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From the people behind Hotel Chocolat, this cocoa-centric restaurant is inspired by the company’s own Saint Lucian cacao plantation, Rabot Estate, in more than just name. While the downstairs blends bar, café and gift shop, upstairs is a full-on restaurant tricked out with wood panels, scuffed tables and an industrial concrete ceiling. The confident menu tells its own story: a refreshing ‘sea tartare’ is dressed with creamy, citrusy cacao pulp; silky white chocolate mash accompanies roast saddle of rabbit wrapped in salty bacon; cacao nibs replace breadcrumbs for a crisp Scotch egg, and chocolate-laced red wine jus is a rich, earthy match for beef. Desserts allow more conventional chocolate flavours to shine through, with support from a pokey selection of Saint Lucian rums. Finally, slick service seals the deal in a restaurant that manages to be novel, but not a novelty.

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  1. everal months ago in early December, Pete and I had a lovely lunch at Rabot 1745, Hotel Chocolat’s newly-opened restaurant in the heart of Borough Market. More recently, we returned for breakfast, before a shopping expedition around the market.

    My initial worries about the gimmicky nature of a themed restaurant were quickly assuaged. As we flicked through the lunch and dinner menu, it became clear that Rabot 1745’s “cocoa-centric” menu makes use of a wide range of elements derived from pod and bean – subtle cocoa accents are added via crunchy cocoa nibs, the fruity flesh of the cocoa pod, infused oils and vinegars, and only occasionally, actual chocolate.

    Located in the heart of Borough Market, Rabot 1745 brings to Londoners what sister restaurant Boucan has delivered to St Lucians since 2011...
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