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Calling All Chocoholics

Co. Co. Sala

Get your chocolate fix at Co. Co. Sala with some chocolate shooters.

I’m not a chocoholic, but this place made me rethink my stand. Chocolate is clearly the focus at this Chocolate Lounge, and Co Co. Sala wants you to enjoy an “experience” rather than just a piece of cake.

Coffee and chocolate flow into the name, as well as much of the menu, at Co Co. Sala, a new million-dollar chocolate lounge and eatery in Washington, D.C. The space is an eye-opener. Iridescent tiles glimmer from the walls of the bar, and faux emu leather softens the banquette. Co Co. Sala is likely to make your mouth water even before you see a menu, thanks to its blown-sugar sculptures created by co-owner Nisha Sidhu and what appear to be giant shavings of chocolate curling from the ceiling.

The boutique eatery celebrates its desserts via themes each including an amuse bouche, main dessert, intermezzo and petit fours.
  • “A Passage to India”: Chocolate Jelebi with badaam milk foam, white chocolate ras malai and milk and dark chocolate kulfi bon bons
  • “Italian Voyage”: Vanilla panna cotta with chocolate praline soup, tiramisu trio (fraise de bois, classic and chocolate) and Tuscan ricotta bite and chocolate dipped ameretti petit fours
  • “Aztec Experience”: Churros dusted with sugar and offered with thick dulce de leche; hot chocolate souffle with warm chocolate center, espresso gelato, chipoltle tuffle and kahula soother and Chocolate inflused horchata and Mexican wedding cookie
  • “Childhood Favorites”: Mini cupcake and malted shooter, mini Boston cream doughnut and mint chocolate chip cone with strawberry cheese cake lolly with pop rocks
Don’t have a sweet tooth? Try the “coco bites” that run to different combinations of macaroni and cheese, crab cakes, sliders and salads. The portions befit a doll; you’ll need to order at least three small plates to come close to the size of a typical entrée. But that’s part of the fun at Co Co. Sala—trying a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and coming to the conclusion that you’ll simply have to come back to determine a favorite.


This article has been adapted from the original, which was published in January 2009 issue by MSP Communications.

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