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Double Bay Australian Dining and Bar has been at Raffles City Shopping Centre for quite a number of years, but we have never visited the place, until yesterday…
It was around 10 at night, and not that many eating places (with good desserts) were opened at that time. We have heard about the molten chocolate cake from Double Bay and since it doesn’t close till 1am, we decided to give it a try. This place is largely known for Fish and Chips, but our main aim was still the desserts. We ordered the Molten Warm Chocolate Lava Cake (approximately 15 to 20 minutes of waiting time) and the Banoffee Pie (P was rather excited when she spotted this in the menu that she dashed straight into the restaurant without the typical “please wait to be seated” attitude – her unassuming love for desserts!)
Both desserts were served together after 15 minutes. Of course, after the usual photo taking session, we immediately went for the Molten Warm Chocolate Lava Cake.
Looks wise, pretty simple, nothing too fanciful. And since this was our first visit here, we did not know what to expect from their desserts. So when the desserts were served, we were still pretty calm… that is, until we broke open the Molten Warm Chocolate Lava Cake … … …
and all hell broke loose!! The luscious molten chocolate started flowing out of the shell as we hurriedly use our spoons to scrap up every single bit of chocolate. The chocolate kept flowing out; we kept scraping and sending those warm molten chocolate down our throats. It was satisfying, not to mention pretty exciting as well. It was seriously quite a huge serving of molten chocolate. And it was like the eruption of a volcano as the molten chocolate flowed out of its shell. And within a couple of minutes, we had demolished the entire lava cake. Absolutely satisfying.
Banoffee Pie (the name is a portmanteau of Banana and Toffee) is an English pastry based dessert made from bananas, cream and toffee, on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. We have never tried Banoffee Pie in Singapore before.The bananas were caramelized, and tasted rather sweet. There was a digestive biscuit like crust on top of the layers of banana and added crunchiness to the pie. We didn’t quite like the cream on top of the pie though, and after a few bites, we just removed the cream. Overall, the Banoffee Pie was pretty good, it was something different from the cakes we’ve tried. The combination of caramelized banana and toffee made the pie sweet, but not overwhelming.
With an extra $2, you could also add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to each dessert. Personally, we felt that the vanilla ice cream was mediocre. The vanilla taste was rather mild, there was a slight taste of nuts though. But overall, the ice cream was something you can do without.
We spent $26.85 for the 2 desserts. Satisfying meal.
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Heard about, read about it, rode past it, and finally, I was there last Saturday :D
A relatively new tenant nestled in one of the outside nooks of Raffles City facing Raffles Hotel, Double Bay can look like a chill out place rather than a proper dinner place I feel, with its full glass panels and lazy soothing music. A very early dinner at 5pm, us 2 girls chose the indoor seats, which I soon found out can turn very chilly when seated for too long.
We ordered light because of dessert plans after that:
Seafood Ciopinno ($10.90) - "rich seafood broth with fresh Tasmanian mussels, clams, squid, and fish". A very rich and very sweet seafood clear broth served with a side of bread. The freshness of the seafood made this an outstanding starter, I like this alot!! Couldn't make out what they had on the bread, but it tasted good nonetheless. They also ran out of anything squid that day, so that might have explained the generous portion of clams.
Pan seared blue swimmer crabcake ($17.90) - "with sweet peppers, lemon mayo, and mesclun". A larger than expected serving of fresh crab meat which did not need too much dressing nor seasoning. Was much much better than what I had so far from all the other atas places. Could have been grilled better though.
Australian Barramundi ($22.90) - "soft, white, less fatty, less flaky" was the description of this fish we chose for our fish & chips (you can choose from at least 6 kinds of fish). While fresh, we couldn't taste any beer in our beer batter (there's choice of 3 kinds of batter). The thick cut fries served along with it was a little disappointing because it was mainly soggy, and came served with ketchup, tartar sauce, and something which tasted like vinegar (??).
Service needs to be brushed up alot. Seated in a corner, we really had difficulty getting attention despite several tries although the place was rather empty still at around 6:30pm. Service staff looked right through our waving hands for some strange reason.
Overall, I guess the starters fared much better than the main, and the dessert selection looked quite good too, although I didn't get to try it. I am tempted enough to make a revisit soon :D
This restaurant seemed to be little known but it serverd pretty good food. Had dinner there and they are famed for their fish and chips, with many different choices of fish to select from. They also have very good appetizers/starters that has a portion suitable for ladies with small appetite or simply for someone who just want a small meal. Tried the 'Barred cod fish with beer batter' fish and chips. Decent and very evident taste of cod which I love. Also the pork loin and prok belly with caramelised apples (both comes under appetizers). Not as oily as I expected and the pork belly is a very popular dish there. All in all, good service, good setting, good food and good beer (little creatures beer are available, bright ale and pale ale).
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