Cocoa Tree, while it was a small café tucked away in the ground floor of The Avenue Regent, was one of my favourite places to hang out while at college. I’ve been there with friends chilling and enjoying their chocolate desserts and drinks, with family eager to show them this favourite place of mine, and also alone to spend some ‘me-time’. One of my fascinations about the place was the wall with the sticky notes where you could write whatever you want. By the time college ended, I lost count of the number of sticky notes we had stuck on that wall – drawings, our names with the ‘friends forever’ tag, and whatever else came to our mind.
Over the years, Cocoa Tree expanded and started a new branch in Panampilly Nagar, next to Avenue Centre. Though I had heard about this, I never got an opportunity to go there until a sudden change of plan led us here. We were in the Edapally area when the plan came up and considering we were traveling quite a bit for a late night dinner, while we had a lot of options in Edapally itself, we kept telling each other that the food better be good! We reached here around closing time and yet it was full, which itself vouched for the place!
The place was beautifully done up with chalkboard and potted plant décor, which gave a very nice feel to it. The ambiance was perfect to chill and relax, and I am sure it would have been the same, irrespective of whether it was a group or not. The service staff was friendly and the service prompt. We were a big group and we ended up ordering quite a lot of stuff from the menu – Charred Mushroom Soup, Roasted Eggplant Sandwich, All-American Burger, Barbecue Pork, Five Veg Lasagne, Basil Pesto, Hot Chocolate, Red Velvet Cheesecake, and Nutella Crepe.