Time Out says
Buoyed by its location overlooking Borough Market, Hotel Chocolat is aiming for some additional street cred with Rabot 1745 – a slick café-restaurant named after a cocoa estate founded in 1745 on the Caribbean island of St Lucia. As you might guess, this venue is famed for its hot chocolate: their premier-league brew is a well-balanced, savoury-edged elixir guaranteed to warm the cockles, and you can even add a shot of St Lucian rum if you’re feeling chilly (in summer, a cup of iced chocolate does the trick). Rabot’s café offer also extends to afternoon tea and cocoa-themed breakfasts (try their beer-braised sausage baps with cocoa/tomato ketchup), while the upstairs restaurant offers more ambitious seasonal ideas such as venison fillet with cocoa-crusted braised ‘trimmings’, celeriac purée, caramelised almonds and red wine reduction.
2-4 Bedale Street
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Users say (23)
Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
- 5 star:11
- 4 star:6
- 3 star:3
- 2 star:2
- 1 star:0
If the idea of chocolate or cacao in every single dish leaves you feeling sceptical, you're not alone....but actually it's amazing. The highlight for me (other than the predictably amazing chocolate fondant dessert) was the white chocolate mash and pulled pork in a Yorkshire pudding as a starter. Genius.
I visited Rabot last Saturday for afternoon tea with a friend and we had a great time. The tea itself was delightfully unusual, including drink options such as hot chocolate and cocoa-infused herbal teas. The food - also cocoa-themed - went down a treat too; my favourite bits were the rare roast beef with horseradish and the chocolate and orange scones with cocoa whip. And shoutout to the cheesecake with the mulled wine jelly! For £20 quid, I thought we got our money's worth so if you're looking a different experience, this is a good bet.
I'd been looking for a good excuse to try Hotel Chocolat's cocoa-inspired restaurant, but was really disappointed in the end. Our waitress came across as pushy and mildly exasperated and unimpressed by people wanting to choose starters/mains in a way that suited their preferences. While the menu sounds really interesting, the execution is lacking. Most of the food we ordered was bland and average - falling far short of our expectations. I really don't think it was value for money at all.
On the plus side, the rum menu is interesting, the hot chocolate is delicious and the restaurant has nice ambience.
As it was my birthday I did get complimentary prosecco and a few chocolate truffles, which was nice, but couldn't make up for the bad service and substandard food. Needless to say, I won't be going back.
I splashed out and had the tuna, a very good decision as it was just divine. A very relaxing atmosphere, and welcoming staff who are more than happy to go through the unique cacao accompanied menu. It's the Ideal location if you lose track of time, as London Bridge station is just round the corner.
Everything on the menu looked delicious and the dishes I chose certainly turned out to be. Also has an extensive rum menu which was appreciated. Good service.
This was a wonderful place to spend an evening sampling some unusual dishes. I mean "Choc au Vin", chocolate mash. How was that supposed to work? Fantastically well as it turned out. A great atmosphere, excellent service. Definitely one to visit if you are in the area.
Fantastic restaurant! Wide selection of great food and Rum. Love how chocolate/cacao is incorporated quite well in most dishes. Great addition to the dishes. The ambience is perfect for good evening dinner.
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