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Published January 2nd 2013
Ever said No to Belgian Chocolate?
Chokolait is an indescribable experience; you have to be there. But I'm going to try anyway. It's very easy to miss the entryway that leads to the corridor alongside which you'll find this chocolate paradise. It is dimly lit and save for a small signboard that signals its presence there isn't any elaborate marking or neon lights shining down to show the way. It's almost as if it's loathed to be discovered. But then when you walk in you'll find the tiny little place full to the brim with avid chocolate seekers. So welcome to another one of Little Collin's big secrets.
The interior is all chocolatey in décor and theme. I wouldn't be surprised if there were a little room with elves concocting little works of chocolate art that are then displayed in style below the counter. What brings up this whimsical thought are the extremely dainty bite-sized proportions of the chocolate selection.
The Chokolait experience begins as you spy the tiny shop with a few tables arranged alongside the adjoining wall. You make your way to the counter and take a good look at the menu on the wall and the various chocolatey delights on show under the counter. You tell yourself to be patient and not rush the customer in front of you who's trying so hard to come to a decision.
Can't really blame her as the selection and the possibilities are endless and you have two minutes to make your wishes known. The sales attendant fights to keep her happy interested smile in place as it surrenders in degrees to a harassed expression. She eyes the queue that has by now grown like a demented millipede and crawled towards the store entrance. She needn't have worried as the row of customers including me were quite content to wait knowing what Belgian chocolate coated pleasures awaited us at the end of it all.
I was next in line to the coveted spot at the cashier and rattled out my order before she could say a word. Two iced chocolates, two hot chocolate shots, one latte, one Chocolate Heaven, one Chocolate Ice Cream Treat, and one Chocolate Mousse Cake. She went rat-a-tat-tat on her machine and came up for air with, "Anything else?" "Get on with it, woman, before I choke on my own drool" is what I thought but I smiled ever so sweetly and said, "No, that should do it." All done in under a minute. I walked back to our table with the air of a warrior who'd just accomplished a worthy mission.
The food arrived while the air of expectancy at our table was still at its peak. Don't you just love it when that happens? Well, I do and it did go a long way in enhancing the whole Chokolait experience. The drinks arrived first. We were served the iced chocolate and the hot shots, followed within minutes by the latte. The bodacious glass of iced chocolate was all that it'd promised -- a perfect blend of chocolate and vanilla flavours with a rich chocolate topping. The chocolate hot shot was just dreamy. One of those was mine and I went at it one tiny spoonful at a time. It tasted warm, rich, and decadent and made me feel royal. There was no trace of guilt or fear as I indulged myself to my heart's content.
And then came the mousse, the Chocolate Heaven, and the Ice Cream Treat. There was absolutely no conversation at our table as we devoted ourselves to breathing in the flavours, taking tiny dabs at it, or quietly gorging as if we were all in a silent movie. The Chocolate Heaven came with fresh cream, strawberries, and melted chocolate. The fruit was fresh and clean and the chocolate warm and thick. Enough said. The Ice Cream Treat was a minxy mix of chocolate and vanilla with crunchy wafers, nuts, and perky cream. I didn't get a chance to take pictures and honestly I really couldn't be bothered with that distraction. Besides there might have been murder by cell phone had I drawn it out to take pictures at that juncture.
One of my friends wanted to get a box of chocolate for her boss. She came out quite happy with her selection ensconced in a little brown box with luxurious interiors. Each little piece sat in its own little brown paper cup looking inviting. On seeing the elegant box and its contents, there was a scramble to get the same gift for assorted grandparents, nieces, nephews, and numero uno.
It took a while to get the whole thing wrapped up. White, milk, and dark chocolate lend themselves to various tasty infusions to finally tempt you out of your mind when it comes to choosing from among them. The various shapes—hearts, cones, rectangles, balls, and squares add to the confusion. Each of us was hit by Belgian chocolate madness, if there's such a condition, but left entirely happy with the Chokolait experience. If you're in the narrow lanes of Little Collins, you might want to give this place a try.
HI, Ross here, Owner of Chokolait, thanks very much for your kind and generous review, we are very pleased you enjoyed your Chokolait experience with us and taking the time to write.
I gather we made you and your friends very happy and that's our job and we love it, BTW, I notice our "World Famous" Chokolait Pavlova didn't make it to table, you better come back and say Hi and we'll fix that Lickety Split, Take care and thanks again, Ross