Fassbender & Rausch is the ultimate chocolate experience for lovers of fine chocolate. The main shop downstairs contains an amazing variety of top-quality chocolates of all shapes and sizes. The skill of Fassbender's choclatiers is demonstrated by several large models - the Brandenburg Gate, the Titanic and even a working volcano pumping molten chocolate - all within touching distance in the windows. As you might expect, given the pedigree and high quality of all the chocolate, none of it comes particularly cheap - but it is outstanding in every respect.
I decided to treat my wife by taking her upstairs to the wonderful cafe. The setting is informal and relaxed, offering fantastic views over the Gendarmenmarkt. There is a "proper" food menu, which I didn't try, and then there is the "chocolate" menu. The "Chocolate" menu consists of a range of hot chocolate drinks with various flavours - milk, dark, ginger, mint, orange, rum and so on - and a selection of desserts (divided into "Premium" at 5.95 euros and "Standard" at 3.95 euros), consisting of various cakes, mousses and chocolate treats. My wife had the white chocolate berry dessert (Premium) with a rum hot chocolate, while I had a creamy milk hot chocolate along with a chocolate mousse ball (Standard). The drinks were about 4.00 euros each.
For the prices paid, the food and drinks were outstanding. There is nothing at all "standard" about any of the desserts - my chocolate mousse was encased in a beautiful hard dark chocolate shell, while the thick mousse inside was made with the finest creamy milk chocolate. My drink was equally delightful, served with a thick creamy layer of evaporated milk on the top. Drinks are also served with a sample piece of single-estate chocolate (you can choose which) and a glass of water to clear your palette between mouthfuls. My wife simply adored her white chocolate dessert, and the fruit was as fresh and tasty as it could possibly be.
The total bill for the two of us came in at about 18 euros - two desserts, of a reasonable restaurant size and including one of the "Premium" selection, and two hot chocolates, with the rum chocolate being the dearest on the list. Given the location, quality and service, this is excellent value for money and makes for a fantastic experience for any Berlin visitor. It was, simply, one of the highlights of our whole holiday in the city.
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