on May 14, 2010
Chocolat. It is a food group as far as I'm concerned. I never in my life imagined I would encounter a phenomenon such as "too much chocolate"..."too rich chocolate" ...or "too sweet chocolate". At Angelina's tea house; however, I met my match. Angelina, I bow to you. You are the victor.From the moment I had read about Angelina, it was on my must hit list. Recommended by guide books, by the pricey consulting firm my friends use when they travel, and by my pals who had beat me to Paris on previous trips. It has numerous attributes in its favour. It's near the Louvre (the perfect place to rest Louvre-fatigued feet) and it's famous for its dessert and hot chocolate (L'Africaine), so off we went.L'Africaine, let me tell you, is this: melted chocolate, probably mixed with cream, served piping hot in a small pitcher. Pour into your mug. Garnish with the provided bowl of whipped cream and enjoy (?). This is how you know you are in trouble:1. People eat it with a spoon. Seriously, it's like soup.2. You need to add whipped cream to cut the sweetness (in what universe!?).3. The cake you ordered alongside your hot chocolate is LESS sweet than your beverage.While at first sip it was tasty, I have to admit...even for a die-hard chocolate lover like myself it was a bit much. I had to leave a pretty hefty portion of the 7 Euro drink in my cup. Yes...7 Euros. So that was a pretty big disappointment and I'm afraid I can't recommend it, even though it is the specialty of the house. The cake; however, was good. "Tartalette Eva" - chocolate, creme fraiche, garnish with raspberry - quite nice.I also have to say, I was pretty disappointed in the bathrooms - they were very basic and not very clean. Elsewhere the decor is lovely but we were hustled to a loser-section of the restaurant with no natural light and very little ambience. And it's definitely a touristy place to go - patrons at surrounding tables had guidebooks in hand and most visitors were speaking English.Our bill for the experience 18,20 Euros (one coffee, one hot chocolate, one little cake), service included. I'm gonna have to go against the guidebooks on this one. I'll give it two stars because I don't think you have to actively avoid it but I really don't think you should go out of your way to visit. Laduree was far and away a better tea room.
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