Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more
We were strolling through the back streets of Porto when I saw the sign – O Melhor Bolo de Chocolate do Mundo. I did a double take. The best chocolate cake in the world? Now this I had to try.
The cafe was tiny, and, as far as I could tell, only served a handful of pastries. However, the chocolate cake was the main draw by far. It was the day before Christmas and the shop was busy with a steady stream of customers who wanted to take the delicacy home, sometimes by the dozen. Nevertheless, the waitress was friendly enough as she patiently explained the choices – the traditional cake with 53% cocoa, or the bittersweet version with 70% cocoa.
Almost at the point of salivating, we placed our order, then retreated to a tiny table in the back. Before too long, our slice arrived. The first bite confirmed that the cake met our already astronomically high expectations. It was decadently rich; layers of meringue and chocolate mousse were topped with a ganache frosting that spilled lazily over the sides of the cake. It’s definitely one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve had, and well deserving of its extravagant name.
Originally created by Chef Carlos Braz Lopez in Lisbon, this gem has spread around the world, with branches in Brazil, Spain, America, and most recently, Australia. Just look for the logo above for a mouth-watering treat.
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