Cacao 70 – Downtown Montreal

So recently I had a massive cake craving, and my friend suggested we go to Cacao70, since the last time we tried to go we were too late and they didn’t accept any more people in line. I actually thought this was nice of them, that they wouldn’t let us line up and then tell us that they were closing.

But anyway, we made it this time and while we did wait about 20 minutes, it was worth it to satisfy my craving. I have to say that where we were waiting was a little stuffy and really just not very comfortable, especially since it was raining that night.

Walking into the store, the aroma of dark chocolate wasn’t too overwhelming which was surprising. Usually at these dessert places, the smell of chocolate when you enter the store completely turns you off. So I was still in my chocolate cake mood as we were seated and given our hipster glass bottle of water.

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The setup of the store made it so that you could watch them prepare the waffles, crepes and most of the dishes. Being a student of dietetics and having seen food service kitchens, it was nice and reassuring to have a more open kitchen concept,

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They had a large display of different chocolates at the bar, and is available for purchase among other take out items. There were actually a large amount of patrons in line who wanted to take out, so that’s always an option if you don’t want to wait so long.

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Finally getting to the food, I ordered the Cacao 70’s Triple Chocolate Cake. I loved the presentation of it as it was much more refreshing than the old cake-on-a-plate. It’s also good because you get to taste all the flavours in every bite. Perhaps it was the fact that I was craving chocolate cake, or because it really was very very tasty. I absolutely loved this dish and am craving it right now as I’m typing.

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My friend ordered the New York Frozen Hot Chocolate, as she had some ice-cream before our dinner. She said it wasn’t too rich or sweet and isn’t really something for someone who has a huge sweet tooth. She had thought that the one from Second Cup tasted better than this one, as this tasted like chocolate milk mixed in with crushed ice. Perhaps there are certain items on the menu that just aren’t as good, but I have to try all of them first :D. As I’m not a huge frozen drink person, I probably won’t be ordering this the next time I’m back.

Definitely the wait was a little annoying, but if you’re with friends that you can chat about anything, you’re golden. The service was quick yet polite. They don’t rush you to finish your conversations, and are very good about refilling water. You do have to go up to the cash register to pay for your bill though. In terms of price I did think it was a little expensive, but it had satisfied my sweet tooth craving so well that I didn’t care much for it. My cake was around $10.

I love dessert places and Cacao 70 is really the atmosphere I look for when I need to satisfy that late night sweet tooth craving. They are opened until 10 or 11pm in the summertime, which is perfect. I bet the chocolate in the winter will be a real treat as well. I highly recommend this place if you and your friends are looking for a place to get some cocoa!

Service: 3.5/5
Food: 8.2/10
Atmosphere: chocolate-themed, easy
Price: $10-20

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~ kehwon

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