2087 Sainte-Catherine O.
Metro: Atwater, Guy-Concordia
Bus: STM 15, 24, 57, 63, 66, 90, 104, 108, 138, 144, 150, 165, 166, 427, 435
Visit: March 10, 2012
Ever since it opened months ago, Cacao 70 has been on my radar. Years ago, I didn’t necessarily go out of my way to go to places that were exclusively based on dessert, or even chocolate. Now, with my horizons expanding, I was more than looking forward to stepping into the chocolate emporium that was Cacao 70.
My evening at Bon Appétit Des Caraïbes did not end right there and then. From that group, fellow Twitter folk @sandman5 and @stephohanley made the walk up Atwater towards our next destination, a land full of chocolate. The first thing we saw upon entering was a sticker that meant that Cacao 70 met the approval of Dishcrawl. I’m thinking up coming up with stickers of my own that will be in my signature orange.
This is the entrance way of the establishment. What you may not notice is that to the right of the bags was a very large piece of chocolate. I’m thinking of getting myself one like that and bringing it to school with me. I’m going to go into one of my classes and dump it down on my desk and yell out, “have at it!” Up to that night, I’ve never seen a piece of chocolate that big. I know they’ve been made bigger, but that’s something in itself.
As you can see, this is the menu for Cacao 70. There are a wide variety of things you can have when you come here. It isn’t just limited to just eating chocolate by itself. You can get things like hot chocolate, cakes, and even a chocolate pizza. I’m not a big hot chocolate drinker, so I was looking more towards something on the edible path.
In my post on the Griffintown Cafe, I noted how interesting it was that they served their water in an empty bottle of bourbon. Well, here, they have this really unique bottle of water. It might not be too unique for some of you, but for me, it’s the kind of added touch that makes a place like this stand out from the rest of the competition.
The Chocolate Bar
In the past few weeks and months, I’ve heard random things being said about this place concerning how full it gets. There were even mention of making reservations. Me, being the skeptical person I am, didn’t quite believe it. Why would a dessert place need reservations? Well, I got first-hand visual proof as to why. It was nearly 9pm when we got there and the place was packed. I even saw some people get turned away. We were lucky to get the table we got. A few minutes later and we would’ve had to wait or think of something else. That just speaks to how much of an impact this place still has months after it opened.
Cash Register Area
The service was nice and cordial throughout. The person who took our order knew exactly what they were talking about, which is always a plus. The only thing that puzzled us was the fact that we were brought things to our table that we didn’t order. This didn’t just happen once, but twice. Even when the real order came, we were doubting what it was because of the two fake outs.
Hot Chocolate Sample
Since I’m not the hot chocolate aficionado that other people are, I can’t really tell you much about this. All I can say is that it was good. I find it really nice for the establishment to do this for their customers. It gives you a good chance to see what you’re going to be getting. So, after taking down the hot chocolate shots, we were ready to go.
This is what @stephohanley chose to drink. This is Italian style hot chocolate which is describe as a pudding like delicacy. The one comment that she made was that it was more bitter than expected.
This is what @sandman5 chose to drink. This is Mexican hot chocolate spiced with cinnamon. He cited that it was a perfect mix of cinnamon and chocolate.
Triple Chocolate Cake
If you know me by now, you know that I’m going to go the cake route. There is nothing more satisfying than having a good chocolate cake after having a wonderful meal. Coming in and after doing my research, I was more than sure that I would be having this cake.
What I didn’t expect is what you see in this picture. It’s a cake served in a glass. In my nearly 30 years on this planet, I have never, ever eaten cake out of a glass like this. I guess there’s a first time for everything. It’s got to be the most unique way I’ve ever seen a cake presented to me.
This cake is comprised of house special chocolate whipping cream, melted chocolate, and chocolate sauce. You can picture EMT’s Harley Morenstein saying the word, “sauce” as you read that last sentence. All I’m going to say is that there’s chocolate coming out of places where I didn’t know chocolate existed.
With most chocolate treats, the first few bites are exquisite. Trust me, the taste of this is on par with anything good I’ve had in the last year or so, chocolate-wise. The issue is that it may seem like a small glass of chocolate cake, but it really isn’t. There is a lot of cake here to be consumed. There were points were I was thinking about throwing in the towel because I had no idea if I could finish. The chocolate taste, being as good as it was, just keeps hitting you throughout.
Despite the endurance battle I had with this dessert, I wouldn’t hesitate one second if you asked me to have this again. This year may still be early, but you have a top contender for my end of year dessert post. It’s really worth every penny.
For chocolate lovers, you will definitely have to come here to try what they have to offer you. One visit will not suffice because there is so much to go through, whether it be in solid or liquid form. The competition in the chocolate tier of Montreal’s food sector has really become more heated and Cacao 70 is a strong part of that.