Cape Town’s boutique “bean to bar” sanctuary of sweets will certainly satiate you.
It has been said that in Heaven chocolate has no calories and is served as the main meal. You needn’t plead with Saint Peter to grant you entrance through the celestial pearly gates as co-founders Anthony Gird and Michael de Klerk have provided a delicious offering here on Earth.
“an indulgent chocolate escape”
Described as, “an indulgent chocolate escape,” the café provides a smorgasbord of vegan friendly, gluten- and dairy-free treats for chocoholics to enjoy. Walking through the Mother City on a windy winters day; being whipped from one side of the pavement to the other -which is totally normal for Cape Town this time of year- we dash into Honest Chocolate.
A humble hole in the wall. Four small tables are packed into the modest eatery, encouraging you to come in a pair.
Barreling towards the picturesque courtyard, the spicy aroma of freshly-baked banana bread bunny chow, resting on the cooling rack, stops us dead in our tracks. We decide to unburden ourselves of our protective layers of warmth and sit right in front of the confection’s display.
Double chocolate cashew nut brownies (R25 each) are making our mouths water, and so are the chocolate and bran muffins (R18 each). The moans of our hunger pangs fill the cosy chocolate bar. We decide to peruse the menu for something more filling.
It’s a no-brainer. We order the nachos. It costs R38 and chocolate spread with a choc chilli chai, which is R22 to wash it down.
Like a chorus, a sigh of pleasure escapes with the mouthful.
The versatile salty, sweet, bitter and peppery flavour combined with the flurry of silky, crunchy and coarse textures arrest our palates. The chilli chai complements the nachos perfectly.
We’d get so fat if we worked here, we decide. “I have,” one of the bakers behind the counter laughs.
“Here, let me help you get there sana lwam,” she says, walking towards us with a small plate of chocolate truffles. We wolf them down and drain what is left of our chai drinks.
The thought of heading back out into the Cape chill fills us with dread. So we ask for more truffles as we are savoring these ones. 45 minutes on the treadmill is all we’re willing to do to counteract this decadent meal.
Visit Honest Chocolate Cafe at 64A Wale St, CBD. They are open from 9am – 6pm, 7 days a week.