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[SHANGHAI] Hof

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Hof

Address: 30 Sinan Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu 思南路30号, 近淮海中路
Tel: 6093 2058 / 6093 2052
Hours: [Tue-Thu] 11:00am – midnight, [Fri]-[Sun] 11:00am-1:00am
Price: [Cakes] ~35 RMB, [Truffles] 8-11 RMB, [Wine] 35-60 RMB/glass, [Cocktail] 55-88 RMB

Chocolate. Chocolate mud cake. Orange chocolate mud cake. Orange chocolate mud cake with caramel. Orange chocolate mud cake with caramel and sea salt. Stop. This is it. This is THE ultimate combination you are looking for, and you can find it at Hof, a classy boutique dessert and cocktail lounge on Sinan Lu.

The exterior

A classy interior with a definite lounge vibe

But let’s back up and take a bird’s eye view of what Hof offers. First, the desserts, which are grouped into several categories: “Chocolate Temptations”, “Simplicity” (e.g. home-made yogurt with yuzu honey, rose-honey panna cotta with kumquat compote), and “Iced Treats, Gelato, & Sorbet”.

The showcase

Of course there are chocolate truffles, which always garner easy ohhs and ahhs. At Hof, the most popular would be the original flavor – 72% Venezuela truffle, but try some of the more exotic creations like osmanthus, jasmine, or iced lychee martini white chocolate truffle. All soft and smooth, and each striking a high note on the different imbued flavors.

72% Venezuela truffle

Most people come here for desserts, but there are also light sandwiches, pizza, and of course cocktails.

Pizza and other light fare available

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the orange chocolate mud cake with caramel and sea salt. Dense chocolate cake, buttery caramel glaze, orange confit, and a sprinkle of sea salt. Each element is a little bit of joy on its own, and together they make an absolutely irresistible combination. The cake is so rich that it actually does have a mud-like texture, while the sliced orange confit and sea salt gave extra depth to the flavors.

Moist Orange Chocolate Mud w/ Caramel, Sea Salt, 35 RMB

Back: Death by Chocolate Cake, 35 RMB
Front: Chocolate & Caramel Mousse Cake, 36 RMB

I thought chocolate & caramel mouse cake was boring in terms of texture, but liked the flavor and crunch of death by chocolate.


To avoid the wait, come at odd hours or make a reservation (on weekends, they only take reservations before 3:00pm 2:00pm). Or, you can check out other ventures by Brian Tan – House of Flour, C by House of Flour, and the newly opened Hof in Pudong DBS Tower. By the way, Hof cupcakes can be custom-ordered for special occasions at 12~15RMB/piece.

Click here for an updated review on Hof.

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  1. Hey hon, lovely to meet you last night. You have one fabulous food blog, love the photography!

    Beverly

    19 Nov 10 at 8:13 AM

  2. It was so nice meeting you too! I’m glad we discovered it each other, I’ll be looking at your blog for sources of inspiration on where to eat.

    And sorry, again (!!!) for the water spill..

    itsateaparty

    19 Nov 10 at 8:19 AM

  3. […] Here’s Hof’s popular Moist Orange Chocolate Mud with Caramel and Sea Salt (36 RMB), rated as the number 1 Western dessert in Shanghai by CNNGo. Dense chocolate cake, buttery caramel glaze, orange confit, and a sprinkle of sea salt. Each element is a little bit of joy on its own, and together they make an absolutely irresistible combination. The cake is so rich that it actually does have a mud-like texture, while the sliced orange confit and sea salt gave extra depth to the flavors (excerpt from my previous post). […]

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