Eggs are not the only way to roll with it this Easter. Tania Ballantine serves up London’s craziest chocolate-based treats.
Some pizza toppings are just wrong (chicken tikka should never be allowed outside a curry), and some are so wrong they’re actually right. In that camp, you’ll find the chocolate ‘dessert’ pizza from the Real Man Pizza Company – seven inches of choc-on-dough glory. Ask nicely and you can fruitify your so-called ‘Manx’ pizza with banana or berries (£7.95). And then treat your trip to the dentist as a badge of honour. 91-95 Clerkenwell Rd, EC1R 5BX. Farringdon tube.
If we can turn old loaves into dessert – as bread and butter pudding – then why not have pasta for pud? More specifically, chocolate penne from Hotel Chocolat (£5.50). Made with unsweetened cocoa (so in theory you can use it for savoury dishes too, though that kind of defeats the point), it’s best served slathered in melted chocolate sauce and nuts. Or a bit of custard. or some ice cream. Or, or… Branches including 25 Old Compton St, W1D 5JN. Leicester Square tube
The recent union between Philadelphia cream cheese and Cadbury’s chocolate may not have been that convincing (despite Jennifer Saunders’s best advertising efforts), but there’s something to be said for this unlikely mix. Drop into chocolate shop Paul A Young to try a box of its new (and insane-sounding) goat’s cheese, limoncello and black pepper truffles (£7). Made with 70 percent Peruvian chocolate, they’ve got a citrus kick and a distinctive creamy aftertaste. Branches including 143 Wardour St, W1F 8WA. Oxford Circus tube.
Proof that chocolate really does go with everything (or perhaps that beer goes with everything) is a delicious choco porter concocted by the clever bunch at Greenwich’s Meantime Brewing Co (£4.80). They use roasted malts to brew an intense, rich beer, then mix in chocolate to bring out the warm, mocha flavours. A better nightcap than a mug of cocoa, that’s for sure. Old Brewery, Pepys Building, Old Royal Naval College, SE10 9LW. Cutty Sark DLR.
The latest concoction from trendy Soho cocktail bar Coal Vaults is designed to be paired with a dish of king scallops, white asparagus and truffle. But forget that for now. The joy is in the cocktail itself. Named ‘White Velour’, presumably because it’s silky, not because it’ll remind you of a ’90s jumpsuit, it features white chocolate, orange blossom and prosecco (£7.50). Who needs food? 187b Wardour St, W1F 8ZB. Oxford Circus tube.
Selfies might be so 2013, but that doesn’t mean that Harvey Nichols is choco-late to the party – it’s taking self-shots to a whole new level. The high-end department store has installed a state-of-the art 3D printer which will scan your face in order to create eerily edible figurines out of chocolate (£99 for six). Worth paying for, if you think you’re good enough to eat.109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ. Knightsbridge tube.
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