FOOD, Food reviews, Friends, Uncategorized CHOCOLATE TOUR AROUND SHANGHAI 7 April 2011

There is a group of around 14-15 girls that are the “tai tai” women – that is, women that aren’t working and so are free during the day to hang out, do brunches, cooking classes, coffees, shopping, and generally bum around 😛 And I am merrily part of that group now that I’m on maternity leave, heh! We meet up every week to chill out and enjoy various spots around Shanghai.

One of our ‘dates’ was a chocoholics tour around Shanghai! There were 3 places – HoF, Napoleon, Whisk. I arrived a bit late (lesson for everyone: a mother with a baby is always either early or late, never on time!) so I missed out on the first place, HoF. Sad, as they are my #1 favourite place for chocolate in the city, but at least I’ve eaten my way around their menu, so I knew I wouldn’t miss out on anything.

The 2nd place was Napoleon, which is newly opened and all spacious and chocolate-coloured inside. The service was really attentive as the owner took the time to explain each of the items on the menu. Of course, I couldn’t resist a good ‘ol Australian meat pie, so I got one, and it was deeeelish. Nice filling, and an outstanding buttery flaky pastry. Their desserts were also pretty impressive and had a homemade touch to them. Their cheesecake in particular was very well received by all – creamy and rich, but not too strong of a cheesy flavour. One of the ladies actually thought it tasted like a white chocolate cheesecake. I’m pleased that Napoleon is so close to us, we’ll be back!


At Napoleon chocolate cafe

Luscious hot chocolate with marshmallows

Beef pie, YUM!

Chocolate cake with a berry layer

Creamy cheesecake

The 3rd spot was Whisk, which I’d heard a lot about but hadn’t gotten round to visiting yet. The interior was tidy and pretty, and the service attentive but not overly friendly. We were all rather affronted when they told us “we don’t serve water, you have to order bottled water”. I HATE places that do this. All it screams to me is “we’re too cheap and too greedy for money, so by refusing you water, we hope you will order drinks and make us more money”. For that reason alone, I wouldn’t go back to Whisk, they certainly aren’t customer centric.

I really enjoyed the Banana chocolate cake, which was spongy and moist. However, the Churros were inedible! Dried out hard little sticks of churros, looking very sad and dry on the plate. The dipping chocolate was so watery it didn’t quite stick to the churros, and we weren’t provided spoons to try and scoop it up. We didn’t want to anyway, the chocolate was NOT good quality and did not taste like heaven. Their saving grace was their 25RMB red wine, which was served in a more-than-decent portion. I was disappointed with Whisk though, as I found their desserts were in general just average, and the whole “no water, please give us more money by ordering drinks instead” policy had us disgusted.


Our red wine.. mm..

Churros – not good

Banana chocolate cake – this was just fantastic

Chocolate mud cake – this was good, but not as good as the banana choc cake

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44 Comments

  • starbucksweetie posted on April 7, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Looks like a fun time!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 7, 2011 at 11:56 am

      It’s so much fun to be able to hang out in the afternoons with girl friends.. I don’t miss work 😛

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on April 7, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Why do these women not work?

    Iris

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    • beverly posted on April 7, 2011 at 11:57 am

      For various personal reasons. Some have quit jobs to accompany husbands here in Shanghai, others are inbetween jobs, others work half-a-week, etc

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on April 7, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Strange that you had a bad experience at Whisk – when I was living in Shanghai, I thought it was at least equal to HoF in terms of dessert. Their upside down, chocolate therapy, chocolate tart, and pudding are all absolutely delicious. As is their hot chocolate.

    I do remember always bringing my own bottle of 2 kuai water with me. Sorry you had a bad experience, they generally have done very well by me!

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    • beverly posted on April 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Oo we didn’t have the hot choc. I didn’t try those dishes you had, but I did really like their Banana choc cake. It was mainly the Churros that was awful.. and the ridiculous no-water policy… *grumble*……!

      Reply
  • beverly posted on April 7, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Oh this wasn’t an organised tour.. we did it ourselves, hee! But good idea, a proper organised one would be SO fun

    Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on April 7, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Looks like a fun time!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 7, 2011 at 11:56 am

      It’s so much fun to be able to hang out in the afternoons with girl friends.. I don’t miss work 😛

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on April 7, 2011 at 11:04 am

    that cuppa hot choc – whats that stick for?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      To stir the marshmallows in! Sooo cute

      Reply
    • beverly posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      To stir the choc and the marshmallows. It was tres cute!

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on April 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Sorry if this is a double post, but I wasn’t sure if I already pressed “enter”.

    Anyway, I totally empathize with the “No water” at restaurants policy. It was one of the first things that irritated me about Germany. All restaurants don’t serve free water. Now I’m used to it!

    How long is the maternity leave in Shanghai? Are you going to get a babysitter after that?

    Reply
    • Anonymous posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:30 am

      water

      When you are in Germany, you have to ask for “Leitungswasser” or “Kranwasser” which is tap water (and drinkable ;-). So far, I’ve never been to a restaurant that refused to give me Leitungswasser. And they wont charge you for it, by the way.

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      • beverly posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:48 am

        Re: water

        Wow a great tip – thank you for that!

        Priscilla: I get 4 month maternity leave 🙂

        Reply
      • Anonymous posted on April 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm

        Re: water

        Thanks for that tip.

        I tried asking for Leitungswasser a few times and there’s been restaurants which refused to give me any. So perhaps that’s why I stopped asking, since its apparently not common for people to ask for it in Germany.

        Reply
  • Anonymous posted on April 7, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Why do these women not work?

    Iris

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 7, 2011 at 11:57 am

      For various personal reasons. Some have quit jobs to accompany husbands here in Shanghai, others are inbetween jobs, others work half-a-week, etc

      Reply
  • babyrussell posted on April 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Have you lost all your pregnancy weight already? You’re looking so slim already – how very unfair!! 🙁

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:51 am

      Ya i lost it pretty quickly, but only cos I was breastfeeding a greedy lil boy 😛 That said, I still have a flabby potbelly, booooo

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on April 7, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Strange that you had a bad experience at Whisk – when I was living in Shanghai, I thought it was at least equal to HoF in terms of dessert. Their upside down, chocolate therapy, chocolate tart, and pudding are all absolutely delicious. As is their hot chocolate.

    I do remember always bringing my own bottle of 2 kuai water with me. Sorry you had a bad experience, they generally have done very well by me!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Oo we didn’t have the hot choc. I didn’t try those dishes you had, but I did really like their Banana choc cake. It was mainly the Churros that was awful.. and the ridiculous no-water policy… *grumble*……!

      Reply
  • beverly posted on April 7, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Oh this wasn’t an organised tour.. we did it ourselves, hee! But good idea, a proper organised one would be SO fun

    Reply
  • carorules posted on April 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Wine and chocolate, 2 of my fav things 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:50 am

      Haha I think it’s a female thing !:P

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on April 7, 2011 at 11:04 am

    that cuppa hot choc – whats that stick for?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      To stir the marshmallows in! Sooo cute

      Reply
    • beverly posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      To stir the choc and the marshmallows. It was tres cute!

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on April 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Sorry if this is a double post, but I wasn’t sure if I already pressed “enter”.

    Anyway, I totally empathize with the “No water” at restaurants policy. It was one of the first things that irritated me about Germany. All restaurants don’t serve free water. Now I’m used to it!

    How long is the maternity leave in Shanghai? Are you going to get a babysitter after that?

    Reply
    • Anonymous posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:30 am

      water

      When you are in Germany, you have to ask for “Leitungswasser” or “Kranwasser” which is tap water (and drinkable ;-). So far, I’ve never been to a restaurant that refused to give me Leitungswasser. And they wont charge you for it, by the way.

      Reply
      • beverly posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:48 am

        Re: water

        Wow a great tip – thank you for that!

        Priscilla: I get 4 month maternity leave 🙂

        Reply
      • Anonymous posted on April 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm

        Re: water

        Thanks for that tip.

        I tried asking for Leitungswasser a few times and there’s been restaurants which refused to give me any. So perhaps that’s why I stopped asking, since its apparently not common for people to ask for it in Germany.

        Reply
  • babyrussell posted on April 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Have you lost all your pregnancy weight already? You’re looking so slim already – how very unfair!! 🙁

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:51 am

      Ya i lost it pretty quickly, but only cos I was breastfeeding a greedy lil boy 😛 That said, I still have a flabby potbelly, booooo

      Reply
  • carorules posted on April 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Wine and chocolate, 2 of my fav things 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:50 am

      Haha I think it’s a female thing !:P

      Reply
  • beverly posted on April 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I know!! Even if I order drinks I still want water, so to force me to order mineral water is double-paying IMHO..

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  • beverly posted on April 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I know!! Even if I order drinks I still want water, so to force me to order mineral water is double-paying IMHO..

    Reply
  • azuredrifting posted on April 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    hey tai tai woman, makes me want to grab my sweet tooth tai tai friend for a choc tour too =)

    Reply
  • azuredrifting posted on April 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    hey tai tai woman, makes me want to grab my sweet tooth tai tai friend for a choc tour too =)

    Reply
  • Anonymous posted on April 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I have also tried the cheesecake at Napoleon, the lady is right, the cheesecake has a layer of white chocolate on top! 🙂

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    • beverly posted on April 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Ahhh no wonder! It’s yummy 🙂

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on April 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I have also tried the cheesecake at Napoleon, the lady is right, the cheesecake has a layer of white chocolate on top! 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Ahhh no wonder! It’s yummy 🙂

      Reply

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