A New Way of Cooking with Chocolate…
With a new Hotel Chocolat cookbook on the way, a night of cocktails, catch ups and chocolate inspired dishes were on the menu for Emily (the gorgeous Auburnantics) and I. Upon arrival we were greeted with Pretty in Pink Prosecco based cocktails and the promise of some seriously scrumptious samples. First up on the to-do list was to grab a table, sip our cocktails and peruse all the new ways to cook with chocolate…
After flicking through the book, bookmarking some incredible recipes and polishing off more than a couple of cocktails, it was time to head upstairs and see what all the fuss was about. I’ve dined at Hotel Chocolat before (way back when it first opened) and couldn’t wait to see if the food would live up to the memory *spoiler alert: it totally did*…
Upstairs we found a giant cocoa bean gin luge… obviously. Cocoa gin goes in one end and arrives perfectly chilled at the other. Paired with the cocoa gin cured salmon (are you beginning to see a theme here?) topped with a horseradish dressing, it was practically heaven. Our next stop was the cocoa beer infused rare beef, and whilst I’m not a beer drinking, the beef was exquisite!
Another nosey at the cookbook to find out exactly what we were enjoying and another round of cocktails obviously! If Hotel Chocolat know anything, it’s cocktails… and cooking… and chocolate. We soon spied plate after plate of delectable offerings calling out to us and ventured over to give them all a whirl.
From white chocolate mash (trust me, it’s incredible) to miniature mac’n’cheese pastries with cocoa nib toppings to cocoa beer braised mussels, I was well and truly sold. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, the chocolate is subtle and adds another layer of depth to the flavour, making each dish unique. All to soon it was time for goodbyes and a nightcap – the praline soother – before heading home, already dreaming of chocolate.
The Leeds restaurant is one of only three in the world (the other two are in London and St Lucia – home of the Hotel Chocolat plantations). If you get the chance to visit, I would highly recommend you do. I’ve already been back so I have more incredible foodie photos to share with you soon.
What do you think about mixing sweet and savoury? Would you eat a meal inspired by chocolate? Let me know in the comments below.
p.s check out the cookbook HERE