Valentine’s Day is not for another few months but thoughts of love and cupid filled my head when I went to the Chocolate Room in Park Slope. It’s a very cozy but not crammed spot in Brooklyn and feels like the perfect date spot. Too bad I didn’t go with a boyfriend, a lover, or a secret crush, because it would have been very romantic, a piece of dark, chocolate cake and spoons knocking together. But! I went with a very, very wonderful friend and had a fabulous time. So, I guess a boy wasn’t very necessary at all!
I like chocolate, but wouldn’t say I’m a chocoholic. However, for the Chocolate Room I might convert. Each dish had just the right amount of sweetness and cocoa intensity. There was sophistication but also homey, comfort as well. When we sat down we were welcomed with a little taster of a dark chocolate sorbet. I like to say that I like dark chocolate, but secretly I prefer milk. The sorbet was exceptional though, refreshing with just enough of cocoa aftertaste. It made you yearn for me.
My friend and I ordered the chocolate bread pudding with caramelized bananas and a flourless chocolate cake. The chocolate bread pudding was very inviting. It had no air of pretentiousness and everything an English grandmother’s kitchen could give you. It would be the perfect remedy for a lousy day.
The flourless chocolate cake was the exact opposite but in the best possible way. It was glamorous and smooth, almost like a walk down the red carpet. It was almost sweet enough, but with the raspberry sauce and whipped cream, it was just right.
The thing about the Chocolate Room is that it has just the right amount of every ingredient. It is friendly but sophisticated, intimate yet spacious enough, sweet but not too sweet, and homey but romantic enough. Flip to February on your calendar and write in Chocolate Room so you don’t forget, or better yet, make a date for this weekend.