“Forget love, I’d rather fall in chocolate!”
Can you imagine a restaurant where you can not only eat and drink chocolate, but smell its fragrant aromas, experience the different textures, feel its silky softness, taste exotic and surprising chocolate flavors and be surrounded by flowing liquid chocolate! All that in a space decorated with delicious chocolate-y colors! Sounds like a chocolate paradise, and Maya La Chocolaterie could be called just that.
The motto of Maya La Chocolaterie is “chocolate for a better world”. Maya has three branches in Riyadh; one on the end of Tahlia street, one in Hayat mall and the newest one opened on Ouroba Road at the Oasis business complex.
I’m so glad Maya opened its new branch because the restaurant on Tahlia, although excellent in food and service, lacked a nice atmosphere. Maya’s Tahlia branch is small, crowded on weekends and worst of all full of partitions, making the entire place feel suffocating. They don’t even play music there to soften up the ambiance.
Maya La Chocolaterie on Ouroba however is open and airy inside and the place is very inviting. Here you are welcomed with a cozy and laid back atmosphere and it’s not as crowded as its sister branches. As an added bonus they play groovy and soulful music matching the warm chocolate theme. You forget you’re in Riyadh once inside this little chocolate haven!
Inside the Maya restaurants they have a shop for all sorts of chocolate delicacies, pralines, truffles and cocoa. Maya is the ultimate place for a hot chocolate and a delicious dessert to go with it. It’s one of my favorite spots in Riyadh for sure.
Maya La Chocolaterie offers an extensive menu of pure chocolate indulgence. Starting from their specialty hot chocolates and signature fondues to the delicacies from the decadence boutique or the home made pastries; Maya will surely get you on a sugar and endorphin high. The only problem with eating here is the menu: it has too many tempting options to choose from and you can’t possibly eat that much chocolate on one sitting!
Maya has an interesting selection of different hot chocolates to choose from. White chocolate, dark chocolate, African, rose and orange flavors all sounded tempting. We settled on Rose and Java blend and also tried some of their coffees.
For “dessert” we had the brownie mousse which is served in a dark chocolate shell. It was easy to finish the mousse, which was light and fluffy in texture, but the chocolate cup was too much to handle! Talk about chocolate overload. The waiter recommended a Maya specialty dessert, the cardamon and milk chocolate mille Feuillee. I’ve always been a big fan of cardamom and I think it goes with lots of things but hadn’t tried it in chocolate before. This dessert reminded me of Finnish Christmas foods where we use lots of cardamon. The taste of cardamon was not overpowering and it was just a subtle touch that partnered well with the chocolate in the cake. Delicious!The chocolate feast started to make us dizzy and giggly from the sugar high. Modern science has proven that eating chocolate produces certain “love hormones” in our bodies which makes us feel happier and in a similar state of being in love. Visiting this chocolate “love clinic” released so much endorphins and serotonin it certainly kept the spirits high for a long time. It’s the perfect place for a romantic night out in Riyadh!
Branch reviewed: Ouroba Rd Oasis business complex
Value For Money:****
Kid Friendliness: ***
Romance Factor: *****