Theobroma Chocolate Lounge

Mike and I had big plans last Saturday:

  • We were going to wake up and study
  • Then off to South Bank, we were going to go back to Beastie Burgers and eat their delicious wedges
  • Then we were going to watch Iron Man 3 in all its glory in 3D
  • And then end the night getting fat and eating delicious waffles at Gelare.

Our plans were slightly foiled when we arrived over an hour early to book tickets for the 2:30pm show – they were already sold out. Oh no!

But that was alright, we bought tickets for the 6:00pm show instead ($8 – so cheap!). But now it left us with an extra, unplanned 5 hours of time.

We had passed by Theobroma Chocolate Lounge on the way to the movie theater and made a note to come back someday. Turned out today would be the day!

Greeted by friendly staff as we walked in and offered our choice of seats. We decided to sit inside by the open windows. Although I adore Max Brenner, I dislike how there’s always a huge line and the place is always packed. Theobroma was quiet, definitely more inviting especially because we were thinking doing some studying.

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The mirrored wall gave the illusion of an extra spacious lounge. And comfy chairs! Another good sign this would be a nice place to settle for a couple of hours.

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A very extensive menu that offered not only chocolatey deliciousness in all forms but there were savoury food items as well. A little something for everyone. Because we already had plans to eat elsewhere later, Mike and I opted for drinks only.

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Mike got a flat white. The coffee was just okay, unfortunately not much love was put into this coffee. I think he plans to stick with chocolate drinks from now on.

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And I can’t remember the exact name of my drink – and it’s not listed on the menu online. It was along the lines of an iced mint chocolate. There’s a choice of white, milk, or dark chocolate – I chose dark and it was delicious! I also liked the fact that it wasn’t too rich, especially because it was quite a large drink. The chocolate design on the inside of the glass was an additional nice touch. Not to mention I could scrape and eat it as well. ๐Ÿ˜›

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We studied for a few hours and never felt pressured to leave – thanks Theobroma!

They also have an impressive display of chocolates (approximately $2-3/each) at the counter.

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We bought 2 on the way out: Pineapple caramel and Creme Brule. Could not taste any pineapple or caramel flavour of the first one. The chocolate was also dry which made us think it had been sitting around for too long. The creme brulee, however, was super tasty.

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Good prices, friendly service, quiet ambiance, and lots of choices to choose from off the menu. We will be back! … But not for the coffee ๐Ÿ˜›

And the rest of the day went exactly as planned. What a great day!

PS: If you haven’t seen Iron Man 3 yet… watch it. You won’t be disappointed ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Recent culinary delights

I have been lazy, but I have still been cooking!

Thinly sliced firm tofu marinated in homemade bulgogi (Korean grilled marinated beef) sauce. Mmm, vegetarian dinner!

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I made risotto for the first time, with arborio rice. It was a lot more time consuming than I expected but no crunchy rice – success! Michael gave his stamp of approval for my bacon mushroom risotto with Parmesan cheese.

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I saw this on Imgur. It looked too cool, I had to try it too. ๐Ÿ˜› Next time, MOAR CHEESE.

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French toast made with currant bread, topped with real maple syrup and kiwis on the side. Delicious breakfast to start a day of studying!

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Choya Umeshu

Mike and I finally opened the bottle of Umeshu we picked up at duty free coming home from Singapore – yay! Choya is one of the most famous brands of umeshu and we bought the Royal Honey version – with added royal jelly (secretion from honey bees) and sweetened with honey rather than sugar.

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Umeshu is commonly known as Japanese “plum wine” or “plum liqueur”. It is made from steeping green, unripe ume fruits in alcohol and sugar/honey. Although widely referred to as plums, ume fruit is more closely related to the apricot. The alcohol used is Shลchลซ, typically distilled from barley, sweet potatoes or rice.

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With a 15% alcohol content, umeshu is rich, distinctively fruity while being both sweet and sour. It can also be served a variety of ways at different temperatures (iced, room temperature, even hot). We enjoyed our drinks on the rocks, although it can be also mixed as cocktails or simply with tonic or soda. In a colder climate, it can even be mixed with green tea or water and enjoyed hot!

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New Shanghai – A return visit

Mike had been craving Xiao Long Bao (steamed dumplings filled with soup) for ages. Naturally, we were both excited to hear about the opening of New Shanghai and were eager to try it.

When it first opened, Mike and i stopped by two evenings but quickly left because of the huge line at the door. Last month, we decided on a whim to have lunch there, ran into a friend and took him along as well. Luckily there was no line up and the food was tasty with good service. Decided we would definitely return.

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Recent dumpling cravings got the best of us which marked our second visit last Wednesday. Fortunately, the line wasn’t too long. We wrote down a table for 2, grabbed a number and waited to be called. Mike and I grabbed seats in front of the display window and passed the time watching workers make different kinds of dumplings.

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Our number was soon called and we were seated in the middle of a bench between 2 other groups, which was fine with us.

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Staring at the menu ๐Ÿ˜›

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A little wasteful, but I do like how the menus double as place mats. They soak up all the soya sauce we drip, haha!

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We weren’t checked on after being seated but had no trouble hailing the server a few times to place our order, get some water, and getting little bowls for our sauces. They have soya sauce and vinegar at the table, but we both really wished they had some chili as well!

The food came out quickly and staggered, which was appreciated as there wasn’t much room at our seats.

New Shanghai Pan Fried Pork Buns (8pcs). Soft fluffy pastry with a crisp golden bottom. Inside, a nicely flavoured pork filling and a burst of hot soup – delicious!

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Pan Fried Pork Dumplings (8pcs). These ones are similar to the Xiao Long Bao as they have the same pork and soup filling but I like them better because of the thicker skin and crispy pan fried goodness!

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Lastly, we had Shepherd’s Purse & Pork Wonton Tossed with Sesame Butter, Red Chilli Oil & Spice (10 pcs). Wontons were nicely cooked and we loved the flavour combination sesame butter and red chili – will definitely be trying this at home! I also had no idea what Shepherd’s purse (green-spinach-looking component of the wonton filling) is but now I know it’s a plant also called Capsella bursa-pastoris.

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Food was great and we even ended up taking home leftovers. Prices are very good for the quality and number of dumplings you receive. We stuck to the dim sum menu but maybe next time we’ll try some of the mains. Need to come with a handful of friends though, that way we can try more things!

Also, I loved the decor, especially the mirrors on the walls, the stone floors and the wooden window and door designs.

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Restaurant was still bustling when we left, with an even longer line of people outside waiting to be seated.

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