When I received a message from Jamie of Cocoa Ooze, inviting me to his newly opened Chocolate Themed Bistro, I naturally only had one answer. This was partly due to the fact that it was going to involve chocolate in every dish (natch!) but it also meant spending a bit of time in Jamie’s company again. If you’ve ever been fortunate to meet Jamie, you’ll know what I mean!
To give you a bit of a background, Jamie started creating chocolates in his family home when he was 17, now just 8 years later he’s a force to be reckoned with! His passion and drive (and his ridiculously infectious positive attitude) is quite something, winning countless awards and an ever-growing list of corporate clients, it’s fantastic to have watched him and his business grow.
Anyway, I’d better get on to telling you about the menu! I headed along to the Bistro, where I met the lovely ladies from Lost in Food for a long overdue catch up. Where the next few hours went, I’ve no idea but we ate well and laughed lots (always a good sign of grand night out!). After arriving, Jamie explained the menu to us, giving detail of how items were sourced locally.
After a great amount of decision making, we agreed to all order something different for each course so we could all try each other’s. For starters I chose the Plum Tomato Tart Tatin with Chilli and Chocolate Jam. The tart was a beautiful mix of sweetness from the tomatoes and savouriness of the tart and the jam was just incredible! Full of flavour with a lovely heat from the chilli.
Onwards to the main, where I chose the Falafel Burger, Tomato Salsa, Vegan Mayo and a Puy Lentil Chilli Chocolate Taco. The whole dish, while looking truly beautiful, tasted incredible. Everything came together perfectly and I, like my friends, cleared my plate with gusto.
The greatest decision came when we had to choose a dessert each. I would have happily eaten all/any of them! Eventually I plumped for the Dark Chocolate Tart, Cherry Compote and Toasted Almond Ice Cream…. Oh my… What a perfect ending to a perfect meal. As I’m the only lover of cherries in my family, I always jump at the chance if I see it on a menu, and this didn’t disappoint!
What impressed me the most about the whole menu was the imagination that has gone into each dish. To be Scotland’s first Chocolate Themed Bistro could have easily led to chocolate just being shoe-horned in for the sake of it, but by chatting to Jamie you soon realised the care that’s been taken. The menu can also altered to cater anyone following a gluten-free or dairy free diet. You can check out their current menu below:
It was safe to say we’d all eaten very well, and I would like to say a huge thank you to Jamie and his very talented staff for a very memorable meal and I can’t wait to return!
Cocoa Ooze Bistro is open from 5pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. You can also check out their coffee shop during the day and Sundays too!
I was invited to dine at the Bistro by Jamie, all opinions given are my own.
Melanie, Food Adventurer