Weeks ago, the 4th GCC and South American Summit happened in Riyadh. Flags of different nations are flying high in the highways. Unfortunately for me, I couldn’t even recognize which flag belong to which country (did you try?). Anyway, the leaders, presidents, and prime ministers of these countries visited Saudi Arabia and one leader that I saw in the social media sites was His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of of United Arab Emirates and Emir of Dubai. Photos of him in Al Nakheel Mall went viral. It seems to show how humble this world leader is and how one he is with people. It’s actually refreshing to see world leaders doing what we mere mortals do. Haha, like shopping! Well I don’t actually expect HRH King Salman to be shopping in a Riyadh mall any time soon but why not? It’s just interesting to see the Sheikh in a mall and eating at a restaurant just like the rest of us, minus the bodyguards. He’s just shopping and dining… just another day in the life of a world leader. Haha!
Anyway, I noticed that he ate in Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar. I wonder what he ate. I remembered that R and I already ate there a month ago. As usual, we haven’t written about it as soon as possible. It had to take a picture of Dubai’s ruler eating in the place to spur me into action. Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar promises to revive the nostalgia-influenced confections of the past. They take their customers on a world of cosmopolitan cocoa through their modern take on old favorites and interiors of urban culture. This cafe has a salon-style to it and we’re more than happy to try their concoctions!
During its opening week, the restaurant was jampacked. There was a wait in the line and sometimes, it’s easier to give up than wait for a table in Chocolate Bar. We wondered what made them popular. It might have been the fact that it’s one of the newest restaurants in Riyadh or people have heard and read good things about it. Or maybe, they’ve visited branches of it worldwide and had great experience. We… well, we were just curious.
Thankfully, there was no need to wait for us. We approached the door along with other women and we were given seats. Maybe because it’s easier to seat 2 persons than a party of 5 or more. We got down to business and read their menu. We asked the kabayan waiter what he would recommend and he spoke highly of one of their pasta in cream. It has bits of chicken and lots of parmesan cheese. Overall, it was tasty and flavorful.
Of course we couldn’t pass up the chance to their famous fondant and fondue. Their fondant didn’t come in a whole cake form; the surprise of cutting into the cake and the rushing forth of the chocolate was already spoiled by the melted chocolate placed on top of the sliced and crumbled cake. I eagerly placed a spoonful in my mouth waiting for a Eureka moment. Sadly it failed to lit up my senses. It’s overwhelmingly dark and heavy. The chocolate is full-bodied and cloying. We barely ate half of it.
Disappointed with the fondant, we tried the fondue with less expectations. At least this time, it was met. The milk chocolate was warm and buttery. It wasn’t as sweet as the combination of the chocolate and the cake of the fondant so dipping the morsels of sliced fruits and butter cake was a joy. We can’t help but submerge ourselves into this glorious dessert.
Don’t be fooled by the name of the restaurant. This Chocolate Bar is not only a chocolate bar. It offers sandwiches, pizzas, and various pizzas too. They have a lot of dessert choices; some original, some you’ve probably seen in other cafes. What they boast of is their chocolate though… milk, white, and dark. And their rock and roll take on them. Our sin is not trying the chocolate bars. How can we miss them?! Ah, just another reason to come back then.
Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar
Ground Floor, Al Nakheel Mall
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Working Hours: 8:00 AM – 11:30 PM