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Jul 16, 2014 06:14 PM

Help me find this chocolate shop please !

Hi everyone,
Not finding what I want in google so I hope someone can help. I recall reading a couple of months ago about a guy who used to work possibly at the chocolate lab in trump towers branching off and essentially operating as a chocolate pop up in his cousin's food shop / lunch spot somewhere in the downtown core . Any ideas what the place is called? Is it any good?

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  1. Not sure the name of the shop but the chef is david Chow. Formally of trump, rose and son, drake hotel

      Sorry for crap link. It's the Eatery on University. I went and checked it out - decent smallish selection, liked some items better than others. The shortbread was too soft, the fruit flavour not really there and it and didn't travel well although it was packaged nicely like you could gift it. Loved the passion puff which.

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      1. re: julesrules

        Thanks! This is the one I read about. Sounds like it's ok but not worth a specific trip.

        1. re: bunnylicious

          Probably not. They had more selection than I was expecting at a lunch place, but less than a chocolate shop obviously. They did have a good selection of the puffwiches with interesting flavours. If you did want to buy chocolate downtown, it's another 10 minute walk to Soma on King, so that would cover your chocolate bases.

          1. re: julesrules

            Soma is a good bet for sure. However, there is one thing that disappoints me at SOMA. While the chocolate is great and there are some innovative and very delicious truffles, they have an attractive line of fruit and nut bars that quite frankly suck! I received a gift box of 6 or so bars - almond, hazelnut, cherry, dried orange and maybe dried lemon. Anyway these are boring!! Not at all what I would expect to find at one of Toronto's best chocolate shops. It is simply chocolate slabs (bars) with 4 or 5 almonds stuck on the back, or 5 dried cherries etc. Not only is the chocolate not flavored to complement the addition, but the items are not integrated into the bar and the almond can literally just fall off. Later I was in the store and noticed how much space is given to these very ordinary bars on display. I couldn't help but think that SOMA has gotten lazy while shortsightedly relying on its golden reputation which for me is now tarnished.

            1. re: justsayn

              They've had exactly the same bars (which I like) as long as I've been going to the Distillery District store, so I don't think it's a recent situation where they're getting lazy. It's one of their core products and as far as I can tell, always has been.

              1. re: Jacquilynne

                I am a regular client (gift purchaser) at the king location and these 6 pack boxes did not exist since recently. Maybe they have always been at distillery, I take your word for it. As far as the individual bars go, two things. 1) of course it's just my opinion and some people love them. 2) The amount of space at the king street location given to these bars has grown massively.

                Points one and two are related. If they sell, they expand. But in my eyes that doesn't make them SOMA worthy.

                My main point is about the gift pack. 6 uninspired chocolate bars, all very much the same, save for 5 almonds stuck on, is taking the easy way out (mass market).

                1. re: justsayn

                  Ah, I didn't realize you were referring specifically to the gift box, rather than to the bars themselves.

                  I don't know if the gift boxes have been around long. I mostly shop at Soma for myself or for stocking stuffers. I like a variety of different things, and they're too expensive to give one person a bunch of different bars as a stocking stuffer, so I just buy individual items, never the gift sets.

                  1. re: Jacquilynne

                    I used to really like the tubes for gift giving.

      2. I go to Morocco chocolate (Yorkville) or Nadege when I am buying gifts.