Friday, April 10, 2009

Chocoholic heaven

Saturday April 11, 2009
Chocoholic heaven

The Big Red Food Review is Red FM deejay Alison J Victor’s (Aly) experience with fellow deejays as these foodies dine at various eateries in the Klang Valley

DECADENT. That is the word that pops into my mind as a selection of hot and cold beverages are lined up in front of us.

We are in KL’s first-ever boutique chocoholic’s haven, Schokolart – a premier designer restaurant in Soho KL. Retro chairs, a bronzed mirror-tiled bar and marble flooring teamed with specially designed crockery give it a chic café ambience, without the pretention.

Schokolart’s tagline – “Love, Life and Cho­colates” – starts to make sense as Dilly (Red Breakfast) starts on Schokolart’s signature ice-blended, the SoulMate. A dark chocolate peanut butter shake that is rich and creamy and ice-cold. Forget diamonds; this is a girl’s best friend!

Recovering from the flu, I opted for the Chocomint Toddy (Kahlua, White Peppermint, Choc Base, Whipped Cream).

Truly decadent: Roasted Lamb Loin with Chocolate and Spices.

“Who needs a man when you’ve got chocolate?” I joke. I look round the table and realise that indeed, we were four ‘boy’ deejays short. Even though Schokolart fo­­cuses on women, I really felt that the boys were missing out.

They missed out on 36 different types of chocolate cocktails, in­­cluding 12 different types of chocolate shots and its signature cocktail, “Fast & Furious”. They missed out on six dif­ferent kinds of Roesti, served from Switzerland’s Cantons districts.

My favourite was the BernerRoesti, pan-fried grated potato with diced turkey bacon and drizzled with fresh milk. Crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside, it was served with a side of thick mushroom gravy and a choice of Bratwurst – a hearty traditional Swiss meal.

The Bratwursts were homemade, succulent chicken sausages in three flavours; Jalapeno Hot Smoked, Bratwurst with Mushroom and Cheese, and Bratwurst with Garlic Chive and Onion. Add a dollop of authentic German mustard, and the combination was delicious.

Another heartwarming dish reminiscent of skiing in the Alps is the Lucern Pie: chunky chicken, mushroom and vegetables tucked away under a soft and flaky puff pastry.

If you are more adventurous, try Schokolart’s Satay, its signature dish! Tender chicken thigh marinated with dark bittersweet chocolate, grilled to perfection and served with homemade spicy peanut sauce and fried buns.

Then came the Roasted Lamb Loin with Chocolate and Spices, served with Glarner Roesti.

Shareena (Red Weekends) and I loved the melt-in-the-mouth tender lamb smothered in dark, rich bittersweet chocolate sauce.

We tried a few more interesting drinks like the Chocolate Martini (Vodka, Dark Choc Liqueur, Cacao Brown) and the La Esmeralda, also called the Mexican Hot Chocolate, which is spiced with chilli powder and frothed with cinnamon syrup.

The main reason most people head to Schokolart is its desserts and chocolate Ganache with exotic fillings.

Every piece is handmade by pastry chefs trained by the outlet’s award winning German Master chocolatier, and every piece is unique. Try the Raspberry Wasabi, Caramel with Szechuan Pepper, Crispy Almond and Strawberry Crunch. Take them home with you in divine packaging. Trendy, classy pearl pink boxes with embossed silver ribbons – a keepsake from the chocolate experience of a lifetime.

Sitting on the outdoor terrace, with a view the Petronas Twin Towers, I close my eyes, inhale the intoxicating aromas from my Adult Hot Chocolate, a blend of chocolate, Vodka, Frangelico and Irish cream, and polish off the last of the Chocolate Marcarpone Cheese Cake. Mmm. This was my Love, my Life, my Chocolates!

Try Schokolart for yourself! Starting Monday, listeners will have a chance to win vouchers and exclusive membership to Schokolart in The Big Red Food Review, Eleven2Three with Aly on Red FM, Today’s Best Music.

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This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.

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