Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! Drinking chocolate to be precise!
Finally my quest to find that perfect cup of drinking chocolate has come to an end. A quest which has been going on for a good 15 years I might add. I have tried all the usual haunts from Barista to the Hilton to the Gallery Café and none of them came up to scratch. Untill now. What makes me shudder is to think that I might have missed out on this place for quite a long time if not for providence making me step into it completely by accident.
I have been passing Ciconat lounge – where Barnes Place connects to Kinsey Road - for a couple of weeks now. My first response was “Oh no! Not yet another coffee shop! Yawn!
It did look nice and inviting from the outside. But then so do others. And nothing motivated me to step in till I was looking for a quiet place for a lengthy conversation.
And it is only then I found out that the main offering of Cioconat lounge is hot chocolate. Warm, gooey thick delicious chocolaty hot chocolate. 32 flavors of it. And it tastes so damn good too! I was oohing and ahing writhing and moaning with pleasure as this heavenly liquid slid down my throat some might have thought I was caught in the throes of an orgasm. I must confess it did feel orgasmic but guess the pleasure of drinking chocolate can be enjoyed for longer.
Cioconat lounge also serves coffee and some other delicious cold beverages which are very nice. I found the staff quite nice and friendly and quick to offer you a free sample of any sample you inquire about. And the sample servings are quite generous. They have the usual range of sweets and savories as well as serve breakfast lunch and dinner. Everything is cooked in house by an Italian trained chef. They also have a little section which sells sweets and other interesting stuff including fresh dates from various countries in the middle east.
It was only after googling that I realized that the Cioconat lounge is an international franchise of Middle Eastern origin promoting “Italian hot chocolate culture”. Ha ha sounds convoluted doesn’t it.
I am surprised that not many people have discovered this place yet. In fact I would have expected people to throng to it since it offers such a unique offering. Guess many make the mistake I did and think of it as just another coffee shop.