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Eating chocolate releases 'happy hormones' or endorphins and of course, a dessert made with chocolate spells the ultimate indulgence for everyone with a sweet tooth. The creativity of chefs knows no bounds when it comes to playing around with chocolates. Making use of new techniques and incorporating other ingredients with chocolate, pastry chefs in Mumbai are experimenting with chocolate in desserts as never before. An incorrigible chocolate fan, here are my top 7 picks.
‘Oishi’ bonbon with togarashi spice at La Folie du Chocolat, Kalaghoda
Drawing inspiration from new French chocolate techniques of fusing art and chocolate, Pastry chef and chocolatier, Sanjana Patel has created a new and exciting range of bonbons, chocolate bars and pastries. Try the half sphere chocolate bonbons in exotic flavours like the Japanese inspired ‘Oishi’ bonbon with togarashi spice and ‘Bali’ bonbon with a vegan coconut caramel and you will not be able to stop at a few.
Chocolate Chai Liegeois at The Brook Bond Taj Mahal Tea House, Bandra
Belgian chocolate is always a winner in any dessert. Combine this with hints of Assam tea and spices topped with vanilla whipped cream and you have a sure shot irresistible dessert. This dessert is the pure decadence, but once in a while, one is allowed to treat oneself.
Chocolate Namelaka at The Clearing House, Ballard Estate
Taking inspiration from the Japanese Namelaka, meaning ‘creamy texture’, the 70% chocolate Namelaka at The Clearing House, is a creamy chocolate ganache served with chocolate sorbet, chocolate ginger soil, dehydrated chocolate mousse and jaggery caramel. Apart from satiating chocolate lovers, it is the perfect choice for vegans too.
Chocolate Texture at Flyp@MTV Café, Lower Parel
Bitter Chocolate Mousse Cigar with Candied Basil Leaves and Chocolate Lemon Curd, Micro Chocolate Sponge, is a dessert you cannot miss. A well-balanced dessert, the palate experiences a roller-coaster ride of sweet, citrusy, tart and tangy flavours.
Chocolate pot de crème with salted caramel at Monkey Bar, Bandra
This dessert offers caramel popcorn with lemon poppy slice cake and olive oil is an unusual combination. The myriad textures with delightful flavours, not cloyingly sweet, further make it stand apart.
Chocolate Trinity at California Pizza Kitchen, Infiniti Mall 2, Malad
This is the perfect dessert to round off one’s meal at the California Pizza Kitchen. Dark chocolate devil sponge, topped with baked dark chocolate and chocolate mousse, is indulgence personified as the various forms of chocolate envelope your taste buds.
The Chocolate Mandarin at Koldplay, Matunga East
One can never tire of ice cream and especially when it boasts of chocolate flavours. A classic combination of dark chocolate and orange, this one is palate pleasing all the way. Zesty candied mandarin peels interspersed with ice cream, make this the apt choice for those who love chocolate and citrusy notes in their dessert.
So treat yourself to these chocolate desserts in Mumbai and we promise you will be devouring the last remnants from your plate.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.