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Chuao at the Irvine Spectrum

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  • mike g. Nov 10, 2005 04:46 PM
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I stopped in at Chuao for a mocha at lunch.

I think these guys have the best mocha around. This is one of the most intense versions I've tried - unlike many including the Valentino Chocolate place at The Spectrum, you really taste the richness of the chocolate, there's no skimping on the good stuff.

I got their signature traditional mocha, as opposed to the aztec/mexican chocolate version I'd tried previously. I think I favor the traditional version most, for the simple reason that it's more of a pure chocolate experience !

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  1. Oh my God. I agree with you. I tried the white chocolate mocha drink and it is probably the best I have ever tasted. I'm going back to try the dark chocolate drinks. Unfortunately, the Irvine location doesn't seem to be doing so well. I went on a weekday but there was only one customer there. I tried a couple of chocolates and they are very unique. But I'm not a big hard chocolate fanatic.

    If anyone is a mocha drink fanatic and in OC, you owe it to yourself to atleast try it once. If anyone can find a mocha drink that can compare in OC or even LA, I'd like to know.

    1. I don't know but I think maybe the OC Spectrum crowd is not "ready" for a place like Chuao. Whenever we go (admittedly, not often enough), we're generally the only ones there or maybe there's one or two others there. Well I'll try to do my part !

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      1. re: mikester

        It doesn't help that it's out in the "boonies" part of the Spectrum near the former Robinsons-May and the Ferris wheel...

      2. Yes, I do think it's an awful location. It also doesn't help that there seems to be a number of other chocolate/dessert places surround the plaza in that location of the Irvine Spectrum.
        I think the spectrum crowd is also too young.

        I don't expect it to survive there much longer, but I hope they can stay in OC.

        1. Okay. I said the ice-blendeds were the best I've had. I was wrong. It was actually the chocolate frappes that were excellent. The ice-blendeds were a little too watery.