Canele's very value-for-money Afternoon Tea ($12) comprises 8 small bites, and a tea or coffee. Sufficient for a light snack, but not too much that it'll spoil your appetite for dinner.And so easy on the wallet.
1 of 2 savouries, the Crab Canape was my favourite, with its refreshingly sweet mayo-ed crabmeat topping and flaky shortcrust pastry base.
The Smoked Salmon Canape was twirled around a crunchy asparagus stalk and set atop a dill mayo spread. Well balanced.
I loved the subtly creamy Creme Fraiche, and it complemented the could-be-sweeter Strawberry.
The tear-inducing sour notes of the Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry were countered by the rich sweetness of the chocolate.
A mainstay here, the Rose Macaron, boasts a velvety butter cream accented by a delicate rose extract.
In keeping with the floral theme, the Violette Macaron is lightly perfumed with violet flavoured cream. I liked that the floral flavouring didn't drown out the buttery sugar-ed confection, I'd have felt like I was downing a bottle of perfume.
The Scone, dusted with icing sugar, was buttery, dense and understated.
The Afternoon Tea cake-of-the-day, a Mango Shortcake, with chantilly cream, ripened mangoes, and a light-as-air sponge, is, on its own, enough to make the afternoon tea so worthwhile. This little perfect confectionery was exquisite.
We also had a couple of ala carte items to share, like their popular Le Royale ($8) with praline feuilletine, 64% chocolate cream, and a moist fudge brownie. This is the ultimate chocolate indulgence meant for chocoholics.
The Cream of Mushroom Soup ($8) touched with a bit of truffle oil, hit all the right flavour buttons but was disappointingly watery.
Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie
290 Orchard Road, Paragon
Tel: 6733 8893
Open daily from 8.30am to 10pm