Friday, May 20

monty's chocolates, 155 latrobe tce, paddington


...above (right) charbonnel et walker...imported by monty's from the uk 
...above liquid sea salted caramels from gerard coleman 
 my friend carla from vanillapod recently introduced me to monty's chocolates in paddington.  (carla is a fan of monty's & stocks several of monty's lines in her shop in ascot).

we met steve (owner of monty's w ptr dori sheldon) & he took us on a little chocolate journey that lasted much of the morning...no complaints from me!  steve is so passionate about his beautiful store, chocolates that he imports & everything to do with fine chocolate that you can only find his enthusiasm contagious!  first up we devoured the house made thick custardy hot chocolate...our chocolate tasting order is listed below...i have to say the stand-out favourite was the barre infernale noire from francois pralus - OMG!...& the liquid sea salted caramel is something i will never forget...advice...eat in one bite!

chocolate tasting order:
valencia almond 75% from pralus, france
barre infernale noire 75% outer with praline hazelnuts & almonds from piedmont, pralus, france
chilli & highland whisky ganache with 72% outer, coppeneur, germany
ecuduor hacienda iara 62% from coppeneur, germany
hazelnut covered with 45% milk chocolate from pralus, france
liquid sea salted caramel (made for gordon ramsay claridges restaurant) by gerard, uk
...all this was washed down with a fine cup of yorkshire gold tea!

steve & dori import chocolate from france, germany & uk + stock lief chocolate from eumundi.  monty's is open 7 days m-f 9-5pm, sat 9-4pm, sun 11-4pm
...above (left) my standout of the tasting barre infernale noire from pralus, france
 ...above (left) lief chocolate from local maker at eumundi
...above (right) carla gets the run-down from steve
...above during the tasting process 
 ...above (left) sea salted caramel sauce also sold at vanilla pod
...above (right) my tea was well needed after all that chocolate!

84 comments:

Sophie Munns said...

Hi D,
this is the best little cafe and chocolate shop... last year I had a studio nearby and popped in when it was time for a pick me up every now and then... the best hot choc ever... and the staff are lovely!

LOVE your photos... Mmm ..would love ne of those salty choc caramels right now!

a friend of mine found her way to your blog and LOVED it too... she doesn't blog... so Im adding this message on her behalf!
S
ps...found this post at twitter!

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

Firstly, let me say what a wonderful blog you have here. So happy to have discovered you on Twitter :D

I've never been to Monty's Chocolates, in fact, I didn't know it excited, but it looks AMAZING!! I love the banoffee truffles! I think a visit is in order for me soon :D

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Maria said...

I love speciality shops like this and what a treat to do chocolate tasting!

Ug said...

Absolutely fantastic. I have to go.

M. said...

chocolate heaven :)

Marisa said...

Another chocoholic I see... :-) The cardamom white sounds right up my alley.

gbf said...

gorgeous shop! thanks for your comments...i am day dreaming about the thick hot choc today. dayle

Carla Burns said...

we must do this again...your pick next!!! Carla x

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