Truly, this little establishment has introduced me to the most exquisite chocolate I have had the pleasure to taste. The glossy ganache in the individual chocolates has a sublime cocoa intensity, nuanced variously with mouth-watering flavours such as fresh mint, olive oil & rosemary, passion fruit and sea salted caramel. The staff are well informed and charming – and always ready to advise a chocolate lover who is, understandably, boggled by choice. If you’re lucky, you might even get to sample a chocolate that was deemed unfit for display (though still eminently fit for consumption). Extend your visit by indulging in a hot chocolate – nab the window seat and you can relish the delicious chocolate aromas that fill the shop too!
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Posted: Thu Jun 28 2012
Chocoholics flock to this temple of cocoa nestled near Richmond Green. Winner of many accolades, William Curley enjoys a varied and loyal clientele, all in search of a truly special sweet treat. The melding of classic French techniques and Japanese flavours intrigues even the most experienced palates, and the display of too-pretty-to-eat pastries and chocolate sculptures is mesmerising. Knowledgeable staff provided extensive explanations of their wares, eventually leading us to the award-winning truffles and other couture chocolates. We opted for unusual varieties such as Japanese black vinegar, Japanese saké, and apricot with wasabi. All were technically faultless – a silky smooth ganache enrobed in a thin shiny, snapping coat of chocolate – although we didn’t entirely embrace the rather aggressive flavours. We carried some pâtisserie to the nearby green for a posh picnic (the few tables outside were full). Blinged out with gold leaf and chocolate decoration, these pastries unabashedly asked for admiration. Forêt noire (black forest gateau) featured a boozy kirsch crème sharply cutting through layers of bitter Toscano chocolate. Raspberry delice successfully fused chocolate and raspberry with notes of almond, and certainly soothed sugar cravings.
William Curley 10 Paved Court