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Chocolate-covered everything

Stop what you’re doing! Dina Maaty has some of the most gooey, chocolatey dishes you need to try. And she’s not holding back…

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Have you ever heard of anyone who doesn’t love chocolate? Well, we haven’t. The sugary confection makes for amazing desserts and is even used in some savoury dishes for softer flavour undertones. Ready for an all-out chocolate journey? We hope so…

Cannolo Siciliano at Vicolo

Crisp pastry filled with ricotta, candied fruits and chocolate is the way Italians express their love of the sweet stuff. Sounds good to us…
Dhs25. Building 4, d3, Ras Al Khor Road, Dubai (04 557 3211).

Chinese 5-spice fondant at YUAN

We all know fondant, but Chinese five-spice fondant? Sounds like something you’ve just got to try. YUAN’s chocolate fondant is made with five different spices, ice cream and butternut squash macadamia. What a treat!
Dhs65. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai (04 426 2626).

Chocoba at Reem Al Bawadi
A Middle Eastern chocolate treat? This one is hazelnut and chocolate spread on a savoury pastry, topped with banana, strawberries and pistachio. It makes for a yum semi-pizza.
Dhs21. Various locations including Marina Walk, Dubai Marina (04 452 2525) and First floor, Dalma Mall, Abu Dhabi (02 446 3020).

Chocolate Extravaganza at Bord Eau

An absolute must! This chocolate sphere is made from the best blended Valrhona chocolate, along with top seasonal ingredients. The chef pours a hot chocolate sauce on top to melt the sphere, right in front of you.
Dhs45. Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi (02 509 8555).

Chocolate fondant at Butcha Steakhouse & Grill

Eat rich chocolate fondant in a steakhouse? Yes you can, and it’s fantastic. Butcha’s cake has a soft sponge exterior filled with gooey, lava-like, melted chocolate, and is topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The perfect sweet ending to a delectable meal.
Dhs48. Various locations including The Piazza, The Beach, opposite JBR, Dubai (04 553 0684).

Chocolate fondant at The Chef’s Palette
This one comes from Michelin star chef-trained Romain Van Durmen, who teaches diners how to cook this super-indulgent dessert in classes at his cooking studio, The Chef’s Palette. It’s a delicious pudding with a molten chocolate centre. Best served with ice cream.
Classes from Dhs195 per person. Up to two sessions per day. Call for times. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai (04 457 3457).

Chocolate sarnies and more at Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory
A candy factory without chocolate? Never! There are so many treats we love at Fuzziwig’s. From the Dhs17 sea salt caramels and Dhs16 Nutella Lotus sandwiches to the Dhs11 Oreo truffles and Dhs17 chocolate almond clusters, we can’t think of a better way to do sweet treats justice.
Various locations including JBR, Dubai (04 554 1151).

Chocolate soufflé at Vasco’s

This soufflé is baked for 15 minutes with Ivory Coast cocoa (only the best) and is served with berry coulis, vanilla ice cream and forest fruit compote. And it’s an absolute treat.
Dhs55. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi (02 692 4247).

Chocobon Classic at Cinnabon
Chocolate and cinnamon go well together and Cinnabon’s Chocobon Classic is all about a full-bodied, sweet chocolate flavour. It’s frosted with cream cheese and drizzled with Ghirardelli chocolate sauce, too.
Dhs17. Various locations including Building 7, Dubai Media City (600 522273) and Marina Mall, Al Marina, Abu Dhabi. (02 658 7718).

Cocoa crust Beef tenderloin at Cocoa Kitchen

You might think chocolate is only good for dessert, but it’s so much more than an after-dinner treat. This chocolate-themed restaurant has decided to add it to steak, and the result is the cocoa crust beef tenderloin. The dish is complemented by ingredients including rosemary, garlic, thyme and carrots and comes with 30 grams of Cuban origin 75 percent dark chocolate, 50 grams of 35 percent white chocolate and 30 grams of cocoa nibs. Lush!
Dhs110. City Walk, Al Safa Street, Dubai (04 343 2506).

Flourless chocolate cake at Skye & Walker

The definition of “treat yourself”, this dessert is perfect for gluten-free chocolate-lovers. And it’s served with gelato and caramel sauce for extra oomph.
Dhs38. Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek, Deira, Dubai (04 213 1000).

Hershey’s chocolate samosa at Roti Rollers

This is a delicious twist to the traditional Indian favourite. Roti Rollers has put a spin on the classic samosa by filling it with rich, gooey Hershey’s chocolate. And it works as the perfect after-meal treat.
Dhs10 (one piece), Dhs25 (three pieces). Various locations including Dar Wasl Mall, Jumeirah, Dubai (04 345 0761).

Hershey’s pancakes and S’mores shake at Mighty Quinn’s

You can expect to see familiar dishes such as beef brisket and crispy chicken on the menu of this barbecue restaurant, but it’s the desserts that got us daydreaming. The Hershey’s Pancakes at Dhs39 are fluffy, American pancakes served warm and drizzled with rich chocolate sauce, topped with chocolate chips and bits of everyone’s favourite Hershey’s chocolate, complemented by fresh strawberries and blueberries. The S’mores Shake at Dhs35 is a unique interpretation of every child’s favourite sweet treat and combines the flavours of toasted marshmallows and creamy chocolate. Topped with a generous swirl of whipped cream, crackers, a rolled chocolate wafer, and more toasted marshmallows, your little one is going to love diving into this shake.
Dhs39 (Hershey’s pancakes), Dhs35 (S’mores shake). Various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 341 7158).

Hot chocolate at Homestead Restaurant & Bakery
If you’re looking to find the city’s richest, most comforting hot chocolate, we’ve found one for you that tastes just like grandma used to make. Order a cup and you’ll know what we mean.
Dhs37. Homestead Restaurant and Bakery, The Yard, Al Khawaneej Street, Near Last Exit D89, Dubai (054 582 3547).

Molten chocolate sphere at The Exchange Grill

This makes for an impressive dessert. A globe of golden chocolate acts as a nest encasing a soft flour, butter and sugar streusel cacao, surrounded by praline feuilletine – crispy, thin shards of sugar. A hot cinnamon and chocolate sauce is poured on top to melt the sphere, and the ingredients all blend together to reveal something even tastier. It’s a surprise!
Dhs47. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).

Morelli’s Bacio, Bella Nutella, and La Dolce Vita at Morelli’s Gelato
Chocolate is the best way to complement a good frozen treat. What about three of them? Morelli’s Bacio is made of chocolate, hazelnut, and soft vanilla gelato, and is served with a chocolate truffle. Or go for the Bella Nutella – soft vanilla, Nutella and banana gelato, served with the fresh fruit and a sprinkling of Italian Piemonte hazelnuts. And then there’s La Dolce Vita. It’s a mix of chocolate, strawberry and soft vanilla gelato, served with chocolate-dipped strawberries. Live the sweet life, we say.
Dhs37 (Morelli’s Bacio), Dhs47 (Bella Nutella), (Dhs36 La Dolce Vita). Various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9053).

Oreo and Nutella cheesecake at Big Chefs

Cheesecake is one of the oldest and most-loved desserts. Big Chefs has recreated the popular treat by introducing a perfect blend of crushed Oreo cookies and Nutella, offering the ultimate mix between two popular flavours, served with vanilla ice cream on the side.
Dhs44. The Piazza, The Beach, opposite JBR, Dubai (04 551 5302).

Palace Cake at Le Café
The chefs at Le Café claim that this one is the most decadent chocolate cake in Abu Dhabi. It’s prepared with 70 percent cacao and starts with chocolate praline on the bottom, followed by a layer of chocolate biscuit, and then mousse and jelly. It’s topped with a rich – yep, you guessed it – chocolate glaze. Flakes of 24-karat gold and chocolate curlicues are placed on top as garnish. Well, you are in the Palace, after all…
Dhs45. Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi (02 690 9000).

Petit Gateur au Chocolat (Chocolate Nutella Cake) at Maison de Juliette

A dish that’s part of Maison de Juliette’s extensive kids’ menu, the Petit Gateur au Chocolat is a rich chocolate cake made with Nutella and comes with mini marshmallows scattered on the side. It’s perfect for the little ones (and yes, you too).
Dhs15. La Mer North, Jumeirah 1, Dubai (04 385 5532).

Rocky road chocolate freak shake and chocolate fondant at Seafire
There are two desserts at Seafire that we’ve got our eye on – and they doesn’t get much better than these. The rocky road chocolate freak shake is the ultimate in indulgence, and then there’s the fondant, filled with the sweet stuff in molten form, with toasted marshmallow, and vanilla ice cream on the side. What’s not to love?
Dhs70 (rocky road chocolate freak shake), Dhs55 (chocolate fondant). Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai (04 426 2626).

Sacher cake at Millennium Lounge, The Meydan Hotel
Made from butter, sugar, melted chocolate, cocoa powder, baking powder, raspberry jam, and ganache… It’s basically a dream. You’ll just have to try it to believe it.
Dhs30. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai (04 381 3333).

S’mores hot chocolate at Backyard

Evenings at Backyard are incomplete without a s’mores hot chocolate. A super treat for the kids (and kids at heart), this is as rich as it gets, with torched marshmallows on top.
Dhs34. Various locations including La Mer North, Jumeirah 1, Dubai (04 399 9128).

Vintage chocolate delice at Al Forsan
A vintage chocolate dessert, this one has a strawberry-like texture and features arather unexpected ingredient – basil – in addition to vanilla ice cream. Intriguing, but absolutely delicious. Promise!
Dhs75. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Al Qudra Road, opposite Endurance City, Dubai (04 809 6100).

White chocolate parfait at Bread Street Kitchen
White chocolate has a much sweeter, more candy-like taste, and we equally love it. This yum parfait comes with peanut butter ice cream and raspberry jam for an extra dose of sugar.
Dhs50. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah Dubai (04 426 2626).


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