If Easter treats weren’t enough for you and you are still hankering after even more chocolate delights, then Dubai is the place to be this week for all things of heart melting goodness. Nothing at Keep Dining makes us swoon more than some decent chocolatey decadence served up in creative and beautiful, Instagrammable ways and during Chocolate Week (17 April – 24 April) the good people at The Atlantis on The Palm are liberally adding this gorgeous treat to all their restaurant menus with true abandon. They are even planning on a record attempt with the world’s biggest chocolate sculpture of the Royal Atlantis which is estimated to open in 2019!
Eureka! This is it. Whoever came up with this idea needs a huge round of applause. Nobu is of course of world acclaim for its beautiful culinary concepts and its mindblowing sushi. But the folks here have outdone themselves and have taken it one step further by partnering with Valrhone, the chocolatiers from France with over 95 years of experience. We think it is just marvelous and if you do too, then you had better book soon as it only runs from 17 April until 24 April 2017. It might seem expensive at 550 AED per person but you will be taken on a taste experience that will rival others. Menu items on the culinary journey will include a Chocolate Cocktail. I haven’t had one of these in a while and would love to try their take on it. Special menu items will be served up along Nobu classics. The Salmon Tartar with Avocado and Dark Peruvian Illanka Chocolate Salsa sounds a treat but the menu is choc-ful of special items that will make your eyes glaze over in culinary bliss.
Other than Nobu, the rest of the eateries at The Atlantis hotel are adding chocolatey flair to their usual menus. Known for its outstanding Chinese cuisine, Yuan is offering a Dark Choco Dim Sum to tempt your taste buds. Ronda Locatelli is serving up treats such as Chocolate Pizza Risotto with Duck Ragout and Chocolate Shavings or Baby Spinach, Smoked Ricotta Cheese, Hazelnut and Chocolate Shavings or how does Braised Beef Cheek with Chocolate and Sour Vegetables. Sounds intriguing, right? And, for dessert you can always pop into Seafire for their Chocolate Freakshake to round things off with a bang.
However, if you can’t make it to The Atlantis, there are other great options too.
Here are some of our favourite chocolate treats from around the city to help you celebrate:
Ever popular, ‘freakshakes’ never seem to drop off the radar and continue to be embraced. Perhaps it is their impact on Instagram that makes them so beloved or maybe the sheer sugariness indulgence of it plays on the heartstrings of the kid hiding inside all of us. We are surprised that Fumé’s take on the freakshake called the Bro Nut Monster Shake hasn’t gone worldwide viral yet. It is quite a sight to behold and nothing can quite prepare you for it. This is the place to go if you have an insane chocolate craving that nothing else will fix. We guarantee that this beast will hit the spot.
If you have ever been around a campfire, you are bound to have across s’mores. All that burnt marshmallowly goodness and melted chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers. The stuff that childhood memories are made of, right? Well, The Hide will take you back to your glory days with their take on a s’mores dessert, aptly named Campfire S’mores, that just oozes decadence and pure, unadulterated yumminess. Their ‘kill factor’ is the peanut butter cookies and dulce de leche. It is sweetness personified and be sure to share it as there is plenty to go around.
This Parisian-concept treasure is a beloved favourite with its unfussy and unpretentious vibe. Check out the dessert menu and select “The Ice-cream 105” is a thing of beauty. Get your camera ready to capture the moment but don’t take too long or that lovely smooth ice-cream is going to melt. Served in a martini glass with shards of chocolate, you will love this one as much for its good looks as well its taste.
Serves up the Tortino Caldo di Cioccoleto e Nutella al Caramello dessert that definitely deserves a mention on this list. Essentially, a lava cake served with vanilla ice-cream and salty caramel sauce, this dessert may sound simple but perhaps that is why people keep coming back for more? You cannot improve on something so good. So, why try?
So, there you have it. Several restaurants around the city that are dying to satisfying your cravings. Give them a try and be sure to comment and let us know your thoughts. We always love to get feedback here at Keep Dining!