Ever since our encounter with expensive poached eggs, I have been curious to find cheaper alternatives to this dish.
Canelé's version of Egg Benedict is the Eggs Florentine ($13.50++) which is basically poached eggs with hollandaise, sautéed spinach, Paris ham on toasted brioche. I really love the presentation of this dish. Unlike the emptiness offered at Choupinette, Canelé has it nicely spread out with a generous serving of salad. Both poached eggs were nicely cooked with runny egg yolks and the introduction of spinach improves the overall taste. However, the amount of vinegar is too much in the hollandaise sauce, making it slightly sour to both our likings and that the texture of the egg white has changed alittle, probably due to excessive use of vinegar.
We had Canelé's carbonara ($13.50++) before and the impression of this was positive to get us to order again. As described, this is served with onion and bacon cream sauce sprinkled with aged Parmesan cheese. The addition of a poached egg makes it very different from a conventional carbonara which gets very cloying after several bites. Moreover, the spaghetti was perfectly cooked with just the right texture softness and that the fragrance of the bacon is so strong and overwhelming.
This is the 3rd time which we have eaten Le Royale and we felt that we needed to update our previous review. The mixture of taste when you bite would be: Chocolate mousse, Caramel, Hazelnut. Just based on the taste of the hazelnut praline, it lacks the crunch. Caramel as readers know, Yuan is not a fan of it and that I am neutral with it. This leaves the winning factor of Le Royale to be the chocolate mousse itself and chocolate mousse of high cocoa content. Overall, it is worth another try but Yuan would preferred to have a greater proportion of their chocolate mousse while me, a creamier and smoother chocolate mousse.
There is definitely an improvement from the last time we had this cake and now I love it so much that I have gladly finished the entire slice on my own. The texture is so much softer than the last time I had. Although the cream is not as light as Rive Gauche and BakerZin, the overall combination is worth mentioning and I would recommend it to Strawberry Shortcake lovers.
However, Yuan felt that apart from the softer texture. it still retains the grainy after-taste. Overall nice but does not really stand out from its rivals.
Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie (Shaw Centre)
1 Scotts Road
#01-01A, Shaw Centre
Tel: 6738 9020
Operating hours - 11am to 10pm daily