Last night I invited myself along to the opening party for Godiva’s new Chocolate Café at Harrods. It was a star-studded event with ambassadors and celebrities and more importantly, plenty of chocolate.
The café, on the second floor of Harrods’ famous Knightsbridge store has a stylish, but fairly minimal theme, and looks like it could be a pleasant place to spend an afternoon, when not packed with party goers and journalists. Godiva describe the decor as a blend of modern and Belgian art nouveau and who am I to argue.
The centrepiece of the café is the large marble bar, where you can sit and watch the chefs prepare desserts and dip strawberries while you nibble on your patisserie.
And that patisserie is something special. We were given bite-size versions of a couple of the pieces on offer, including an amazing chocolate hazelnut delice made with whole hazelnuts, chocolate ganache and a crunchy, chewy base. I think I managed to down five of these little beauties, and could probably have managed a few more.
The quality is no surprise when they’ve hired top pastry chefs, including Raquel, formerly of Melt, who was responsible for the amazing sea salt mud pie that I reviewed last year.
I’m not a fan of Godiva’s truffles, so if you’re planning a visit, I’d recommend skipping those and going straight for the fresh patisserie. I’ll certainly be going back to try more when I get the chance. I’m told the Sin Cake is particularly good.
Café Godiva, Second Floor, Harrords
Open: Monday to Saturday 11am – 8pm, Sunday 11.30am – 6pm
Phone: 020 7730 1234