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Published October 22nd 2012
Some go on luxury vacations; others prefer chocolate
Do you know the sound Homer makes when he sees do'nuts or pork chops or just about any food…like gargling drool? Despicable, I know and I do apologise if you're in the middle of a snack right now. Well, I came close to sounding like him at the Theobroma Chocolate Lounge this weekend when I saw the chocolate covered strawberries lined up like neat little temptations waiting for a weak-willed ninny to show up. And there I was.
I got me six of those suckers, and the chocolate pudding, and the macadamia-coffee-cinnamon-dream-come-true-creation. Of course, I had to get some Belgian hot chocolate and coffee to drown out my shrieking conscience which finally gave up and dozed off on a chocolate-laden stupor. Before you jump to conclusions, I was there with friends.
If it was the chocolate strawberries that got me started, it was the chocolate pudding that made me vow to come back after a decent interval. It was like scrumptiously melting warm Belgian chocolate overflowing from some secret fountain atop the pudding. Nobody dared ask me for a taste and so I didn't have to tackle anyone to the floor.
We'd placed our orders at the counter and it took about five minutes before the goodies started to arrive. First came the drinks. The Belgian hot chocolate was everything I'd thought it would be; delicious, chocolatey, with just a hint of froth. I'd been told that this place had the best hot chocolate in the area. Can't say I haven't had better, but it definitely came high up on the list.
The iced chocolate looked good too but I'm more of a hot drinks person till summer really starts to burn my eyebrows. But my friend dived in and was soon immersed in its apparently bottomless goodness. He came up long enough to give it a thumbs up before diving back in again.
Then came the pudding that I was raving about a few seconds ago along with my friend's macadamia-coffee-cinnamon cake in all its golden glory. It didn't look anywhere near as glamorous as the chocolate pudding but surprisingly delivered a punch to the taste-buds. The secret is in going easy with the bite-size, I guess. But that doesn't happen if you're trying to sneak a forkful when the owner is looking the other way.
It was relaxing to just sit there in the lounge with a cup of hot coffee and watch the world go by. The freedom of space afforded by the open design of the lounge added to the overall feeling of what can only be described as a laid back richness. I suppose this is the signature design of Theobroma Chocolate Lounges elsewhere. The rich browns and milk-chocolate tones add considerably to this feeling and make you feel immersed in a chocolatey world.
The staff appeared busy and slightly stressed but the service was not wanting in anything except a few more smiles, perhaps? They could take a few lessons from Willie Wonka on bonhomie just as they apparently have with the bonbons. I mean, if I were working in a place even remotely connected to chocolate, I would have a tough time keeping that smile switched off. But overall, the experience fit snugly into the weekend and I came away with a stash of chocolate covered strawberries to tide me through the week.