Eat of the Week: A Fine Chocolate Dessert at Samba You Have to Break To Fully Appreciate

This delicate Peruvian chocolate bowl called 'Marquesa de Chocolate' looks too pretty to eat, but you must shatter it to reveal an even more delicious experience.

This delicate Peruvian dessert bowl called 'Marquesa de Chocolate' looks too pretty to eat, but you must shatter it to reveal an even more delicious experience.

Chef Carlo Huerta's Marquesa de Chocolate, now available at Samba, Shangri-La at the Fort

This new dessert is part of Samba's new food lineup; the Peruvian poolside restaurant of Shangri-La at the Fort opened in October 2016, and since then has evolved its food offerings to continue to serve guests something different and exciting. At Samba, Chef Carlo Huerta lets palates travel to South America featuring fresh and bolder Peruvian specialties in their menu. The Marquesa de Chocolate is one of the 15 new dishes that are now available to try.

This chocolate dessert is a modern rendition of a classic cake from Venezuela, a layered treat of chocolate cream and biscuits. At Samba, they put a sleek spin into it, elegantly packaged with all the little details that make it a little more special. A delicate 'balloon' made out of dark chocolate encases everything: there's 70% Peruvian chocolate, chili for a little tickle on the palate, almond flakes, a dollop of passion fruit sorbet for a fruity tang, and extra virgin olive oil 'snow' — EVOO transformed into tiny crumbly flecks that melt in your mouth.

Each component may seem strange, but all the elements suprisingly mesh well when you have a little of everything in one bite, a complex mix of textures and flavors frolicking in your mouth. Definitey unusual, and something chocolate lovers ought to try!

The Dish: Marquesa de Chocolate (P395)

Where to Find it: Samba at Shangri-La at the Fort, BGC

Samba is open every day for lunch (11:30am to 2:30pm) and dinner (6pm to 10:30pm). The restaurant is located at level 8 of Shangri-La at The Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For reservations and inquiries, call 820-0888 or email Visit Samba's official website (, like Dining at Shangri-La at the Fort (/DineShangriLaFort) and Samba (/SambaatShangrilaFort) on Facebook; and follow on Instagram (@dineshangrilafort).

Eat of the Week dishes out a must-try from a restaurant in the metro every week, so you can add them into your to-eat list. Many of our favorite restaurants have an interesting dish, a new favorite, or that one thing that help put them on the map (and on everyone's Instagram feed). Here, we set out to put the spotlight on a dish you must not miss on your next foodtrip!

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