After our dinner at Torrisi, Kat and I were not satisfied in the dessert department. During our walk around the neighbourhood, we spotted this quaint little cafe – The Best Chocolate Cake in the World – we decided to go in and take a look.
The Best Chocolate Cake in the World has all things chocolate – from their famed chocolate cake to chocolate shots made with Valrhona chocolate. We couldn’t decide between the traditional and the bittersweet. So we went for the tasting menu.
For a measly US$9.85, we got half a slice of the traditional chocolate cake, half a slice of the bittersweet chocolate cake, two scoops of gelato, fruits and whipped cream – I think it is safe to declare it was the best value for money tasting menu.
I had a quick bite of both the traditional and bittersweet chocolate cake and declared that I like the bittersweet version better. And guess what? Kat liked the traditional chocolate cake!
Now here’s the catch – the best chocolate cake in the world – is not a chocolate cake. If you go into the shop, expecting some fluffy chocolate sponge cake with rich buttercream, you will be disappointed. The best chocolate cake in the world is made up of layers of crispy chocolate meringue and chocolate mousse which is topped with a layer of chocolate ganache. It’s a lot of chocolate!
I was glad we went for the tasting menu. Though the cake has layers of chocolate mousse, the crunch from the meringue got a bit monotonous. The gelato (from Il Laboratorio del Gelato) helped to provide texture, and glided the cake down the throat. By the way, the gelatos were fabulous. They were creamy and delicious – they were good on their own or with the cake.
While we were having our cakes, we observed that a lot of people walked into the shop, asking the girl at the counter “Is this the best chocolate cake in the world?”. Before I left, I asked the girl at the shop how many times she got ask that question. She rolled her eyes and said “Countless”. So if you ever pass by the shop, just go in, order your cake and eat it. Spare the poor girl with the question.
The Best Chocolate in the World (they have three outlets around NYC; I went to the one in Soho) 55A Spring Street New York NY 10012 +1-212-343-2253 Mon – Thu: 8am – 12am, Fri: 8am – 1am, Sat: 9am -1am, Sun: 9am – 12am