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[Shanghai] Hof (2)

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Hof

Add: 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] 11am-midnight [Fri-Sun] 11am-1am
Price: [cakes] 30~42 RMB [truffles] 10-13 RMB [wine] 38-55 RMB/glass
Visited: Nov 2011

Hof is old news, but its selection of chocolate desserts never fails to draw a steady crowd.

I arrived at 2pm sharp to claim my reservation, and was luckily given the innermost sofa seats.

The two of us went a little crazy and ordered 4 cakes and 3 chocolate truffles…but you can’t blame us, everything looked too alluring. And yes, we finished ’em all. Mmhmm.


We started with Walnut Fudge Brownie (40 RMB) with Vanilla Bean Gelato (add 16 RMB), and I must say that this is a serious competition against my old favorite orange chocolate mud.

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 sea salt gave extra depth to the flavors (excerpt from my previous post).

I remember liking Death by Chocolate Cake (42 RMB) on my previous visit, but though the recipe hasn’t changed, somehow it tasted a bit too strongly of alcohol this time.

I was already on a sugar high by the time I reached Signature Marble Cheese Cake (40 RMB), but managed to taste a few bites of this. A great choice for those who want a break from chocolates (but why come to Hof if not for its chocolate desserts?)

Out of curiosity, we each ordered a Iced Lychee Martini White Chocolate Truffle (10 RMB). Pop it in the mouth and out bursts a shot of lychee martini, followed by the creaminess of white chocolate. A fun and exciting bite, though I still prefer Hof’s dark chocolate truffles – both 72% Venezuela (13 RMB) and Osmanthus Flower Truffle (13 RMB) are excellent choices.

We finished with a glass of Tokaji, my new found love. I later learned that this Hungarian dessert wine, with its notes of apricot and caramel, goes really well with dark chocolates.

Hof is delightful as usual. The down side is that it’s always crowded on weekends, so you might want to try their more spacious Lujiazui location (open Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday). If you still prefer the original Sinan Lu location (like I do), be sure to make a reservation and arrive on time.

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November 26th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

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  2. i discovered here that the orange chocolate caramel sea salt cake have been elected as best western dessert in shanghai and it truly deserves it.

    My first time at HOF a few month ago makes me order this piece of paradise…and wow….

    Try to head back there on sunday but HOF was full. Anyway, love this cake and love the pictures of it here which makes you miss it

    Even some month spent…but i still can’t forget this taste. A must try i would say.

    I am looking forward to try the brownie next time

    Julianinhio

    29 Feb 12 at 9:50 PM

  3. […] brownie (25 RMB). The decadent combination of salt, caramel, and chocolate reminded me of Hof‘s chocolate orange mud (one of my favorite chocolate treats in this city), except the texture […]

  4. […] 停不下來了,只好再來一塊海鹽奶油布朗尼 (25元)。海鹽,焦糖,和巧克力的組合讓我想起了Hof的橙香巧克力泥 (我很喜歡的一個巧克力甜點),不過Awfully Chocolate的布朗尼口感要厚實許多,而且鹹味更加明顯。連拍照都還來不及就先吃了幾口…真的很不錯!口味很濃,適合搭配咖啡或茶。 […]

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