Fate smiled upon us that night. It was already past midnight. We just came from a videoke joint in Jupiter Street and I wanted something sweet. Most of the restaurants and bars were closed for the night so Eloisa suggested we just go to the Starbucks at the end of the road. I was never a Starbucks fan but I needed my dessert fix. We hoped into my car and drove there. I shouted when I saw the establishment next to it. Although it was dark, my eyes zoomed in on the word “chocolatier.” I remember Jane mentioning on plurk about a chocolatier and me replying that I must go there. It hit me that this was the place she was talking about. Eloisa, Faith, and I worried for a bit that the cafe was closed already since it was already late. Fate wanted me to experience Maitre Chocolatier Boutique Cafe because they were still open. I said a quiet thanks for the blessing.
Ambiance, Design, and Space
The cafe was dimly lit. Perhaps it was because of the time. The mood lighting makes the place a nice place to go on a date. Sweet words exchanged over sweets. The chocolatier is spacious and is minimally designed with boxy furniture and a curved ceiling. The bar is highlighted with its fanciful chocolate bar tiles and the nice curlicue signage.
I don’t know how the chocolatier looks like during the day but I am guessing it will look really simple without the drama brought about by the mood lighting.
Service is fast but there were only a few of us there that night. The waiter was attentive to us and was able to answer our questions. Our orders were brought in a matter of a few minutes.
It was hard to choose what to order because all of their offerings seem really good. There are numerous selections of cakes, gelatos, and chocolate liqueur drinks. Eloisa and I decided to share the Golden Euphoria (P250) which is a Ferrero Hazelnut Crunch Cake. The menu describes it as “Tempting Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse on a velvety Chocolate Sponge Cake topped with the enchanting Ferrero Hazelnut.” Sharing was a bad idea because I could finish 1 to 2 slices in one sitting. Faith ordered 3 variants of gelato and they were all good.
Maitre Chocolatier Boutique Cafe is owned by the distributor of well-known chocolate brands such as Ferrero Rocher, Kinder Bueno, Lindt, Toblerone, Rittersport, and Frey. The Boutique has a big shelf full of those goodies you can buy to take home with you.
The price is steep for a dessert, except for the gelatos which is only around P60 a scoop, but if you want to indulge or want to forget about life’s problems for a while (the heavenly desserts do that) then a night at Maitre Chocolatier Boutique Cafe is worth it.
I want to go back to try the other cakes. I hope when I come back I’ll be with a date. Maybe that’s asking too much but maybe Fate will be kind to me once more.
Maitre Chocolatier Boutique Cafe
Unit 2A No. 28 Jupiter St. corner Astra St. Bel-Air
(+632) 8978559 (+632) 8962529