Gelato in Newfoundland: Newfoundland Chocolate Cafe

I am sure that everyone is now familiar with the amazing Newfoundland Chocolate Company – especially since the launch of their much-loved NL Saying Chocolate Bars. Recently, they have undergone a great expansion in the downtown core. The Newfoundland Chocolate Company has opened a Newfoundland Chocolate Cafe in the Visitor’s Centre on Signal Hill.

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As you enter the Visitor’s Centre, you are immediately greeted with smiles from the friendly staff of the Newfoundland Chocolate Cafe and the smell of amazing foods cooking. To your left is the seating area which is adorned with fun and light-hearted decor all centred around Newfoundland culture and chocolate.

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To your right, as you enter, you will find the Newfoundland Chocolate Cafe menu and the display case of their mouth-watering treats.

Of course, their menu will vary quite frequently so you will want to check for updates on their Facebook page for new menu additions.

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At the Newfoundland Chocolate Cafe they serve an assortment of delicious goodies to treat yourself with, such as their infamous artisan chocolate, delicious biscotti, adorable cupcakes and amazing variations of fudge, cookies and cakes – all with a chocolate twist.

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However, they not only are serving these chocolate treats, they are also serving up fresh foods! Their menu includes a selection of Grilled Panini’s and a Spicy Chicken Mole Taco –  again, with a chocolate twist! The majority of their fresh food options have chocolate features such as the Chocolate Glazed Ham Panini and the Cocoa Pulled Pork.

No doubt this menu idea seems a little different, but if there’s anyone I trust with my chocolate, it’s the Newfoundland Chocolate Company.

I, myself, tried the Spicy Chicken Mole Taco and have to say it was absolutely delicious! It was incredibly fresh, tasty and absolutely satiating.

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Friends which I visited the Newfoundland Chocolate Cafe with, opted for the Mozzarella Cocoa Pesto Panini. One of these friends is Vegetarian and inquired about potential Vegetarian options, which the staff of Newfoundland Chocolate Cafe were totally eager to do and created an amazing meal for her effortlessly.

Both agreed that their Panini’s were absolutely delicious!

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Although the food here was satisfying, there was something else at the Newfoundland Chocolate Cafe that I was far more eager to try – Gelato!

While backpacking in Italy I fell madly in love with the smooth and rich flavours of gelato. Gazing into the display cases featuring rows and rows of freshly made gelato was bitter-sweet, as I knew when I returned home to Newfoundland, there would be no more gelato to be had.

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That is, until last Friday when the Newfoundland Chocolate Company opened their Newfoundland Chocolate Cafe!

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Here they are serving fresh Gelato featuring flavours with a Newfoundland twist, including: Newfoundland Wildberry, Labrador Bakeapple and Sea Salt Caramel made with Trinity bay sea salt.

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I opted for one scoop of Blueberry and one scoop of Sea Salt Caramel. Then, in the mindset of indulgence, I thought it would be nice to top off my treat with a piece of White Chocolate and Blueberry Biscotti Crumble Fudge!

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Just as I remembered the fresh local gelato of Italy, the flavours were rich, smooth and endlessly satisfying.

I was very pleased with my first Newfoundland gelato experience and am very eager to return and try the rest of these Newfoundland-themed flavours.

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Thank you, Newfoundland Chocolate Company, for continuing to be such a genuinely interesting and delicious enjoyment!

I highly recommend taking the time to check this place out. Grab a treat, sit out and enjoy the view – and definitely try the gelato!

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Of course, if you can’t make it to Signal Hill, the Duckworth Street location of Newfoundland Chocolate Company now has gelato too! I can’t wait to grab a scoop and head for a sunny stroll downtown.


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The Club ♣: Lunch

The moment I opened the heavy black door of The Club on their opening night and gazed around at the amazing decor, I knew this would be a favourite place of mine. Located at 223 Duckworth Street, The Club is a St.John’s must-see.

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The interior of The Club is rustic, with amazing modern twists. Featured throughout is heavy, dark wood that is beautifully offset with modern industrial pipe, artistically intricate and antique ceilings with contradictory simplistic lighting and always beautiful red brick.

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The atmosphere is warm and inviting with a relaxed pub-style feeling with low-sitting tables and chairs. It’s almost like being in the chicest cabin of the coolest person you’ve ever met, who also happens to be an award-winning chef.

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This feeling is perpetuated by the amazing staff who seem constantly relaxed, yet manage to execute amazing dishes, drinks and service with effortless style. I mean, look at this amazing crew photo from their Facebook page:

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The Club offers both a Lunch and Dinner Menu. You can find both of these menus here.

The Club: lunch

Admittedly, the menu at The Club is quite hearty. If you’re headed for lunch you’ll want to prep yourself for the feast you’re about to have!

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My favourite Starters on the lunch menu are the Moules-frites and Q.V. 1892 Onion Rings. The Moules-frites includes Local Mussels in White Wine and a serving of Pommes Frites (french fries) with Tarragon Mayonnaise ($13).

I have always been a fan of onion rings, but the Q.V. 1892 Onion Rings at The Club are the best I’ve ever had! They’re extremely fresh with the perfect amount of crisp and are served with a mildly-spicy Sambal ( sambal: “sauce typically made from a variety of chili peppers”) Sour Cream and a Malt Spritzer in a mini spray bottle, which adds the perfect amount of whimsy ($8).

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The lightest thing you’ll find on the Lunch Menu here is the Smoked Salmon Bagel. The premise is a classic one, but The Club has implemented its own local twist on the dish. Served on a bagel from Fixed Bakery is Beet-cured Local Salmon, Cream Cheese and Pickled Red Onion and Caper Berries ($15).

The complex flavours mix perfectly, creating a fresh and pleasant serving.

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The next dish off the Lunch Menu is definitely a heavier and richer dish. The New England Lobster Roll features a Butter-toasted Roll with Celery, Tarragon Mayonnaise and mounds of delectable Lobster ($19).

This meal is the epitome of comfort food and the perfection of simple flavours creates a perfect dish.

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This last dish is a truly delicious, comfort food feast! In the Brunch section of The Club’s Lunch Menu is this heavenly plate of Fish and Chips and D and G. Featuring fresh, deep fried Fish Filets with The Club‘s own Pommes Frites towered with Newfoundland-style Dressing and rich Bone Marrow Gravy ($18).

I can’t rave about this meal enough, it’s a must-try, without a doubt. If you can’t make it for lunch, don’t fret, this dish is also available on their Dinner Menu.

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If somehow after your meal you aren’t stuffed, you should take advantage of their sweet treats. The dish below is a beautiful plate featuring Chocolate Truffles from Newfoundland Chocolate Company with whipped cream, cherries, fried parsnip and caramel sauce.

These adorable truffles were made specially for The Club by the Newfoundland Chocolate Company featuring the club symbol. This attention to detail is unparalleled.

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Of course, another treat available at The Club is their awesome drinks. I am a cocktail lover and have fallen madly in love with the fresh and unique concotions the bartenders at The Club are whipping up. My favourites are the Raspberry Peach Bellini and Pink Grapefruit Martini ($9).

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If you’re not up for a meal, The Club is also a perfect place to visit for a drink and a snack at the bar.

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A great evening for me, involves heading to The Club with a couple of friends for a chat, drinks and an amazing meal. Every time I leave after a meal I am content, full and already looking forward to my next visit.

*Select photos from The Club’s Facebook Page