A little red door gleams out from a strip of shops, and immediately makes you wonder, just what exactly lies behind that little red door? I found it to be quite a novelty as for some reason, the lack of doorknob gave me that childish feeling of, "am I allowed to be going in here?" This feeling only increased the anticipation of what I would find inside.
You may think you have discovered some kind of indoor Japanese garden when you push through the front door. Great sweeping bamboo almost reaching the roof waits to welcome you. The magnificent bamboo in the building only intensifies the magic of L'atelier de Monsieur Truffee.
A side room full of mysterious machines has been left visible to the public. This is the place where all the exotic chocolate making action happens. Through the glass you can see the master chocolatiers buzzing about their work, almost like a living, breathing feature wall. It reminded me of the photos and paintings in Harry Potter where you can see the people moving about within them as if they were alive.
Feeling half frozen and still wet from the pouring rain that had assailed me outside, I ordered a house blend hot chocolate with chilli, hoping the combination of spicy chilli and a hot beverage would breathe some life back in me. The seductively rich warming flavour heated me right down to my toes and I stared into my empty mug long after I was finished, wishing some more would materialise.
If you are a dedicated follower of all things chocolate, it's difficult to go wrong with anything you choose to order here. My only advice is, if you are having a darker blend of hot chocolate, drink it prior to any other cakes you may order, as the bittersweet, earthy flavour can be somewhat diminished and overpowered by the sweetness of other desserts.
L'atelier de Monsieur Truffee run a chocolate appreciation class where you can learn all about where chocolate comes from, how it is made and just how many pieces are too many to stuff in ones mouth at once.