Whenever I travel abroad, I indulge to my heart’s content at dessert shops and cafes because till date, Dhaka has yet to have some good ones. So, when The Chocolate Room, an international franchise, opened beneath Gulshan 1’s Abacus Restaurant, I was thrilled to try out their offerings.
Upon entering you find yourself greeted by some lovely staffs who made my experience a wonderful one! Their menu ranged from brunch items to of course, sugary treats that I couldn’t wait to try! Four of us decided to try out some of their popular dishes that we found through Instagram.
For savory, we ordered Chicken Cheese Supreme Nachos, BBQ Chicken Pizza, TCR Signature Tenderloin Beef Steak and Grilled Prawn with Meuniere Sauce. The serving time was actually quite quick. Within 15 minutes, we had received all the dishes. To start off, the Nachos were heavily addictive! The cheese sauce was actually liquid cheddar cheese instead of the sliced ones being baked to melt. The topping of chicken, salsa, and olive complimented each other well. The turn off for me was the wonthon like chips as I prefer mine without the air pockets (but that’s a personal preference). The pizza had a nice, light crust but didn’t wow me in terms of flavor. The toppings didn’t seem as well balanced and the cheese wasn’t stringy either.
The mains blew our minds though! The Signature Beef Steak was unlike the traditional ones in terms of both presentation and taste. The egg yolk felt strange at first glance but when it was mixed with the rosemary based sauce, it provided a creamy sauce that went great with the beef. The steak itself was extremely easy to cut into and chew. The Grilled Prawns’ size really impressed us, it was well cleaned and grilled. Taste wise, they were tangy due to the lemon butter marinate and creamy. While 3 of my friends loved it, I found the creamy and tangy taste a bit too much for a bite. Overall, both the meals were really heavy. The mashed potato that is served as a side tasted creamy and herby!
As for the desserts, the Peanut Butter Fondue and Torroncino Waming Mug stole my heart. Both the desserts are chocolate based and are presented with candles beneath so that the chocolates don’t thicken. The Fondue came with brownies, cakes, wafers, and cookies. What I realized is that all their sweet fondues are incorporated with chocolate regardless which flavor you choose (caramel, peanut butter, etc.). The Torroncino was ordered by me as I had caught a cold. This is the first time I enjoyed Hot Chocolate so much! It tasted nutty from the nougat and almond and also had honey in it but wasn’t overly sweet.
Overall, the service and taste both make The Chocolate Room a place you have to visit. Most of their dishes can easily be shared by 2 people making it quite reasonable as well.
By Ifreet Taheea