Few days ago I had an invited dinner at Schokolart, a restaurant and lounge specializing in hand-made Swiss chocolate and chocolate inspired cuisines. Now who would say no to chocolate, lol. Like a popular quote goes, “9 out of 10 people like chocolate. The 10th person always lies”. Even the restaurant’s unique and catchy name, Schokolart is spelled to to sound like chocolate with an emphasis on the word ‘art’.
After being briefed on the food Schokolart‘s menu had to offer, we started off with two drinks that came highly recommended. The drink in front is Chocolate Almond Kiss, a concoction of Frangelico (a hazelnut and herb-flavoured liqueur), Chocolate Ice Cream and Vodka @ RM28. Even though I am not a drinker, I found the taste somewhat resembling Bailey’s Irish Cream (the only liqueur I have ever had) but more chocolatey.
The other drink we had was Schokolart’s signature shake – Soulmates @ RM16.90. Soulmates is prepared by blending dark chocolate ice-cream together with peanut butter then topped with whipped cream. I liked this chocolatey and peanut buttery drink a lot because it was sweet and had a right consistency. To differentiate the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks in Schokolart is simple, those that come in hurricane glasses are alcohol free.
Pumpkin Dreams @ RM9.90 was another recommended dish, basically pumpkin soup topped with melted cheese and served with herb croutons. The soup was smooth and thick and tasted great, just like how a good soup should be. Some grated ginger was also present in the soup, giving a hint of spiciness and warm feeling to your stomach.
Next was our main course – De La Mer, a dish consisting of pan fried salmon fillet and Swiss Roesti served with special Hollandaise-wasabi sauce. In this dish alone there were two new things to me: Roesti and Hollandaise sauce. An explanation ensued and it seems that Roesti is potato pancake and is considered as a national dish in Switzerland. Hollandaise sauce on the other hand is a French sauce made using butter, egg and lemon juice that is usually served on asparagus (where the salmon fillets are sitting on).
In my opinion this dish is very worth the price tag it carried @ RM24.90. Just look at the huge salmon fillets alone, need I say more? lol.
Another Swiss Roesti dish we had was Baseler, which was a huge serving of Roesti pan fried with fried onion rings @ RM12.90. For this dish, three types of German sausage (Hot Jalapeno, Cream and Cheese and Chopped Onion and Chives) can be chosen as an accompaniment. Of course, this is totally optional @ RM5.50 per sausage ordered.
Truth be told, I enjoyed the German sausage more compared to Roesti because it was packed with flavor and oozed cheese in the middle. I guess I am more of a meat lover lol.
Expect to find a lot of unique chocolate inspired dishes at Schokolart, like lamb with chocolate sauce and this dark bittersweet chocolate marinated chicken satay. Looking at this, I have to say Schokolart is very daring in creating their very own signature dishes especially when it involves Satay – a dish so popular in Malaysia it can be considered a national dish. So, the recipe had to be darn good to be able to impress someone like me who have tasted some of the best Malaysia satays. Schokolart’s Satay is priced at RM20.90 for 5 sticks.
Taste wise, it didn’t disappoint but it sure felt weird having satay marinated with dark chocolate, I am not gonna lie here. After all, all of us grew up eating roadside satay stalls. To really feel the chocolate taste, you shouldn’t dip too much of the sweet satay sauce because the sweetness will override the chocolate flavor. By the way that was the first time I tasted meat cooked with chocolate, simply unforgettable.
We concluded our meal with two cups of hot chocolate made with imported Swiss chocolate, like Tealicious Choc – Earl Grey Tea infused with hot chocolate @ RM13 and La Esmeralda – a Mexican hot chocolate spiced with chili powder and frothed with cinnamon syrup @ RM13. Both drinks are very chocolatey especially La Esmeralda, which left a slight throat-stinging aftertaste from the chili powder.
Delicate chocolates and tempting looking cakes front Schokolart, created by multi award winning chocolate and pasty chef – Matthias.
And some mini version of it
The dining area where you can enjoy an clear, unblocked view of the Petronas Twin Towers. Very nice. If you’re a chocolate lover Schokolart’s the place to go to indulge in Superior quality of fine hand-made Swiss Chocolates, pure chocolate beverages, chocolate cakes and desserts. For those who have a chocolate loving friends, the haute couture (specifically made to order) selection of chocolates and cakes packed in special designer gift-box make great gifts for occasions like birthday and Valentine’s day. As Schokolart’s tagline goes, it is for all those chocoholics who are “For Love, Live & Chocolates“.
Schokolart (for Love, Life & Chocolates) – opposite Tenji
Block K-01-05, SohoKL @ Solaris Mont Kiara,
2 Jalan Solaris, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6203 0968, Fax: 03-6203 0700
Schokolart is pork free and uses ingredients only from Halal suppliers.