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
Address: Lot No L1-023A & L1-K007
No 6, Jalan Cochrane,
Seksyen 90 55100
Operating Hours: Daily 11am - 10pm
|The Dark Gallery - Discover The Origins Of Chocolate|
|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|
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|
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|
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?|
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|
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.
|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|
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|
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|
|Three of my favourite ice creams, with caramelised bananas|
|I want it all for myself!|
The Ice Cream Waffle
|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!|
|Janice loves these!|
|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|
|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.