Photo credit: 1 Rochester Facebook
1 Caramel is under the same roof as 1 Rochester, which both belong to the same group. It is most famous for desserts and its fame has travelled far. Located in the midst of a park, it is surrounded by greens and the alfresco area is a beautiful place to dine under if not for a rainy day. 1 Caramel used to exist on the top storey of 1 Rochester, with its desserts kitchen and sitting area together. However, they have already closed up the sitting area but you could get the 1 Caramel desserts by dining at 1 Rochester.
No 1 Rochester Park
Tel: 6773 0070
1 Caramel website
1 Caramel facebook
Because the area for 1 Caramel was closed, the only sitting area is at the first floorth which is mainly for dining. Hence the pairing of desserts and a boring restaurant design did not add any points to the experience. I was actually quite disappointed at how normal the first floorth look and I did not take a snapshot of it.
However, the alfresco area is really pretty and you should visit on a good weather day to experience dining under the sky!
I have a good impression of Pralines as they are smooth, thick, creamy and chocolatey. Would love to try this the next time I come back!
Famouse for their strawberry shortcake!!
After going through the menu we decided to go with a Valrhona Dark Chocolate Bomb. When served, it is a pretty perfect sphere made of chocolate and a warm berry compote (or sauce) is poured over the bomb and part of the chocolate melts to expose the hazelnut praline in the core. It was a surprising presentation which I have not seen elsewhere.
We dug in but my tastebud was disappointed! Personally I don't really like the sourness of berries and the sauce is really too sour for me. It overpowers the chocolate flavour as a whole and I tried my best to avoid all the berry sauce as I attempted the dessert.
I was mainly savouring the awesome hazelnut praline in the centre which is really sweet (warning to those who are not sweet toothed!).Next time I come back, Hazelnut Praline cake will be the one!
Since they are notoriously known for their fluffy strawberry shortcake, we decided to go with the crowd and ordered one. I love their presentation to a great extent! Pretty to eat.
So, the verdict is that, it is really extremely light and soft!!! The cake layer is almost non-existent once it enters your mouth and it is so light you can have 2 or 3 slices at one go! The cream was just sweet, so it is really easy to eat this cake. However the pastry crust at the bottom was hard to cut and I felt that it did not add points to the taste of the strawberry shortcake! Maybe a slightly crispier layer could be used instead!