While Canele is known for their decadently scrumptious desserts, they do serve up a small selection of French comfort food. We were craving some homestyled French stews and macarons, and so, we made a beeline for Canele. We were at the supermarket doing groceries anyway.
Although the Portobello & Beef Ragout ($11) was, in my opinion, really quite pricey, especially in light of its minscule portion, it (sort of) made up for the price point by being quite delicious.
A rich and full-bodied stewed beef was layered upon a juicy grilled portobello and topped with melted mozzarella.
The Provencal Chicken Stew ($14) was, compared to the portobello starter, surprisingly priced very reasonably. I've always loved stews, and this didn't disappoint. It had a comforting chicken stock base, sweetened with celery and carrots, and chunked up with large pieces of succulent chicken. Oh and the crusty bread served alongside the stew was wonderful for wiping up any remnants of the yummy gravy.
The Braised Beef in Red Wine ($16) had a very deep, full-bodied and robust flavour to it, much richer than Casserole's version. Sweeter too, with the liberal use of root vegetables and tomatoes.
Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Tel: 6334 7377
Open daily from 11am to 10pm