When it comes to chocolate desserts, no one does it better than Laurent Bernard Chocolatier. Formerly known as The Chocolate Factory, the newly renamed Laurent’s Café & Chocolate Bar has two branches at Robertson Quay and Portsdown road. Whenever I’m having dinner at the Robertson Quay restaurants, I always find it hard to decide between Canele Patisserie or Laurent Bernard for desserts.
For those of you who are having a chocolate craving, I’m sure Laurent’s Cafe & Chocolate Bar can satisfy you with the chocolatey truffle cake, my favourite Plaisir Sucré, the delicious chocolate tart and of course, their famous Chocolate Souffle.
One of my favourite cakes from Laurent Bernard Cafe is definitely the Pleasure ($9.80). The classic Plaisir Sucré comprises whipped chocolate cream and ganache in between the beautiful and delicate chocolate sheets, and a base of hazelnut and praline; it is out-of-this-world.
The Trianon ($7.80) reminds me of the Plaisir Sucré. In place of the chocolate sheets, it has the dark yet rich chocolate mousse, and the base of hazelnut dacquoise is excellent. Look at the picture on top, the dessert looks so gorgeous!
Having the Chocolate Soufflé ($16.50) may takes time and patience, but straight out from the oven, it’s instant gratification. Once you start digging your spoon into the souffle cup, it’s almost impossible to stop, that is, until you are down to the last smear of the spoon.
The chocolate souffle is moist, dark, rich, and intense while the accompanying raspberry sherbet is sour, tangy and provides the perfect balance to the dessert.
There’s a waiting time of 15-30 minutes for the chocolate soufflé, and like they say: good things come to those who can wait. But sometimes, I’m not so sure. Between the chocolate soufflé and warm chocolate lava cake, I’m inclined to go for the latter – who can resist the magnificent oozing effect? Not me.
Chocolate bars are my Disney land, somehow they know how to make me happy. If you are in the Esplanade or Vivocity area, go to Max Brenner Chocolate Bar, and if you are somewhere near Robertson Quay or Portsdown road, then it’s a must to go Laurent Bernard Chocolatier to satisfy your chocolate craving.
Laurent Bernard Chocolatier
#01-11 The Pier at Robertson Quay
80 Mohammad Sultan Road
Tel: +65 6235 9007
Mon: 6pm – 11pm
Tue to Thu: 1pm – 12 midnight
Fri & Sat: 1pm – 1am
Sun: 1pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay
All that’s chocolate! Which means everything on the menu! :p
By the way, have you tried Pave at East Coast Rd? Nice artisan chocolates at a reasonable price. Their brownies are supposedly good too but I always get hooked up on their chocolates, haha!
I had a Chocolate Souffle at the Robertson Quay outlet…and….unfortunately was very disappointed. My mum, who was also with me at that time also said that it seemed terrible. The top part was WAYY overly done and not soft at all…it was an overdone chocolate cake..
Choc souffle is not really nice there.. I’m a bit dissapointed also.. I could taste the chocolate grain, but the rum and raisin souffle is nice.. ^.^
Very very dissapointed….. I could a taste chocolate tart and my wife took one box of chocolate’s candies and Really we were so dissapointed about French taste and the quality of production.
We are having the habit to travel in Europe for tasting chocolate and cake.
First glance at the chocolate tart, it brought a smile to my face but the taste was nothing to shout about and the customer service was so hopeless, not to mention how terribly disappointing their signature drinks were. We got charged twice on our orders as well, and in summary, don’t patronized this place (esp the Robertson Quay branch) Total letdown.
I love this place. This is very rare to find such quality products in Singapore. The waiting time for the souffle proves that it is done on the spot and that is what I like at Laurent’s cafe.
I was at portsdown last weekend having a full fledge brunch with my gf where we had breakfast platter Eggs Benedict’s ok but Omelette souffle burnt taste. Cappucino is not bad n highly anticipated chocolate souffle is just ok… but somehow their platter’s bread ( Baguette I think) is super NICE. crunchy crust, flavorful soft inside. Must try! the accompany butter with orange tint is pretty interesting too.
I’d definitely be back for their baguette I believe and their other chocolate desserts others are raving about.
Today, I went to collect my cake from the taka shop which I have ordered it online. I have put the timing as early as possible so that it will reach early. To my surprise, the cake has not arrived in the shop when we were there in the noon. We waited and waited. The staff told us that it will reach in 10min but it never came. We have to make calls to the top management and they also could not do anything. Not just that, they could not provide alternatives. In the end, we waited for 30min before the driver sent the cake to the shop. The top management gave unreasonable excuses for the mistake such as ‘you did not put it as urgent in the email”. Hello the fact that I put the date of collection on 7 Feb means I am collecting it on that day why must I put urgent??In the end, our whole itinerary for the day was badly delayed. This shop has a SUPER DUPER BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE. It was one of the WORST CAKE SHOP I HAVE BOUGHT FROM.I will never buy it again and I STRONGLY DONT RECOMMEND this shop.
What is the accompaniment in the tiny cup next to the soufflé and raspberry sorbet?
Absolute worst service I have ever received from a company in Singapore, please do not ever support them or buy from them at all. When I placed my order for a cake, I asked why there was a difference in delivery charge online and at the store, and the staff, desperate for a sale, said they were authorized to charge me at the same price as online delivery. When I called to change the delivery date more than 2 days in advance due to a change of plans, and they delivered the cake wrongly, they requested a one to one exchange on the 2 day old cake. A company that is so calculative and miserly will not do well at all.
The staffs lie to cover their asses, there is miscommunication everywhere, they just do and say what they want to protect themselves, regardless of the direction from the management. I am thoroughly disappointed in Laurent Bernard, this has been a horrible experience and it ruined a birthday celebration.
Don’t ever support them ever again.
Consider how many outlets Laurent Bernard are actually capable to open in a small country like Singapore, I guess his focus is clearly retail. While their pastries and chocolate are clearly not the best (especially when F&B is tremendously competitive in Singapore), their service is not only non-existent,
But plain old rude, arrogant and horrible. No wonder why their reviews are all.so.consistently.bad.
Actually, I’ll take back what I wrote above. I can’t even see how they can even be retail-focused when most of their products are not on display. They expect customers to just cruise in and make purchases without even bother to provide information on how the product looks like.
I just went to order a christmas chocolate log cake. Not only did they not have one on display (which is completely fine), no photos are available. When enquired, Laurent Bernard himself, as the BRAND that represents his products / outlets in Singapore, simply shrugged very rudely and arrogantly without saying a word, as if I am wasting his time. That was followed by slamming the glass door at my face (!).
No wonder why this outlet is constantly empty. I guess he is probably just frustrated.
Well, to Laurent Bernard – sincerely wish you a good year ahead, as you guys may truely need it with this kind of service you are providing.
Never go there unless you have a fetish for bad service.
(Follow up – to proof a point, he doesn’t just abuse his customers in person, he abuses them on facebook as well)