Review: Belgische Chocolatier @ 163 Retail Park, Mont Kiara

Sunday, September 22, 2019


I have always been a chocolate fan, but I will admit that I know very little about chocolate. As far as I was concerned, all I needed to know was whether it tasted good. With that said, over the years, I’ve had some incredible chocolate from different places, manufactured by different brands. Swiss chocolate is one of my favourites for its creaminess but Belgian chocolate is a very close second due to the richness of flavour in the chocolate. Thinking of chocolate gets me so excited, I’m honestly tempted to take a certification in chocolate tasting! Well, I’ll add it to the bucket list!


Recently, I had the sheer pleasure of reviewing the offerings at Belgische Chocolatier, a new chocolate desserts store at 163 Retail Park @ Mont Kiara. Joining the likes of the many chocolate eateries Malaysia has seen pop up in recent years like dip’n’dip as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Belgische Chocolatier sets itself apart by more than its name.

Quality of Chocolate
They pride themselves in only using Callebaut chocolate, a Belgian chocolate brand with a long and distinguished history. Ahem, let’s get into the chocolate lesson.


So Callebaut is a Belgian couverture chocolate brand, which is chocolate with a high cocoa butter content. This makes it particularly creamy to melt and keeps the flavour consistent even when used in a variety of desserts, and whether solid or melted.
The store is so cute

The store is designed to be particularly accommodating to parties, events and workshops. With natural sunlight streaming through, adorable ‘chocolate splashes’ against the walls and ceilings, as well as plenty of seating all around, it’s a great place for an after meal dessert.
Tell me about the food..

Three words.


Best.

Churros.


Ever.

And I don’t say this lightly. I’ve been to Spain. I’ve been to America. And I’ve had churros in both those countries, countries where churros are meant to be amazing. But I found that the ones I had in Belgische was the absolute best I’ve ever had. Crispy and fluffy, perfectly flavoured and not too dense, they went incredibly well with the chocolate, and on their own as well. I am desperately keen for someone else to go and try this dish – just to see if I’m imagining things! The churros were topped with a light dusting of sugar and cinnamon but feel free to ask them to hold on the extra coatings and have it plain with just chocolate to taste it as it is. (Celine, I'm looking at you!) 


We had their Brownie Crepe as well, a delightful combination of crispy brownie, soft crepe and delicious chocolate that left us longing for an encore. 


I’ve always been a fan of fettucine crepe, and the one here comes with chocolate AND ice cream, the perfect mix for when you’re craving the depth of chocolate, but the refreshing cool of icecream. The crepe at Belgische is flavourful and soft, which I think is a testament to their recipe which apparently took months to perfect. It left me wondering if I could permanently opt for crepe to fulfil my daily carb needs.


Their walnut brownie wasn’t a winner for me, because the brownie was crispy and more biscuit like. I know many of the other reviewers were big fans of this because a crispy brownie plus creamy chocolate & ice cream is apparently a stellar combination, but I’ve always been one to prefer fudgy, gooey, mud-like brownies and didn’t have any more of this. 



However, what I looked for, I found in their chocolate lava cake, a gooey, decadent offering of chocolate, more chocolate and premium vanilla ice cream (though you may opt for other ice cream flavours too!).


If you wanted your food served with some drama, their sizzling brownie delivered that in spades, with a brownie that came out more moist than the walnut one. It was a spectacular visual and audio show of sizzling chocolate against hot pan, creamy ice cream and a hot, yummy brownie.


They gave us a variety of special things to try, less common than other places. The Krispy Bowl was an incredible treat of rice krispies and hot rich chocolate, leaving me wishing my childhood breakfasts started out this sweet.

And finally, if you’ve ever wished you had molten chocolate to drink, allow me to introduce the Three Musketeers. Dumas would've never imagined his work materialising into three shot glasses of milk chocolate, white chocolate and dark chocolate, meant for drinking, and completely, absolutely, ridiculously sinful. Of course, you could always order this as a side for that extra dash of chocolate on anything else you’ve ordered (such as the churros) but I’m sure some chocoholics would find nothing better than to down this in a go.


Their menu has so much more to offer. Their triple heart doughnut was an absolute hit with the other girls, but I was feeling too stuffed that I didn’t manage to try it. Their chocolate sushi crepe was also another popular dish, with every bite melding multiple textures and flavours together – something I also did not manage to try.


They serve coffee and other drinks from chai lattes to hojicha so if you’re not there for the chocolate, rest assured, you’ll find something else to enjoy as well!

You should try it if..

·       You love chocolate

·       You’re looking for a dessert place that’s chill and not too expensive

·       You want to try the best churros ever

·       You’re an adventurous dessert hunter and want a twist on the regular chocolate desserts (sushi perhaps?)

·       You’re in a large group of friends and want to share dessert

·       You want to try Callebaut Belgian chocolate

·       You're already at Kiara 163 and.. might as well! 

Minding Money Tips
As usual, my food reviews come with some tips on how you can get the best out of a restaurant. If you’re a student, you’re entitled to a 10% discount at every visit! Just flash your student card and you’re immediately entitled to that discount. If you want to get in touch for a party (graduation event? birthday celebration for kids? launch event?), you could get 30% off!  



With some of my friends - Sylvia, Ashley and Joanne

Thank you to Belgische Chocolatier for the food and the hospitality, and thank you to The Butterfly Project for securing the review opportunity.


Address1F-16, 163 Retail Park, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
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