates since Thursday... A pretty laid back Sunday to unwind...

Heard about fre(n)sh, at Vivo, right? I am not very good at French cuisine and it dreads me to enter one due to language barrier... Maybe I will drop by these days...

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