Friday, January 09, 2009

Godiva Chocolatier Cafe @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

chocolate decadence here....

Sugar High Friday!! I reckon this is the best post to kick off the weekend - a little chocolate indulgence for the soul. Last week, when we visited Pavilion to meet up with my friend to collect my Michelin Guides, we saw this from the top - the cafe nestled in between the luxury boutiques. Owned by the Valiram group, the same people who bring in all those luxe brands that surround this cafe, the cafe seems to have sprouted overnight at this space.

pour your heart dark chocolate drink

Prices are definitely cheaper than a Gucci or JP Tods' handbag BUT it will still burn a hole in your wallet especially since we should be tightening our belts now (prices for the drinks range from RM16++ onwards). Most of the people hanging around are tourists or even the Valiram management (spied them indulging in the desserts) during the weekends. On weekdays, the place is ghostly empty just like the whole of Pavilion after the festive season.

white chocolate cake, for those who love creamy richness

At the cafe, you get to relax with hot and cold chocolate drinks including their famous Godiva Chocolixir. Weirdly enough, it is cheaper to drink it here (RM16) versus the takeaway in Suria KLCC (RM22). Not sure if the size of the glass or taxes are included, hence the price difference. There are also cakes you can choose from the counter or a selection of truffles and chocolates, you can order. If you don't fancy chocolate items - there are teas, coffees and other non-chocolate cakes like carrot cake, pistachio macaroons and etc.

chocolate overload, baked dark chocolate ganache tart

Sadly, I wouldn't say everything is super nice here. For instance, while the baked dark chocolate ganache tart (RM17) is great value for money considering the amount of dark chocolate you get (ganache, a large dark chocolate disc, slivers of white chocolate), the slightly hard pastry didn't impress at all.

For me, the winners was the white chocolate cake topped with a Godiva truffle and the white chocolate creme brulee. Although the cake is very simple with its thick white chocolate ganache topping with a sponge base and a mousse like filling - it tasted really delicious the day we ate it. However, I wonder if it will suffer the same fate cakes have in our country - being kept too long in the fridge (half cut) until it hardens and dries up into something quite inedible. We both also liked the creme brulee, which was a tiny portion but just nice since it was very rich tasting. I also tried the carrot cake - not as fantastic as Alexis' version but pretty decent tasting.

The drinks are pretty good too - we really like the Dark Chocolate Raspberry Chocolixir. The combination of tangy raspberries complement the sinful dark chocolate well. If you want it sweeter, add whipped cream but it tastes nicer without it. The other drinks we tried - the dark chocolate and chili chocolate were pretty good too. You get the subtle taste of chili more after you leave the drink to sit for a while though.

While I wouldn't mind dropping by for the drinks, I reckon the cafe does need some improvement more on the cakes especially the tart. Maybe a shorter biscuit crust instead and leaving the tart to thaw out a bit so the ganache is not super hard but silkier? For more pictures, see my Flickr set on the cafe. Sorry about the prices though, only have one receipt only since the other one was in my lost wallet.

Godiva Chocolatier Cafe
Level 2
Jln Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03 - 2142 5252

(Pork free. Chocolates are also on sale here. The cafe is located where the designer labels are located, in front of Gucci, Ferragamo and Sincere Watch. You can also buy Godiva chocolates at Suria KLCC and KLIA. The Suria KLCC also serves Chocolixir drinks for take-away.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.

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"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hmmm i suppose squeeze 2 starbucks sessions into 1 godiva session and theres a deal? yummm want to go try..

J2Kfm said...

once in a while, its ok. Theobroma charges roughly RM13 for their chocolate drinks as well, right?

pour the drink from tea pot?!! that's cool! or... doesn't that mean the chocolate drink is diluted?!!!

Julian Si said...

Gorgeous.... Here I am at work 6:30pm on a Friday, and I am simply thinkin of GODiva... drooool!

email2me said...

This looks like a big competitor to The Obroma Chocolate Lounge!

hehehe ...... Must go and try soon. The cake look so nice.

minchow said...

I can just imagine that velvety chocolate liquid slipping down my throat now... the damage to the wallet must surely be worth it!

worldwindows said...

A once in a while indulgence. Very laden. The rich dark choco drink is tops on my list.

eiling lim said...

I think the chocolixir in KLCC is more expensive because it's bigger. The glass I had here was rather small.

boo_licious said...

Hmmm, now you mentioned it, you are probably rite Joe. Just shows how often I drink Starbucks ever since I lost my 10% discount privileges!

J2kfm - not very diluted or else you will be drinking solid choc. I guess prices are quite std for drinks but it feels kinda exorbitant esp since I know I can knock up great hot choc at home by just using my own Valrhona choc and a little milk and cream.

Julian - must celebrate Friday and the weekend with something goood.

email2me - yeah, definitely going to give Theobroma a run for their monies.

550ml - cheaper than buying something luxe around here I reckon.

worldwindows - yup, like when you get your salary or you just want a good choc pick-me-up!

thxs for the tip eiling. Wasn't sure abt the ml sizes of the cup and the plastic container. So when is Fidani coming up with their own choc cafe??

eiling lim said...

I hope it's soon but I am pretty busy at the moment so I guess it wouldn't be as soon as I wanted it to be. We'll wait and see the response of Godiva.

fatboybakes said...

ooh, one of my "readers" is a chef there....
i just saw the place last saturday when i jalan jalan in pavilion after a horrid dinner at EEST. but it was closing oridi... so didnt get to try anything.

Ciki said...

the KLCC one is much smaller! luv the truffles!

boo_licious said...

eiling - seems to be the trend nowadays. Guess it is prudent to see how Godiva takes off.

fbb - wahh! I wonder which one it is as I saw all guys except one girl there.

cumi&ciki - wickedly expensive though, they're cheaper at KLIA I found out.

Alina Hew said...

wow, i love the give the Godiva hot choc a try, looks very it as good as valrhona?

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