Hello, there! Welcome back to OhRiyally. I’ve been off on vacation and hence unable to post but I’m back now, armed with photographs and stories of Singapore and Malaysia which you’ll see in next week’s WTLS post. This week, however, the Finders Eaters have a sweet delight for your palate.
Remember being young and reading/watching ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, wishing that a place like Willy Wonka’s factory actually existed and then cursing God because it didn’t? We sure do. So, it was with chocolate on our minds that we set foot in The Chocolate Room’s Satyaniketan outlet.
However, unlike the previous places we’ve covered, this wasn’t our discovery per se. It was suggested to us by a friend who’s already a pretty big fan of this place. Rest assured that we dragged him with us. After juggling traffic woes and parking spaces – or the lack thereof – for over 20 minutes, we were glad to escape the blazing sun and set foot into the restaurant.
The first thing that caught our eyes was the size of the place. For a name that’s well known among chocolate lovers in the city and has over 7 outlets in Delhi-NCR, it’s quite small. Considering it was lunch time, that too with a DU college right across the street, we were lucky to find a table upon entering.
Once seated, we were given a very colourful booklet which housed the menu of the establishment. We are not exaggerating when we say that The Chocolate Room has a plethora of delicious items to offer. They have everything from pizzas, paninos, nachos and pancakes to waffles. In drinks, they offer a wide range of frappes, mocktails and coffees (much to the delight of the resident caffeine-addict). After careful perusal, we decided on a Garden Fresh Panino, Nachos and the Melting Marshmallows Pancakes (our mouths were watering by the time we ordered). To accompany this calorie-loaded order, we picked a Caramel Frappe, a Bloody Orange Granita and a Muggaccino (that’s basically a double cappuccino because who likes a small coffee?!).
Our drinks arrived within 5 minutes of placing the order, and we can vouch for their taste and quantity. However, the Muggaccino could’ve been a bit stronger, but that’s only if you can handle drinking about 400 ml of strong coffee in one go. The Bloody Orange Granita was tangy and fresh, as expected. The Caramel Frappe arrived in a tall glass with the words ‘drink me’ emblazoned on it–very Alice in Wonderland and very Finders Eaters approved.
On the eating front, the pancakes were the first to arrive and stacked beautifully. Needless to say, we attacked them with ferocity and demolished them within a few minutes. We did take our time with finishing up the nachos and the paninos, both of which were delectable and fulfilling. The only fault we could find was with the paninos and that too only with their quantity. For its price, we felt that the quantity was half of what it should’ve been.
Talking about the ambience of the place, it was mainly filled with college students who wanted to grab a quick bite or just sit down and chat, though that could be solely because of the location. The whole place was buzzing with conversation but not irritatingly so. Every table had its privacy. The staff was also quick and prompt, while at the same time being courteous. As for the whole cost of the meal, we were done in about ₹ 1050, which for three wallet-conscious students seems feasible, though definitely not cheap.
Their waffles and chocolate shots are on our to-try list for the next time we visit. Though, we’ll probably head to another outlet such as the Baani Square, Gurgaon one, which comes highly recommended to us, especially in terms of its decor.
The Chocolate Room’s website will give you all the details you need about their various locations across Delhi-NCR and possibly make you salivate over the wonderful pictures of sweet things displayed. There’s also an option of seeing a 360° view of the cafes. You can check them out on Facebook, if you need more convincing (but let’s be real, you’ve already texted your foodie friend and fixed a day to visit, haven’t you?).
Let me know in the comments below what you thought of this Finders Eaters post. The next post in this series will go up on Arshi’s blog in two weeks. While you wait for that, don’t forget to come back here in time for next Friday’s WTLS post featuring photos from my recent vacation in Singapore and Malaysia!