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1-caramel is located at 1-rochester. I had my ROM at Roast @ 1-Rochester, walked past 1-caramel on the way to the Bridal Room and noticed cute cupcakes.
I visited in Dec 2011, the attitude of the staff was quite a turn off. I hope the management has rectified this problem. The service from the restaurant downstairs and from the wedding planners were great, so I was quite shocked when we were treated with a “could not care less” attitude from 1-caramel staff.
There was only another table occupied but water took ages to arrive. The staff seemed reluctant to serve water too. Due to the structure of the place(L-shaped), it was hard to catch the staff’s attention. I had to walk to the kitchen to tell the staff I wanted to order something extra.
Salty caramel cupcake. This was very yummy. Well-balanced taste of saltiness and sweetness
S***** cupcake, chocolate sort of thing with marshmallows which was rich and very sweet
Vanilla soufflé with strawberry ice cream. This was superb too.
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Honestly, what is the big deal about desserts? Every women’s magazine on the shelves seems to accent something about how women love their desserts and it is better than s**. Seriously, really? Then there must be something wrong with.. Oh nevermind. It could be that there has been a lack of good desserts here in Singapore. You have your patisseries that claim to make the best macarons and souffles but more often than not, like the souffle, it falls flat.
But 1-Caramel Rochester is a game-changer. Go in with however high expectations as you wish, because Head Pastry Chef Ivan would not hesitate to challenge them.
1-Caramel relocated to its current premise in Rochester Park here from Handy Road and it is housed on the second level to its brother restaurant 1-Rochester. The cafe/sweet patisserie is a little hard to find amidst the greenery but it is the hidden gem we would search to find. To get to the main dining area, you have to ascend a flight of steps from the restaurant located on the ground floor. Strangely enough, we were greeted into an open kitchen used primarily for baking with a display cabinet housing the different pastries and cakes available for that day. We wondered if we were caught in the wrong place as we glanced at the steel kitchen that was producing such delicious smells. But Chef Ivan caught sight of our lost faces and brought us in to the adjacent 16-seater dining room and we sighed relief. Strange planning of spaces but nonetheless interesting.
With a name like 1-Caramel, it was surprise that the cafe offers all day brunch everyday. Items range from the rustic traditional Big Breakfast Platter which comes with poached,scrambled or fried eggs with German sausage, bacon, roast tomato, baked beans, spinach, fries and toasted country bread to a slightly more substantial treat, the 1-Caramel Cheeseburger.
One time that tests the cafe’s testament to skills in any brunch menu is the Traditional Eggs Benedict ($14). 1-Caramel offers theirs with poached eggs on toasted English muffin with hollandaise sauce and smoked salmon or ham. Unlike others that we have tried, the version here boasts of wobbly warm eggs that immediately burst with golden-yellow yolk. Paired with ebiko and smoked salmon, the hollandaise sauce is creamy and slightly tangy with a charred surface from a blow torch. The effect was a nice touch and heightened the flavours.
Eggs are our Achilles’ heel so we ordered the 1-Caramel Baked Eggs to supplement our meal. We were advised that there was a waiting time but the chef took the effort for us to have our Eggs Benedict first so that he could prepare the baked eggs so we would not have to wait long. It was really thoughtful because otherwise we might have to wait frustratingly; kudos to the service standards!
The baked eggs arrived piping hot with a side of Toasted Brioche Soldiers. Our fork revealed layers of surprise; melted cheese at the top, two baked eggs and a medley of sausage and mushroom at the bottom. We would have liked our eggs to be a little less cooked but the ‘stuffing’ satisfied our breakfast cravings. Having said this, it was the brioche soldiers that was the highlight. The brioche was lightly buttered and arrived perfectly toasted much to our delight!
If you are like us and have difficulty choosing to what dessert to have, go for the 1-Caramel Assiette (three desserts at $16). The dessert platter is strictly made for sharing when you can not decide but there will be no punishment if you want the have the platter for yourself. Just do yourself a favour and not count the calories. The selection comes in petite sizes, but if you want a specific dessert for yourself, they have it (in all the larger version) at $14.
The Tropical Vodka Trifle is a lovely creation of Pineapple Gazpacho Jelly, Pineapple sponge cubes with crystallized baked almonds topped with coconut sorbet. The flavours were complementary, with the gorgeous coconut sorbet softening the tartness of the jelly. It reminds of summer days with a Pina Colada, in fact, the creation might have been inspired by the cocktail! One note of caution, the vodka in the jelly is pretty strong. Don’t say that we did not warn you! Hic.
The pink wobbling dessert is the Raspberry Lychee Rose Pannacotta with Lychee Lemon Compote. Reminiscent of an Isapahan, the cream pudding had a light rose-water aftertaste. The lychee and lemon compote added a new dimension to the dessert and gave a nice tartness to the pudding. Even the rose-flavoured sugar art was delicious!
Unassuming was the Earl Grey Creme Brulee. Accompanied by earl grey macarons, the traditional custard dessert infused the heady scent of earl grey tea which is mildly sweet and light, so that the custard is not too overwhelming. A surprise was the grissini cheese straws dusted with tea and icing powder that balanced on the bowl. Slightly savoury, it contrasted nicely from the sweet custard to cleanse the taste buds.
Our favourite however, goes to the 1-Caramel Baked Alaska ($14)! We only have had a baked alaska one other time so we had to order it. The baked alaska is a combination of homemade chunky strawberry and vanilla Madagascar ice cream coated with a delicious rhum Italian merin...
1 Rochester Park
Tel: +65 6774 1302 | Website
Monday to Friday: 11.30am to 10.30pm
Weekends: 10.00am to 10.30pm (Brunch till 4.00pm)
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The $18++ set lunch at 1-Caramel consisted of 3 courses, starting off with a Creamy Mushroom Soup served with crusty bread.
Take a whiff of the Creamy Mushroom Soup and we could immediately smell a strong buttery, milky aroma. Indeed, the mushroom soup was rich in butter and milk, which almost overpowered that of the mushrooms. There was a distinct absence of the typical seasonings used in canned mushroom soups thus we believed that the soup was freshly made. Texture wise, the soup was rather thin, not thick and viscous. Given its creaminess, it even seemed suitable to be the base sauce for a pasta dish. On the whole, it was a commendable mushroom soup.
Main courses wise, we had a selection of 4 to choose from:
Croque Monsieur – Ham, tomato and creamy bechamel sauce on toasted brioche
Twice-baked Gruyere Souffle with Leaf Salad
Caesar salad with Poached Chicken – Baby romaine lettuce, avocado, croutons topped with parmesan
Single Egg Benedict – Ham or smoked salmon and home fries
Our first main course was the Single Egg Benedict, with smoked salmon. The most basic criteria of eggs benedict is the perfectly poached egg, where the egg yolk oozes out upon slicing through. Secondly, it would be the thick, smooth and creamy hollandaise sauce. Well, the egg was indeed poached perfectly, but the hollandaise sauce seemed to taste strongly of mustard. One interesting difference was the topping of fish roe atop the benedict, which added a strong seafood saltiness. Nothing much to complain about the eggs benedict.
What impressed us most has got to be our other main course, the Twice-baked Gruyere Souffle with leaf salad. We have tried sweet dessert souffles before, but this has got to be our first savoury souffle and the mere look of it simply blew us away. The dish was served piping hot and we could see the cheese sauce bubbling! Our first instinct was to immediately take an entire spoonful of the cheese sauce. It was hot, it was rich, it was just like having cheese fondue! We figured that this dish was first baked for the souffle to rise, and the second bake was together with the gruyere cheese sauce. There was also a layer of semi-melted cheese on the top surface of the souffle. The souffle itself was soft, and intrinsically bland. But if you allowed it to soak up the cheese, it tasted really good. In fact, it seemed that the gruyere cheese sauce was the highlight and less of the souffle. We actually wished bread could be given to dip into the excess cheese fondue.
Our 2 selections of the mini cakes were the Chocolate Praline Cake and the Strawberry Shortcake. The Chocolate Praline Cake was akin to a typical Noisette, with layers of chocolate mousse and hazelnut praline feuilletine.
The Strawberry Shortcake consisted of layers of fresh strawberries, vanilla genoise and strawberry cream, coated with puff pastry flakes. The flakes weren’t crispy and were rather soft and moist. The strawberry shortcake was rather moist and creamy. Together with the buttery flakes, it bore a strong resemblance to the strudels at Ritz Apple Strudels.
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if you’re looking for brunch options in this area – I’m going to have to point you to graze. this place was really rather meh, with uninspiring food and an ambience that made nothing of its gorgeous surroundings. if the other places around here are packed up, then perhaps you could come here – but otherwise I’m not sure there’s any point. on hindsight (which this is, of course), there was nothing really wrong with the place so much as it was pretty boring. it isn’t very expensive, the food wasn’t bad – serviceable, really – and the place wasn’t run down. it just felt like it had so much more potential to be fantastic! but alas. the eggs florentine came with its requisite runny yolk and sufficiently smooth hollandaise on toasted crumpets, with a side of dressed salad, and my caesar salad had romaine and a poached egg. I did like the poached egg – but I had taken up the option of chicken, and that came as minuscule pieces that did nothing for the salad. the desserts fared a little better, with stronger flavours and more impression of skill. the soufflé was sufficiently risen but held no clear hazelnut flavour; I give them kudos for a decent chocolate ice cream though. the platter of three desserts weren’t too bad neither: the sticky date pudding was a better rendition than at jones the grocer, the praline a deep and not-too-sweet slice. I thought the pannacotta was the weakest – I can’t even remember now what it was. that’s the problem with the meal – it was rather humdrum. I certainly didn’t dislike it – I wouldn’t raise any issue if someone suggested coming here, but I almost definitely wouldn’t be coming back on my own. not too expensive, and we were stuffed at the end of the meal – there’s conceivably a mild recommendation hiding somewhere in this if you’d like one.
Try the baked alaska, its good. The ambience is very nice as well, secluded location and the place is cozy and relaxed.
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