The ever graceful and ladies-who-lunch favourite, Le Chocolat, has branched out to the expat corner of Saar Mall and is receiving more praise than ever. We were treated to some new items on the menu that are positively bursting with flavour.
Let’s get our glad rags on, shall we? When an invite comes from the likes of Le Chocolate, with all its excellent food, a certain degree of etiquette is required. The Seef District’s Le Chocolate has enjoyed many years of success with the most well-heeled members of society tucking into elegant cakes and fabulous teas – as well as gourmet mains, too. Le Chocolate has always served as a space for all day meetings, catch-ups between mothers and for those with an indulgent sweet tooth!
Saar, being a major hangout on the island, is the perfect location for Le Chocolat and the fact that it’s always bustling with people, is no surprise. As we arrived on the ground floor of the two-storey Le Chocolat, at Saar Mall, we were ushered to the more roomy second floor – the lifts open onto a regal looking reception area with a grand table and a gold rimmed mirror – it almost inspired us to chant that old “mirror, mirror, on the wall” line as it’s very charming.
The main seating area is all about making you feel your best self with oodles of sophistication, courtesy of the plush, lordly seats and the floor-to-ceiling windows allow floods of light through, so it’s very airy and open. The chandeliers drip with crystals and the pillars are, again, another feature that give this venue a kingly touch. We were set to taste a host of new items on the menu, from salads to fish to their sinfully good desserts. For starters we had a Quinoa and Rocca Leaves Salad with Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, Bell Peppers, Asparagus and Pomegranate dressing. The salad is loaded with flavour, particularly from the dressing, where you get both a sweet and tarty aftertaste and the rocca gives a nice kick. It has to be said, the freshness is amazing and it’s very filling too.
Which includes Green Oak Lettuce, Kale Leaves, Fennel Bulb, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Kiwi and, the best part, Crispy Cooked Beef Bacon served with a Grapefruit Vinaigrette. It might seem like an unlikely pairing but biting into a piece of juicy grapefruit followed by a crunch of bacon is, honestly, the stuff of dreams. Again, this is a very vibrant salad in both taste and appearance.
The menu includes a Crazy Water Fish of the Day and, for us, it was a Sea Bass Fish Casserole with Cherry Tomato, Potato, Bell Peppers, Fennel, Kalamata Olives and Herbs – served with a stick of toasted bread. It’s very much a winter-warmer dish that will give you energy – and you can really taste the top-quality ingredients used. All the dishes come in hearty bowls with more than enough to fill you up, Le Chocolat does not skimp on quality or quantity!
A trip to Le Chocolat is definitely not complete without a round of cakes – we have celebrated many a birthday with Le Chocolat’s amazing offerings of cake! Let’s start by saying how unreal the oversized Raspberry Macaroon is! The temptation is real, people. It’s gooey on the inside and brittle on the outside and, basically, we demolished it in about three minutes. The Milk Chocolate Dome, Red Velvet Cake, Lotus Cheesecake and Cortado (coffee) all do a fine job finishing off our meal, leaving us to do an internal happy dance. An afternoon tea or lunch spent at Le Chocolat is an absolute pleasure. It’s the kind of place that makes you watch your table manners with a hawk-eye but where’s the harm in that when the food tastes this good and the service is impeccable?!
GO: Visit Le Chocolat at Saar Mall. Call 1723 2345 for reservations and more information.