Celeste’s Boutique, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon – A sinful experience

Silver Tray & German Silver Lamp

A sinful experience was on the cards when I was invited to bloggers meet at Celeste Chocolate. I have a sweet tooth and hence was looking forward for this meet and who wouldn’t. As it was Saturday noon, I reached at their Ambience Mall Gurgaon boutique on time. Celeste is an artisan chocolate boutique with a legacy of one and a half a decade started by Ms. Nidhi Bhagaria. With four boutiques in Delhi NCR and fifth one starting in a couple of months, Diliwalas will surely love to indulge in sinful pleasures.

Located on first floor at Ambience Mall Gurgaon, the boutique is beautifully decorated with Victorian era props. It gives a warm and cozy feeling, perfectly suitable for a chocolate boutique. The shelves are packed with various gift packs which gives an impression that chocolate gifting has taken off in India and people are appreciating the finesse and artistry.

So coming to the real stuff. I tasted all the available variants. They were amazing, delicious and aromatic. One could feel the real chocolate. I was informed thjat they hand-picked cocoa beans required for various flavors and the raw chocolate is prepared at their Wazipur factory. With over 150 variants in 9 flavors, they surely have something to suit every palate. The variants are inspired from the top chocolate destinations in the world like Belgium, France, Switzerland and the USA.

Celeste Chocolates is more into custom gifting/orders and one can make out from the intresting gift-pack donning the shelves. They also do High-Tea menus and are also getting into confectionery. Nidhi shared with us samples of Chocolate Brownies, Walnut Brownies, Caramel Brownie, Baklava, Puffs, Flavored Nuts, Spinach Corn sandwich, Biscottini. I loved their caramel brownie. It was brilliant. It was interesting to know that they prepare 20 varieties of flavored nuts. They take orders for 1000 kg of chocolates every day, which definet;y means that they have a good client base.
Jute Box with dates and chocolates rapped with silk and jute.

I was awed with all the delicious and interesting tuff around and of course details around the chocolates and the preparation. While I was enjoying, Nidhi announced  that she will give live demonstration for preparing choclates. I was pumped up to see the master at work. She melted the chocolate bars and took out the raisins fermented in rum and some almonds. She dipped them in the melted chocolate, made the balls from it and put it on the tray for freezing. After some time, she asked everyone to taste them. I loved the almond rock and rum-and-raisin balls. It was simply brilliant.
With such sweet memories and a photo-op with Nidhi, I left the boutique with a promise to be back.

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I am an adventurer, dreamer, marketer, musically inclined, traveler and foodie to the core. I believe food is one of the greatest gift from GOD. I have always believed in that theory and have been trying to improve my dining experience. I am learning to appreciate various tastes, and expanding my horizon. For me, a great dining experience will be something where the serving challenges the conventional taste and stamps its authority. Be it a lavish spread of a five star hotel or a plate from a road-side shanty, my taste buds should be able to experience every single ingredient in the serving and the heart should always allure for it.

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