The Dark Gallery @ MyTOWN Shopping Centre

The Dark Gallery - Discover The Origins Of Chocolate @ MyTOWN Shopping Centre, Cheras


If you love chocolates, and appreciate good artisanal dark chocolate desserts, look no further than The Dark Gallery @ MyTOWN Shopping Centre, Cheras. If you don't know where's MyTOWN Shopping Centre, just head to IKEA Cheras, because it's located just next to eat and is accessible from inside Ikea itself. The Dark Gallery is this really chic looking boutique cafe that promotes artisanal dark chocolate desserts as well as the art behind their making. We learnt lots, check out some of their offerings below. 

The Dark Gallery @ MyTOWN Shopping Centre
The Dark Gallery @ MyTOWN Shopping Centre

The Dark Gallery @ MyTOWN Shopping Centre

Address: Lot No L1-023A & L1-K007
No 6, Jalan Cochrane, 
Seksyen 90 55100
Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Daily 11am - 10pm

The Dark Gallery - Discover The Origins Of Chocolate
The Dark Gallery - Discover The Origins Of Chocolate
All about chocolates and the appreciation of it
All about chocolates and the appreciation of it

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Through a series of tasting flights and an alluring array of confections, you will discover a newfound appreciation and even pick up a thing or two about the different single origin chocolates and chocolate blends like myself. Yes, I learnt so much from a short session at The Dark Gallery yesterday. 

Open your senses , discover the dark
Open your senses , discover the dark

The Dark Gallery, you may be forgiven to think it's an art gallery like what I did when I first heard of this place. It's named so for its specific focus on dark chocolate. Everybody loves dark chocolate, prized for its high cacao content and complex balance of bitter and sweet. 

Signature Hot Chocolate


Signature Hot Chocolate - RM15
Signature Hot Chocolate - RM15

Using couverture chocolate sourced from gourmet chocolate brands, such as Valrhona and Cacao Barry, as well as from other small-batch bean-to-bar chocolatiers, The Dark Gallery serves a rather wide selection of tempting indulgences from ice cream, tarts, macarons, cookies to hot and iced beverages. 

To start things off, I ordered my favourite beverage, the smooth and luscious Signature Hot Chocolate, which came served in a rather unassuming paper cup with The Dark Gallery's logo. Made with frothed fresh milk, topped with shavings of dark chocolate, this is indeed a comforting beverage, perfect for any mood or occasion. 

Single Origin Platters


Single Origin Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Platter - RM21
Single Origin Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Platter - RM21

Before I came to The Dark Gallery, all dark chocolate ice creams were the same to me. After savouring their delightful single origin platters, I could not differentiate between the different dark chocolates, in terms of its acidity, fruitiness, bitterness and intensity. This is so similar to how single origin coffees are appreciated! 

Madagascar, Dominican Republic, or Venezuela?
Madagascar, Dominican Republic, or Venezuela?
We had a choice of four curated tasting platters, where we get to embark on an exploration of single origin chocolate from various countries, such as Madagascar, Dominican Republic, Equador, and Venezeula. Each flight, platter, contains at least three single origin chocolate items of varying cacao content. If you don't understand, they even have these infographic print out that describes the flavour profile of each chocolate. Interesting and very informative! 

We tried their current cacao: a light and fruity 64% Madagascan, a floral and spicy 70% Dominican Republic and an intense bitter sweet 72% Venezuelan which I like! 

Single Origin Chocolate Pastries Platter


Single Origin Chocolate Pastries Platter - RM21
Single Origin Chocolate Pastries Platter - RM21

Pastries platter? Yes please! The Single Origin Chocolate Pastries Platter which we tried contained two fun sized 64% madagascan chocolate macarons, one 66% Ecuador dark chocolate ganache tartlet, a homemade molten 70% Dominican Republic dark chocolate on a torched marshmallow and graham cracker, and a mini trifle containing 72% Venezuelan dark chocolate mousse, caramelised bananas, brownie chunks and whipped cream. 

 64% madagascan chocolate macaron
My favourite: these 64% madagascan chocolate macaron

Signature Desserts from The Dark Gallery


Chocolate Rhapsody, just the name of this dessert got my drooling. Artfully plated, we had the Chocolate Rhapsody, a yummy assortment of textures, featuring three scoops of The Dark Gallery's signature dark, milk and white chocolate ice cream. All these are placed on a bed of crunchy chocolate "soil", with dollops of silky chocolate mousse, crispy chocolate meringue and cacao tuile. 


Chocolate Rhapsody - RM28
Chocolate Rhapsody - RM28

Brownie Mess & Banana Split


Up next, we had the Chocolate Brownie Mess, served warm with dark chocolate sauce, almond tuile and a scoop of customer's choice of ice cream. Perfect for any occasion, I did find the brownie a tad sweeter than expected though. The ice cream helps to balance it out. 


The Chocolate Brownie Mess - RM20
The Chocolate Brownie Mess - RM20

A banana split with a slight twist, more of an enhancement if you asked me. We had The Dark Gallery's New Banana Split next, a luxurious version of the timeless classic, composed of vanilla, strawberry. and 38% milk chocolate ice cream. I truly loved the caramelised bananas at the side, complete with shards of almond tuile and crumble. Truly yummy! 

The New Banana Split - RM24
The New Banana Split - RM24
Three of my favourite ice creams, with caramelised bananas
Three of my favourite ice creams, with caramelised bananas
I want it all for myself!
I want it all for myself!

The Ice Cream Waffle 


The Ice Cream Waffle - RM20
The Ice Cream Waffle - RM20

Waffles! My favourite dessert.  Pick any two flavours of ice cream and one topping to enjoy on The Ice Cream Waffle. Immaculately baked, the exterior of this delectable waffle has a light crisp while being soft and fluffy inside. I totally loved the caramelised almonds, hazelnut crumble, and marshmallows sprinkled on top. Made in house with propriety recipes, this is a must try when you're at The Dark Gallery. 

I find these to be delicious too!
I find these to be delicious too!
Janice loves these!
Janice loves these!
Pick one, two, three, or maybe, all nine!
Pick one, two, three, or maybe, all nine!

The Chocolate Affogato


Chocolate lovers in need of a caffeine boost will do well to order The Dark Gallery's Chocolate Affogato. An espresso shot served with 80% dark chocolate ice cream and handmade caramelised almonds, the act of pouring in the shot had me wanting for more 


The Chocolate Affogato - RM14
The Chocolate Affogato - RM14
Pouring in all the goodness
Pouring in all the goodness

Take home items such as the Bean to Bar Craft Chocolate (45g, RM18), Ice Cream Pints (450g, RM33 each), Artisanal Chocolate Sable (160g, RM20), and Artisanal Chocolate Granola (240g, RM20) can be purchased from The Dark Gallery itself or via their web-store at www.thedarkgallery.com. The Dark Gallery, discover the origins of chocolate yourself, do go over to MyTOWN Shopping Centre the next time you have a craving for artisanal dark chocolates or desserts. 




2 comments :

  1. Posh place! I think I saw some place like this in Penang but no, I did not go in to check it out, not so nice (on the outside), of course.

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    1. Suituapui, it's another new experience for me. To savour the different types of dark chocolates. They are all good! :P

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