Sunday, February 1, 2009

Laurent Bernard Chocolatier @ the Pier

Along the stretch of the Singapore River, Robertson Quay is less heard when compared to Boat Quay and Clarke Quay and thus one will be surprised by the tranquil ambience offered by this more laid-back cousin. I recall my first visit to Robertson Quay was my visit to Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie and I can never forget the leisurely walk with Yuan along the other part of the river.

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When it comes to history, Robertson Quay was a site for merchants’ offices, warehouses and jetties to facilitate the loading and unloading of goods. Being a fishing village in the past, our parents and grandparents will be able to describe the old Kampong (village) houses along the banks.

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After my visit to Laurent @ Portsdown Road, several readers and friends have asked me about their flagship branch @ the Pier so having dropped by for a chocolate fix recently, I have brought back lovely pictures of this place to tempt everybody to come by and enjoy the wonderful chocolate treats.

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Unlike the rustic outlook adopted by the branch @ Portsdown Road, this branch has a brighter interior seating with the use of contemporary colours of white, green and black.

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With ample lighting through its glass-paned walls, it provides a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the serenity of Robertson Quay. Although the window seats fail to overlook the Singapore River, it was an interesting sight to look at the passer-by on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

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Some of the exterior seatings which are often full on weekend evenings...

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With a huge shelf at one corner of the cafe, one will not miss the individual ornaments... Some are pretty interesting...

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Although the no-photo policy sign was placed on the main door, Mr. Laurent did honour his word to allow photography upon asking for permission. When it comes to service, the staff are prompt when voicing our requests.

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Most of Mr. Laurent's chocolate desserts are memorable and the dessert that have always leave a deep impression in my mind is none other the chocolate tart. That is something I will not complain when there is excess as it is simply addictive and heavenly.

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Our afternoon spent at Laurent is no doubt a nice one and I would like to express my greatest thank you to Laurent's business development manager for her promptness in replying my emails and also to allow us to take so many pictures.

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We are definitely going back for more Laurent's creations.

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For your information, the other items which we have for the afternoon were Plaisir sucré and cheesecake.
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Laurent Bernard Chocolatier
The Pier at Robertson Quay 80
Mohammad Sultan Road #01-11
Singapore 239013

Tel: 6235 9007
http://www.thechocolatefactoryonline.com/

8 comments:

evan 이벤젤린 said...

wah your pics are superb! i especially love the pic of the rows of tables of chairs. totally brings out the feel of the place and the ambience looks really nice! cannot wait to go!!

ladyironchef said...

WOW! agree with evan, really nice photos. i wanna go laurent bernard too! haha. which email you send to eh? what you asked? haha

Fen said...

Haha, thank you for the compliments. Finally, Evan chose the picture I took. Yuan has been stealing the limelight recently... Definitely worth a trip, particularly for the chocolates...

The email can be found on their website... just ask loh...

SiHaN said...

hey fen.. may i ask whether the chocolate pralines available for sale are also sold at the portsdown branch? am thinking of getting some.. I'm CRAVING for them. haha

Fen said...

They are available at both Portsdown and Robertson branches and the chocolates are stored in the nice, chilly 16C room.

The flavours available can be found in one of my old Laurent's entries...

If you like hazelnut praline, don't miss their chocolate tart...

Olga said...

what a beautiful place! and I really like your photos. And the cake looks magnificent.

Fen said...

It is indeed a beautiful place for chocolate. Thank you for your compliment.

Anonymous said...

Can't take photos here? Omg then how m i gonna do a review about them next time? :(

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