I had heard of Mink Chocolate Cafe when it first opened but due to its location at Hastings and Hornby, it was just too far for me to give it any consideration. I finished lunch early one day and Harpreet convinced me that we had enough time to go to Mink for some hot chocolate. Evidently, it was one of his favourite hot chocolate places and since he’s a bit of a connoisseur, I figured it was time for me to pay Mink a visit and see for myself what the fuss was all about.
Mink Chocolate Cafe not only serves drinks, pastries, and fondue, but it also has a selection of chocolates and other delectable desserts.
I didn’t have a chance to try the chocolates this time around but it’s definitely on my list of things to eat. There were so many different varieties of chocolate that it will take you a while just to decide on what you want.
And finally, on to the hot chocolate. Harpreet chose his usual of milk hot chocolate (38% cacao) whereas I chose to have the 70% cacao hot chocolate. Although I enjoyed the initial flavour of my hot chocolate, it had an odd aftertaste, almost akin to powdered hot chocolate. Harpreet noted that his 38% cacao version did not have a weird aftertaste so I wonder if I was the victim of a poorly made hot chocolate. For the price that I paid (almost $5), I did not feel it was worth the money. However, due to all the rave reviews I’ve been hearing about this place, I wouldn’t mind giving it a second chance.
I should note that the little piece of dark chocolate that came with my hot chocolate was very tasty. It had a rich dark chocolate flavour to it, just the way I like it. The next time I’m back, I’d like to try the chocolate fondue in addition to giving the hot chocolate a second chance.
863 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Food: [rating: 2.5]