Chocolat Grand Cafe: A Tasteem Review
If you ever find yourself in Cologne (Germany), then one of the places that you must visit (especially if you have kids!) is the Lindt Chocolate Museum. Located within an easy public transport ride from the Centre of the City, it’s a great place to learn all about the chocolate making process and the history of the famous Lindt Chocolate company.
Of course, a visit to a Chocolate Museum is not complete without tasting the goods that they have on offer… and so the Chocolat Grand Café located in the foyer of the museum is definitely a place to have a bit of a snack or lunch to keep those brain cells learning about chocolate!
The Grand Café is located in the foyer of the museum which is on a little island in the city of Cologne. We were here during the Christmas market season, and so the view of the front of the museum is a bit obscured by the Christmas market tents that were set up all around the Plein.
As you can see, the café is incredibly popular. I’m sure that there are people who would be coming here just for the chocolate treats and not bothering with the museum part!
We were lucky to have a table, the seating process is pretty smooth. You just wait your turn, and the staff will find you the next available table. Depending on the timing of your visit, it will be a short wait or one that is somewhat lengthier… avoid the lunch rush… or the afternoon tea rush…
…but while you are waiting, you can look at these… and take your time fantasising about which one (or more…) that you are going to eat!
If you can think of a way to include chocolate… it will be on the menu! Luckily, for those who are afflicted with the curse of choco-phobia (yes, I made that word up…), there are also selections for you that don’t have chocolate. Although, one would have to wonder what you are doing on the Lindt Chocolate Island!
Just for a bit of brevity, I’m just going to list the menu without too much comment. The menu is well presented, with lovely photos of all the things that you are going to stuff down your mouth! Funnily enough, this will be probably one of the few restaurants that you will go to where your main course would pass as a dessert in any other place! It is tempting to order one of everything… but that is the road to disaster!
With all this chocolately goodness on the menu, you are going to need some good drink to wash it all down! Luckily, there is a great selection of wines, teas and coffees… and of course the chocolate themed and based drinks!
Okay, we didn’t go with the one of everything decision… but we did get a nice savoury cheese wrap, which was the token non-chocolate item in the order.
A plain crepe with chocolate, which was very nicely presented and surprisingly enough for Germany, was actually a very good crepe!
…. And finally, the masterpiece, a chocolate fondue! This was a bowl of melted warm chocolate with a huge assortment of fruits and biscuits to dip and cover in chocolate. We actually enjoyed this so much that we ended up buying a fondue set for Christmas!
Oh wow… this place is decadent! It is crazy busy… and it is very much a touristy sort of place, and the prices do reflect that as well. However, it is a nice place to sit down and just have a bit of a rest from the walking and learning in the museum.
The food is great, and the service is very good. They do have quite a lot of wait staff on, I guess they expect the busyness of the constant flow of customers. So, the whole experience was very enjoyable! However, it is really a place to come for a treat… it’s not your local comfy café where you can sit in silence and read or STEEM for a couple of quiet hours!
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