Coco Rogue is a new chocolate lounge at Yonge and Eglinton geared to the well-to-do after-dinner crowd. This stretch of Yonge lost its lone strip club not too long ago, and Coco manager Steve Pocock tells me the Love Shop down the road is headed for a move as well. But Coco Rogue hopes to keep a little bit of that sexiness here, albeit in a way that's a little subtler than stilettos and hot pants.
Seduction at Coco Rogue comes in the form of Mayan hot chocolate and 72% Venezuelan dark. Ah, you people--you've found my Achilles' heel. As if that wasn't enough, Coco Rogue also features a sleek grand piano by the front entrance, a giant centre chandelier, and plush table and bar seating on the main floor. Upstairs boosts more of a lounge feel with leather couches, maroon carpeting, and an opera bar for more chandelier-admiration.
Coco Rogue is a product of the imagination of Bruce Tanton, a chocolatier who has spent the last few years traveling around the world, learning the finer points of chocolate and desserts. His journey including training under award-winning pastry chef Philippe Parc in Normandy, and came to a head about a month ago when Coco Rogue first opened its doors.
But this chocolate lounge isn't exclusively about the sweet. "We take the world's finest chocolate," Steve explains, "and pair it with spirits that will enhance its flavour."
I ask Steve to tell me about Coco Rogue's signature pairings, since a menu is still in the works.
"One," he begins, "is a scotch and dark chocolate paring. We take four ounces of scotch--a Chivas Regal and Glenlivet--and pair it with a 72% Venezuelan dark chocolate. They enhance each other beautifully and the chocolate takes away a bit of the harshness of the scotch."
The pairings, which also include a Shiraz and a 40% Guyana milk along with others, will cost between $35 to $50, according to Steve. The menu includes many other dessert offerings including ricotta cheesecake ($12) and caramel chocolate rogue lava cake ($11), which are sourced from various places. The cocktail list is also quite extensive and lists many specialty drinks (such as a chocolate raspberry truffle martini--$15) as well as premium liquors (Macallan 18--$30).
And if the chocolate and specialty drinks aren't enough to have you swooning, the black and white projection of Casablanca on the wall will get you on your way.
While precise opening and closing hours are still to be determined, Coco Rogue does host live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
- Beers on Tap:
- Signature Drink:
- Premium scotch
- Bar Snacks:
- Cheese plates, chocolate, desserts
- Blues, jazz
- Live Music:
- Who Goes There:
- Young and eligible
- Right now, after 6 p.m.