Lips and I headed here after our fantastic meal at My Humble House. Although dinner was great, we really needed to get away from the ridiculously cold temperatures of the way-too-aggressive-air-conditioning in My Humble House. Lips thought a cup of hot chocolate would do the trick, and Max Brenner, a name synonymous with chocolate, was just downstairs. And open till late.
Browsing through the menu, I got irritated with all of the fanciful names and lack of proper description of each of the menu items. Plus, the lack of organization of the menu really annoyed the crap out of me. That's the one thing I never really noticed and took for granted about menus, that there's always some form of categorization of the various dishes so you know where to look for each category and the difference between each of the items in each category. The management really needs a crash course on how to categorize the various items in their menu. I had a very hard time going through the very confusing menu.
The Melting Chocolate Truffle Heart Cake & Shake ($16) was served with vanilla bourbon ice-cream, red berries and an iced milk chocolate shot. You couldn't tell from the menu that this was actually a chocolate lava cake, and we had to ask the waitress for the equivalent of a chocolate lava cake because we couldn't seem to find one on the menu despite poring through it several times! That said, this was delicious, but very very VERY rich. Good thing the berries provided a tart contrast to the richness of the warm chocolate cake. Would have preferred a hint of bitterness to the chocolate cake for a nuanced sweetness.
We loved the HugMug that the Hot Chocolate ($7.50) was served in, so kitschy and adorable! The HugMug doesn't have a handle, you're meant to hold it with both hands, to keep your hands warm. This was a more balanced richness, and creamy and smooth, a comforting delight meant to warm your insides.
Max Brenner Chocolate Bar
8 Raffles Avenue
Esplanade Mall #01-06
Tel: 6235 9556
Open Sundays to Thursdays from 12noon to 10.30pm
Fridays to Saturdays from 12noon to 11.30pm