It is a dream come true for the region’s chocolate lovers … a place that literally looks like the Willy Wonka factory, right in the heart of Monaco.
Located in the lobby of the luxurious Hôtel Metropole, French Chef Joël Robuchon’s Chocolate Bar has been delighting local customers with dark gold in all its forms and in many variations since mid-November. With the festive season just around the corner, no doubt that many more gourmands are going to let themselves be tempted by this decadent experience.
This bar is a big first for the French culinary master, who counts more Michelin stars than any other chef, and operates over a dozen restaurants around the world, from Bangkok and Hong Kong to Las Vegas, London and Paris. With little fat and lots of inventiveness, Robuchon is known for creating big flavours that always surprise his clientele on all occasions.
Just want to have a drink with a friend? Why not try the Tiramisu cocktail, which blends Cocoa liquor, Kahlúa, vanilla syrup, Grey Goose Vodka and liquid vanilla cream, or the non-alcoholic Metropole Choc, a mixture of Valrhona Grand Celaya frappé, cotton candy syrup and marshmallow. In addition to the hot chocolates, various teas are available like The Poire Belle Hélène tea (Black tea with a mix of blue tea Wuolong, pear, almonds, cocoa nibs and roasted bean shells), or the Chez Mamie tea (a blend of black and green tea with cocoa, cinnamon, almond and orange). And of course, for those with a sweet tooth, the menu also includes plenty of delicious desserts, all made with superb cocoa beans from South American and Africa.
As the chef himself points out, chocolate is very good for cardiovascular problems and helps fight stress, tension, and depression. So, what are you waiting for?
The Chocolate Bar is open daily from 3pm to 6pm.
4 Avenue de la Madone
All images courtesy Hôtel Metropole