Last week I was lucky enough to be invited (thanks Judith!) to a preview of a rather interesting Chocolate Week promotion; a chocolate themed dim sum platter at the rather beautiful Grand Imperial restaurant at The Grosvenor hotel, right next door to London’s Victoria Station.
The street outside may be filled with commuters, but inside, the restaurant is an oasis of calm. The decor is beautiful and elegant, and the atmosphere is relaxed.
We started our meal with some of the standard (non-chocolate!) dim sum menu, all of which was delicious. But of course we were really there to try the special chocolate dim sum platter, made with Divine Chocolate.
The platter (£6) consists of a ‘canton cracker’, ‘pumpkin bundle’, ‘cashew crescent’ and ‘coconut doughnut’. Each of which is filled with a warm chocolate filling. I didn’t know quite what to expect, but thoroughly enjoyed the textures and flavours of the whole platter, but I think the cocounut doughnut would have to be my favourite.
We finished our meal with two more amazing desserts (including an absolutely stunning Green Tea Brulée – see the photo gallery below!) and a first for me – deep fried ice cream with warm Divine chocolate sauce (£8).
Also on the menu for Chocolate Week are the Divine Chocolate Spring Roll (£5 for 3) and the Divine Chocolate Fruit Platter (£8), although we didn’t get to try these this time. Maybe we’ll have to go back during Chocolate Week.
All in all, a highly recommended and unusual chocolate experience!