Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Plaisir du Chocolat



I went back to Edinburgh this weekend to see family and found out that this lovely chocolatier has gone into administration, and, as of yesterday, is no more. It will be much missed, and Edinburgh will be the worse off for it. It was not a place I visited regularly, frequent trips being rather beyond my means, but on the occasions when I did go through it was thoroughly delightful. They served a range of different kinds of very good hot chocolate, my favourite being the chocolate expresso, a mixture of 70% chocolate and cream, and the hot chocolate with chillies, which was made with maybe 85% chocolate, and was wonderful.



Their cakes were also good, but best of all was their pastry. Thin, crumbling and delicious, I ached to make pastry like it. That said, very recently it had gone a little downhill, too thick, not crumbling and, dare I say it, a little soggy in the middle.

Their chocolates were truly beautiful, thin shelled creations with coloured cocoa butter prints on top. More importantly they tasted fabulous, and came in a treasure trove of flavours enough to make anyone weak at the knees. Lavander, pepper, green tea with jasmine were some of the more unsual, but wonderful pralines and salted butter caramels were also stand out.



I managed to get there in its last half hour of trading, and joined the many people paying homage by buying up the last of the home made chocolates.



Ironically, many of these flavours I will be trying for the first and last time.

9 comments:

S. Worthen said...

Don't get your hopes up, but at least there's a small possibility of a return: http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=719832007

Anonymous said...

You should definately try Coco of Bruntsfield on Bruntsfield Place. It's amazing... all organic and handmade in Edinburgh. Chocolate bars such as caramel,seasalt and pinenut or even lime and coconut!! Truly an amazing experience!

Anonymous said...

Please do not distress after the company closed there store on the royal mile they where bought over by an investor and they have recently opened a store on thistle street happy munching.

VMD said...

The new shop has now also closed. I had booked a party with them on the Saturday after they went into liquidation and the manager (Bertrand) not only didn't turn up to honour the agreement but also did a runner with my money. The chocolates may have been great but the guy's morals leave a lot to be desired. Leaves a bitter taste in my mouth to say the least.

Anonymous said...

I wish I had read your comment earlier. I and 3 friends booked a tasting today (35 pounds per person) and when we arrived we found out they had closed. We're visiting from the states and we're very sad to miss the chocolate, but sad too to be missing our money! hbelletti@hotmail.com

Paula said...

People might be interested to know that I have heard good things about Coco of Bruntsfield, located at 174 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh. I haven't been able to follow these up as I'm currently not based in Edinburgh but I also used to like So Cocoa in Stockbridge.

Foodycat said...

So sad - they were the most beautiful chocolates! I must hoard the last of the marrons glace I got at Christmas.

MBobMean said...

I loved this place.

Daniel said...

Coco of Bruntsfield has been recommended twice, but in my opinion their chocolates come nowhere near the marvellous creations of Plaisier du Chocolat. My recommendation would be to give Chocolate Tree (also on Bruntsfield Place) a try!