Yes we have all heard of “hot chocolate so thick and rich it is like a melted chocolate bar”. I have heard hot chocolate described in this delicious way many times, and yet it always disappoints. Hot chocolate can be thick and creamy and lovely, but if it can easily strain through a sieve, it is not literally as if it were a melted chocolate bar.
Because of this loosely used description, my hopes for Amorino weren’t too high. I had been recommended by a fellow American in Paris who was generally over enthusiastic about everything. Then one blustery snowy night I found myself completely lost in the Latin Quarter with my hands feeling as if they would soon crack off my arms all together and fall icy onto the snow beneath me (despite the fact I had two sets of gloves on). If you have had the pleasure of visiting the Latin Quarter you will know that at night there are not many stores you can simply “duck into” to catch your breath or quickly warm yourself. As I passed countless numbers of Kebab stands and Italian restaurants I began to wonder if my life had took a turn for the worst, and if I was now living the tale of the Little Matchbox Girl. Although I was without matches and all of my grandparents are still alive, I began to slip into a daze that is only brought on by an absence of feeling in your whole body despite how many warm layers you possess. And so I was in this state when all of a sudden I was awakened by the sight of a warmly lit cafe in which smiling faces were accompanied by a thick chocolate mustache.
Next thing I knew I was at the register ordering in perfect French, and sitting down with a large cup of something warm. I knew as soon as my lips hit the chocolate that I was alive. The hot chocolate, as thick in fact as a melted chocolate bar coated my mouth and lips with a sensation that can only be brought on by the most sinful of God’s creations. I had chosen the dark chocolate, which was perfect for my taste and just a tiny bit sweet. The milk chocolate is a bit sweeter and less dense in its cocoa flavor. They also have some other flavors like hazelnut and nutella. After possessing a mustache in the likes of Emiliano Zapata I decided to attack the bliss with another tactic – the spoon. It was the slow dripping off the edge of the spoon that reminded me that this beverage (though indeed just hot chocolate) had comforted me and wrapped itself around me, maternal in nature as all good sustenance can.
Visit any of Amorino’s locations in Paris at;
47 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île
01 44 07 48 08
17 Rue Daguerre
01 43 20 15 78
6 Rue Guisarde
01 43 54 11 80
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