[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ant London’s best hot chocolate? Come here, to Said Dal 1923 in Soho. Walking through these doors is like walking into a chocolate scented hug and is quickly becoming my favourite place to go for dessert, coffee and of course, something chocolatey. There is thick chocolate churning ready to drink, handmade truffles along the counter, chocolate moulds covering the walls, and huge jars of homemade gianduiotti – that’s hazelnut chocolate spread to you and me. If you’re lucky enough, you can snag the best spot by the fireplace. A fireplace! In Soho!
I have a group of girlfriends that I’ve known since our days as TV runners many many moons ago, and even though it’s been a long time since our time churning out endless cups of tea and toast to grumpy editors, we try to meet up once a month over dinner. The past couple of dinner dates have always ended in here- and I love it.
The salted caramel and chocolate tart is pretty insane- oozy salted caramel sandwiched between chocolate and a biscuity base…I mean, that is exactly the right kind of wrong.
To my delight, they also had chocolate covered strawberries- one plate is enough to share between two, and it’s a testament to my love for my friends that I was happy to share it! You can choose to have them dipped in either milk, dark or white chocolate, but if you can’t decide they will happily dip them in all three so you don’t miss out. They were lovely- even better than the fancy Godiva ones I’ve had in the past.
There are antique chocolate moulds everywhere and every time I leave, I have a hankering to bunk down in my kitchen to make some sweet treats- preferably with all of the chocolate.
To be honest, I’m surprised this place wasn’t on the Italian trail for The London Restaurant Festival– its Italian run and there is a mothership branch in Rome. The hot chocolate is thick and decadent and no word of a lie…probably the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had…
You can find Said Dal down Broadwick Street- be sure to go on a particularly cold and blustery day 😉
A place like this makes winter feel worthwhile.
Said Dal 1923
41 Broadwick Street