Famed for its All Chocolate cake, Awfully Chocolate has grown from one small shop in Katong selling only a simple dark chocolate cake into a F&B chain with cafes, restaurants and shops in Singapore and various cities in China. The flagship store in Katong, Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe, is now a cosy place for freshly handmade chocolate cakes and desserts as well as for awfully good dinner and brunch.
Ninethirty to Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe
The Awfully Chocolate flagship store is located at the junction of East Coast Road and Joo Chiat Road. It started offering savoury food many years back and later became an all day dining cafe called Ninethirty by Awfully Chocolate. In late 2021, the flagship store unveiled a new look after closing briefly for a makeover. It is now known simply as the Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe and has new menus for brunch and dinner.
The Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe in Katong looks different from the other Awfully Chocolate outlets. The interior, based on the brand’s design philosophy of evoking a sense of space and simplicity, is stylish but casual and welcoming.
The casual dining cafe has a variety of seating arrangements, including two-person tables and four-person booths. Diners can choose to sit near the full height glass panels and look out to the vibrant neighbourhood, or choose a table deep inside the cafe and have a sense of calmness in contrast to the busy world outside.
Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe Menu
The flagship Awfully Chocolate store offers its famous chocolate cake as well as other cakes, pastries and chocolates to be enjoyed in the cafe or for takeaway. The newly rebranded cafe in Katong offers brunch plates, including a specially curated menu for 2: The Bakery Club Brunch, and a very reasonably priced dinner menu set.
Below are a few pictures of the Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe Menu. The online menu is on the cafe’s website.
Dinner Set Menu
The dinner menu set is great value at only $25 with a choice of a Starter and a Main. Diners can add a beverage for $3 or wine for $9.
We opted for the Singapore Borscht Soup and Wild Mushroom Soup for our starters. Both were served with fresh soft bread and butter.
The Singapore Borscht Soup was a comforting bowl of soup with stewed beef, beetroot and cabbage topped with a dollop of sour cream. It had a balance of savoury-sour-sweet flavours. The beef was very tender. The soup dish was delectable and could be a complete meal with some bread.
The Wild Mushroom Soup was also very good. The portobello mushrooms added a nice chewy and meaty texture to the lush creamy soup. It had an intense and rich earthy flavour. It was as good as the really good mushroom soups we had tried in upscale restaurants.
Angus Beef Brisket and Ribeye Steak were the mains we chose.
The braised beef brisket was served with fondant potato. The beef was succulent, meltingly tender and tasty. It was an uncomplicated dish packed with rich flavours. We thought its was comparable to a dish we might get in some fine dining restaurants.
The ribeye steak was served with a very generous potion of truffle fries. The thin cut fries were crispy and enjoyable. The steak was cooked to the exact doneness requested. The meat had marbling throughout and was juicy and flavourful. The mushroom peppercorn pan sauce was a great topping which made the dish even more relishable.
Awfully Good Dinner
Just like the the cakes of Awfully Chocolate which look simple but taste really good, the food on Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe Dinner Set Menu seems straightforward but is delightful. Well prepared with quality ingredients, the food is more like what we expect in a premium restaurant than a casual cafe. At $25, the set menu is an awfully good dinner deal – good food, great value.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
The Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe
131 East Coast Road
Tel: +65 6345 2190
Sun – Thu: 8 am – 10 pm
Fri – Sat: 8 am – Late
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