‘Yippee Yay! cant wait for Royce to come to India!!’ Some of the comments we’ve been seeing on Royce India’s fanpage, but come 13th July Coca Connoisseurs and Royce fans don’t need to wait– the artisanal brand from Japan is opening their exclusive store at Palladium in Lower Parel, Mumbai. To celebrate the launch of Royce, WeddingSutra in association with Avani Raheja and Samir Gadhok of Burgundy Hospitality who have brought the luxurious chocolate brand to India hosted an exclusive tasting session for select Wedding Planners and to-be-weds.
Karishma and Mangal
Entrepreneur Mangal and his fiance Designer Karishma were delighted to taste their favorite brand ‘Nama’ the premium truffle range from Royce. Since they are having a Destination Wedding in Kerala this year, they were keen to know how Royce could transport their favorite chocolate brand there, “makes it even better if you serve your favorite delicacies, at your special celebration” quipped Mangal. Ace Wedding Planner Candice Pereira of Marry Me- The Wedding Planners who excitedly Tweeted about her experiences there says: “It’s great that we now have an addition to our options for gifting in the luxury chocolate space. Royce is a hot favourite for many, and the chocolates were being sourced for gifting from overseas, having them here makes the logistics involved in gifting, deliveries etc. much simpler.”
Candice of Marry Me- The Wedding Planners
We asked Avani Raheja and Samir Gadhok (incidentally they are an engaged couple too) on what motivated them to bring Royce to India. “We are both foodies and love chocolates, so when we established our venture we were sure we wanted to bring some of our favorite brands to India. Royce was on top of the list. We also felt its just the right time, given the discerning tastes of young Indians, and their quest to eat foods with the finest ingredients, from around the world.” But Japan is not typically known for chocolate, does that make their task a little more difficult? “The brand’s values are linked to its Japanese heritage – simplicity, quality, innovation and attention to detail. Our clients will appreciate that, and hopefully that should make our work easier.”
Avani and Samir
So do we expect to receive Royce accompanied with the fanciest Wedding Invites? We’ll wait for the verdict from ace Wedding Invitation Designers like Delhi’s EDC, Ravish Kapoor and Puneet Gupta, and Mumbai’s Sindoor Couture, Uttara Shah and Bhavika of Beyond Design.
– Royce will retail its best-selling products including chocolate-coated potato chips; coffee and chocolate-covered marshmallows and Nama, the premium truffle range.
Chocolate-coated potato chips
– Royce’s signature product is a small flavored rectangle, the ‘Nama’, luxuriously truffle-like and alluringly creamy. Green tea, bitter dark, mild milk, champagne and white are some of the options, all made with fresh cream from farms near the factory in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost region.
Royce’s signature product, ‘Nama’
– The deluxe Criollo Chocolate are made from the Criollo beans with a rare cacao flavour and are considered the rarest, most precious cacao beans.
– Their unique innovations are temperature controlled bags to vacuum sealed packaging- designed to allow customers to enjoy the special taste and aroma of Royce chocolate.
Photographs Courtesy- Tejes Nayak Photography