A 120+ year old fine chocolatier has established itself in Houston, but who are they are where did they come from?
Chocolat Zeina’s rich and bonafide history in crafting chocolate confectionary started in 1892 in Damascus, Syria.
Started by Abdullah Silk over 100 years ago, his family has continued the tradition, now in their fourth generation.
The recent civil war in Syria forced the Silk family to seek refuge in Houston where friends of the family were already established along with a large Syrian community.
The cafe is located on 6100 Westheimer Rd Ste 136 Houston, TX 77057, in the same shopping center as Stogies World Class Cigars and The Palm restaurant. They all reside in the Briargrove Shopping Center along with several other restaurants and businesses.
Parking is more than plentiful and shouldn’t be an issue and there is outdoor seating available for anyone still not comfortably dining indoors.
Inside you’ll find 3 large chocolate and white chocolate fondue towers and a display case of what appears to be a mile of chocolates of all types.
Pistachio lovers like myself will feel especially treated because there are many pistachio infused treats. Let me be clear, these aren’t pistachio flavored, they use real pistachios in the form of paste, crumbles and sauces.
Speaking of sauces, not only are chocolates sold individually or by the pound on the menu, there are also gelato, waffles, crepes and coffee.
I had a pistachio crepe with vanilla cream. While it was delicious as is, next time I will get it with filling, either Nutella or ice cream. My intricately decorated crepe was paired with a pistachio gelato which was as flavorful, silky and soft as an authentic gelato should be.
My dessert partner enjoyed two chocolate one with raspberry filling and the other with a white chocolate exterior and milk chocolate interior. She also had a chocolate covered strawberry, along with a hot chocolate.
Our total tab came out to about $30 and was worth every penny.
Pro tip: For you cigar lovers reading this; the next time you go to Stogies to enjoy a cigar, stop by Chocolat Zeina and pick up some dark chocolates to pair with your cigar.
That combination is about is harmonious as bread and butter.