Wednesday, 6 October 2010

The Chocolate Lounge

Looks great, sounds great - I was expecting a proper chocolatier, a boutique dedicated to chocolate galore, if you will. I discovered a coffee shop serving only one kind of hot chocolate, but 5 menu's worth of coffee and tea (seriously, FIVE). With all those syrups and flavours, you would have thought, as a chocolatier supposedly, that they could have expanded the range a little. The hot chocolate was nice enough, sweet, with a fairly well rounded flavour, but sadly bitty - evidence of a cheap chocolate powder instead of PROPER hot chocolate. Properly burst my bubble, I can tell you! (Pic: Hornoxe.com)

I was even more frustrated by the fact that some idiot put a table and chairs in front of the chocolate counter, perfectly obscuring the view of both product and information when a pair of equally unobservant customers deposited themselves upon it.

We weren't offered cake or chocolates with our drinks, which I was surprised by - you're missing vital sales there! Whilst friendly, the staff weren't exactly at their most attentive...

The sweets themselves were passable, but nothing to really get excited about, and certainly not justifiable to the price at £3.60 per 100g when Thorntons is only £2.99 for a 100g bag of Continentals. Needless to say, I was both underwhelmed and unimpressed; it looked great, until you look closer - a bit like this garage.

Dinner at Mum's more than made up for it though. Muhmummah's enchiladas were grand. I mean that in all senses of the word; sensationally tasty and BIG. Apparently the trick is to steam all the contents - the mushrooms in a covered pan with a wee touch of proper butter for flavour, and the chicken in lemon and lime juice with fresh ground pepper. They were rockawesomely good.

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