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. There can be no better day than a World Chocolate Day on July 7, to celebrate and relish chocolates in myriad forms. The creativity of chefs knows no bounds when it comes to playing around with chocolates. Gorge on chocolate desserts to commemorate this special day or even savoury dishes made using chocolates. An incorrigible chocolate fan, here are my top 5 picks.
JW Cafe, JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, Mumbai
JW Cafe, the all-day dining restaurant, presents an indulgent delight on the occasion of World Chocolate Day with a Choc a Block Brunch at JW Café. Chef Santosh Rawat, Executive Pastry Chef is all set to dazzle chocolate aficionados with decadent and elegantly formulated awe-inspiring desserts from around the globe. Expect an array of enthralling chocolate – inspired gourmet dishes comprising Mexican Mole Poblano, Cocoa Rubbed Roasted Lamb Rack, Handmade Chocolate and Mozzarella Ravioli with Chocolate Parmesan Sauce, Chocolate Fettuccini, Chocolate Paani Puri and much more.
Hello Guppy, Hello Guppy Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Western Suburbs
The all-day space will offer Milk Chocolate Sushi, white chocolate with crispy rice puff, cream cheese frosting, candy ginger, grape jelly and dark caramel sauce; and Dark Chocolate Sushi, with crispy rice puffs, white chocolate ganache, candied ginger and dark caramel sauce. Both concoctions are priced at Rs. 200 plus taxes, and are available for one day only, on Sunday.
Chocolateria San Churro, Linking Road, Bandra West, Western Suburbs
There can be no better place to head to, than this one if you have got chocolate on your mind. Indulge in the Churros with dark chocolate or share a Chocolate Fondue with friends. You could also sip a Spanish Hot Chocolate as there is nothing like too much chocolate for a chocolate lover.
The Pantry, Fort, South Mumbai
Indulgence can be healthy too. So, if a vegan chocolate dessert is what you are after, try the Flourless Chocolate Cake at The Pantry, which simply melts in the mouth and leaves you craving for more.
Nutcracker, Bandra West, Western Suburbs
Prepared using Callebut chocolate, this Hot Chocolate at Nutcracker, is pure decadence in a cup. Sip this molten chocolate as you celebrate this special day denoting all things chocolate.
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.