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Choco Falls: Chocolate Fountains at Citystars
It was only a few years ago that the world became a better place and life began to make more sense: the chocolate fountain was introduced to the open market; a wonderful machine creating deliciously fluid chocolate.
Before, we only found chocolate fountains at weddings and birthday parties, but nowadays you can also reach chocolate delirium in Citystars. Choco Falls is a small stand located in front of Golden Cinema on the ground floor of Citystars.
Choco Falls has quite some chocolate dipping options, such as fruit, crêpes, waffles, marshmallows, brownies and so on. Choco Falls uses only Belgian chocolate from the chocolate house of Callebaut; a one-hundred-year-old brand famous for its quality chocolate.
This reviewer opted for the wafflestick (10LE), a fruit and choco bowl (10LE) and the chocomallow crêpe (20LE). The Christmas tree-shaped wafflestick was a little bit floppy, and we suspect that the waffle itself would have tasted bland without the chocolate. However, the dark chocolate on top was wonderful and absolutely made up for the floppy wafflestick.
If you want to keep it a little bit healthy; then opt for the fruit and choco bowl. There are different kinds of fruit to choose from such as apple, banana, kiwi, cantaloupe and mango, but we were a bit disappointed that there were no strawberries. We dipped our fruit into white chocolate, which was absolutely delicious. The white chocolate tasted wonderful and combined with the zesty fruit, it was a little like chocolate heaven on earth.
We were ecstatic about trying the chocomallow crêpe, which we asked to be filled with milk chocolate. The crêpe is freshly baked on the spot, then filled with marshmallows and covered in chocolate sauce. While it sounds and looks great, the end result was a bit disappointing. The combination of the marshmallows and crêpe was a bit dry and needed more chocolate filling to make it tastier. However, Choco Falls may have intentionally cut back on the filling so as to avoid giving you a chocolate overdose.
The staff at the Citystars branch is friendly, and you definitely get your value for money with these small but tasty snacks. Make sure you get your chocolate shot the next time you are in Citystars.
With Brew & Chew satisfying the cravings of Maadi residents, and Dip n Dip spreading their fantastic desserts in New Cairo, Nasr City and 6 of October City, the sweet-toothed of Zamalek can be forgiven for feeling a little neglected – that is until now. Chocolate by name, chocolaty by nature, Joe’s Chocolate Bar on Taha Hussein Street could be the answer to every chocaholic’s dreams.
As a venue, Joe’s Chocolate Bar is divided into two floors; the top floor has nothing remarkable about it but allows smoking, while the ground floor is where the ‘chocolate is. Besides the melted chocolate-like decoration on the wall (which is installed upside down, so instead looks like chocolate waves) the calm lighting and wood walls create a relaxing and cosy ambiance to the place.
The items on the menu are limited and nothing grabbed our attention, but we opted for the Molten Chocolate Cake (47LE), Triple Chocolate Crepe (41LE) and their new special item – as the waiter was so keen to mention – Oreo Waffle (49LE).
The molten chocolate cake had a bold chocolate flavour and a very moist texture; the gooey centre had a fantastic pudding-like consistency, which shows that it was cooked to perfection and, overall, the dessert had a spot-on sweetness. On the other hand, we would have preferred that the ice cream was served separately, because the hot temperature of cake melted it quickly and made the top of the cake rather soggy.
The triple chocolate crepe was just as good, meanwhile; coming as three thin, light and fluffy triangular servings, each one was filled with a generous amount of melted milk chocolate, and drizzled with white, milk, and dark chocolate. We also asked for fruit (10LE) on the side which consists of mini cubes of kiwi, bananas, and strawberries, and it was surprisingly fresh even though it’s not strawberry season yet.
As for the Oreo waffle, we expected nothing more than a waffle with crushed Oreo on top, but, impressively, the waffle itself had an actual layer of Oreo in the middle. Despite the waffles needing a little more milk chocolate on top and being a bit chewy, they were largely soft with a slightly crispy exterior, and the flavour of the Oreo popped in every single bite.
Joe’s Chocolate Bar definitely impressed with their well-executed desserts and big flavours, but we felt that the variety on the menu is too safe and a bit limited for a dessert specialist. We’d very happily come back for the molten chocolate cake, though.