Walk through Select City Walk and you’ll be distracted, again and again, with photos of chocolaty temptation. Such photos mean only one thing, you outside the Royce’ Chocolate store, mindlessly thinking where to start. And that’s what happened to me this past weekend.
This store, second in Delhi and sixth in the country, makes the most exquisite chocolate in the world. A Japan-based brand, folks at Royce’ get their cocoa beans all the way from Venezuela and Ghana. These are then finished in Haikkado- a place where the climate and clean air are perfect for making chocolate. They are imported to India in a temperature-controlled surrounding. All of this just to make sure their purity is top-notch. In fact shelf life of some chocolates is one month from the date of defrosting.
The price tag makes you cringe, I won’t lie. But the chocolate aficionado in me would have cursed myself had I walked along, hands empty, ignoring those glorious bars. The staff make you feel home at once, ensuring you try their delectables till your mind is made. And that my friend takes more than a couple of minutes.
One bite of ‘Nama’- their specialty and your brain shuts up about the prices. They just melt in your mouth, and if I can say, they melt your insides gloriously. We tried the Mild Cocoa, Ecuador Sweet and Ghana Bitter, all different in flavor but similar is texture.
We then tasted the Potatochip Chocolate-chocolate on a crunchy, salty potato chip <obviously!>. This is a piece of art. Recommend it to peeps who love(d) dunking fries in chocolate.
Berry Cube was their ‘Try of the Week’ and was delish. Imagine thin strawberry-scented chocolate filled with a sweet-tarty raspberry and blueberry sauce. So, so good.
Although all chocolates here are worth their weight in gold, they still didn’t come close to our ultimate favorite, the Nama. We decided on a box of Nama Ecuador Sweet (Rs. 1195) plus an Almond bar (Rs. 595).
Starting with the Almond Bar, this one is way, way better to the usuals. It is silky, so smooth, with crunchy nobs of whole-roasted Almonds, making it absolutely addicting.
Nama doesn’t disappoint either. They come in small blocks of 20 that are dusted with cocoa powder, encased in a plastic container. The folks wrap your purchase in an aluminum foil with a frozen silica gel bag to keep them fresh.
They are lushest, creamiest chocolates you can buy in India. One gentle nibble allows you to sink into a chocolate pool of velvety sweetness and smooth consistency. This rich bonne bouche melts in your mouth like air, intensifying feelings of lust, greed and joy.
Royce’ Chocolate takes all you’ve got to defuse their chocolate flavor from your head. Good luck sleeping with the constant knock of wanting to eat more of it.
Address: Ground Floor, Select City Walk, Next to Armani Jeans