Lounge Review | The Chocolate Room, St Marks Road, Bangalore

Lounge Review | The Chocolate Room, St Marks Road, Bangalore
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First Published: Fri, Oct 30 2009. 09 45 PM IST

Updated: Fri, Oct 30 2009. 09 45 PM IST
Six months ago, The Chocolate Room (TCR) attracted much attention when its first branch in Karnataka opened in Mysore. For Bangaloreans who transited through Mysore during weekend trips to Kabini, Bandipur or Ooty, pit stops at the café were a must. So when the Australian café chain that has 12 branches across the country, including Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and one that opened two months ago in Velachery, Chennai, debuted in Bangalore earlier this month, we were curious to try out the wide variety of finger-licking chocolate concoctions on offer.
The good stuff
The menu lists not just the usual suspects, such as chocolate mousse, muffins and puddings, but also 20 flavours of hot chocolates, including tiramisu and meringue, and all kinds of chocolate shakes, from a rich Toblerone shake to a crunchy Snickers one. But we ignored them all in favour of innovative options that screamed “try me”. The one we decided to have was the Hot Chilli Chocolate Pizza—the base is smeared generously with chocolate and sprinkled with chilli flakes and oregano. Every bite was sweet and gooey to begin with, followed by a nice piquant rush. We tried the Tropical Pizza as well—dark chocolate smeared over the base with toppings of mango dices, dried fruits and apricot slices.
The calorie conscious needn’t steer clear of TCR: You can order Lite Chocolate Shake made from low-fat cocoa, milk and ice cream.
Thankfully, you have the option of balancing the sweetness of the chocolate with baguettes, paninos, salads or wraps.
The not-so-good
The Chocolate Room is not a place where you would want to be seen with a hot date. The brown and red sofas are uncomfortable, and tackily wrapped gifts dot the shelves, making the place look more like a gift gallery than an elegant chocolatier’s café. While it does have dark chocolate on the menu, it doesn’t have too much variety in the degrees of bitter chocolate that one would expect in a café which specializes in all things chocolate.
Talk plastic
A visit to The Chocolate Room can cost a minimum of Rs500 for two people.
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First Published: Fri, Oct 30 2009. 09 45 PM IST