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{June 7, 2009}   Artisan du Chocolat

Yesterday I fell in love.  Deeply, madly and irrevocably in love with Artisan du Chocolat in Westbourne Grove.  Sam had been to the opening and was raving about it.  We just had to go.  Our lives suddenly seemed incomplete without a trip down to chocolat heaven(love the french, everything sounds exotic frenchy style).

Now I don’t want to build this up too much, you know, like a blockbuster movie that you just HAVE to see and then it’s shit and you just want to leave halfway through, but you haven’t quite finished your jumbo popcorn and gallon of coke (Pearl Harbour springs to mind, pass me the barf bucket wrapped in an american flag!)  This is different, this place is special.  It’s all in the details and they’ve really thought things through.  Did you know that a cacao pod isn’t like a coffee bean, it’s more like a gourd.  You’ll see models of them there so you’ll see the stuff inside is actually quite fleshy and it makes a bloody good bellini too!

The tables are like blocks of chocolate and the seats are like tubular marshmallows.  The smell is enticing and there are even generous samples dotted around the place.  There is a giant globe in the middle of the ceiling that is decorated so you feel like you’re in a cacao plantation, complete with the sound of birds.  I tell you, they really have thought of everything.  There are menu items that will have your mouth watering like a boxer puppy; warm chocolate fondant, dipped fruit fondue, salted caramel ice cream – chocolate ceremony for 2 (Japanese tea ceremony inspired).  The chocolate options are far too comprehensive to list, but here’s a selection; Jasmine Tea, Passion fruit, Banana and Thyme (I tried this, A.mazing!), Basil and Lime, Lavender, Earl Grey Tea, Coffee and Star Anise. 

You might expect to pay a small fortune for such an exotic adventure, but you’d be mistaken.  Sam had a Theobroma cacao pulp bellini which is lovely and I had a cacao martini – not quite as sweet as a chocolate martini, which is excellent because I had a calorie credit for the exquisite chocolates they gave us with our cocktail.  There were also plenty of other chocolates you could sample and I asked for a taste of the salted caramel icecream.  It was like a food orgasm.  All of this for a fiver.  Yep, £5!  I know, bargain!  I’ll be making this a regular haunt, what’s not to like, chocolate, booze, gorgeous place AND credit crunch friendly.

I don’t have the vocabulary to do this place justice.  You must check it out for yourself and you’re lucky because there are a few options;  Sloane Street, Selfridges and Westbourne Grove.  So you have no excuses not to experience chocolate heaven if you live in London.  Actually even if you don’t, air travel is cheap and it’s worth it!

I love their philosophy (they have a few but this is my fave)   ‘Chocolates are food, not a war time supply so pumped with fat, sugar, alcohol or preservatives that can be left on shelves for years.  Choose fresh, short shelf life chocolates kept refrigerated for purer ingredients and more intense taste’     Couldn’t have said it better myself, ditch the cadbury and go for the top shelf pure ingredient chocolate orgasm – what girl wouldn’t?

Artisan du Chocolat Interior

Artisan du Chocolat Interior

Artisan du Chocolat Cacao Globe

Artisan du Chocolat Cacao Globe

Artisan du Chocolat Cacao Pods

Artisan du Chocolat Cacao Pods

Artisan du Chocolat Cacao Martini

Artisan du Chocolat Cacao Martini

Artisan du Chocolat Display

Artisan du Chocolat Display

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rafika says:

je suis etudinte au patisserie je veux de decoration ou chocolat



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