On the way home from World's End we stopped at a new patisserie/chocolate shop in the South End run by Alejandro Luna, former pastry chef at the Langham Hotel. Aroa Fine Chocolate is a small little shop located a half block down the street from the famous Flour Bakery. How could this new spot possibly compete?
As it turns out, Aroa may do just fine. They specialize in afternoon tea sorts of delicacies: homemade eclairs, French macaroons, cakes, scones, cookies and little handmade chocolates. We opted for the large, steaming pots of loose leaf tea and some pastries. The macaroons were good; sweet and chewy with a bit of crunch from the crisp exterior, but lacking in flavor (I could not tell the difference between salted caramel, hazelnut and pistachio.) The peanut butter cookie was PHENOMENAL in a melt-in-your-mouth, just-the-right-bit of soft-and-crumbly kind of way. The tiny little scones were also buttery delicious. While we did not have a chance to try the hot chocolate, I will certainly have to make a trip back specifically for this item. The chocolate comes in a variety of flavors including, "chai" and "infused," and is served in elegant silver pots. I think it would taste particularly good with the homemade marshmallows (vanilla, passionfruit, or chocolate.)
Not a bad place to spend a weekend afternoon.
Images lifted from www.boston.com
Aroa Fine Chocolate
1651 Washington St
(between Concord St & Worcester St)
Boston, MA 02118