FOOD & DRINK Features
The Chocoholics Guide to Sydney
Did you know, that aside from giving the world tequila, tacos and chilli con carne, Mexicans are also responsible giving us the sweet, sweet gift of chocolate. Yep, that’s right, all be it around 1750 BC when it was guzzled as a non-so-appetising frothy, bitter drink. We’ve come a long way of course and now have a million chocolatey ways to appease even the pickiest of palates.
If you, like me, love all things chocolate then you already know about Max Brenner. Get stuck into the Spectacular Choc-Fudge Brownie Sundae or the Euphoria Banana Split Waffle; smothered in gooey toffee, fresh banana and pure melted chocolate. They also feature a range of exquisite pralines and truffles, incase you’re wanting something a little more low key.
Max Brenner’s lesser known rival is Oliver Brown. This chocolate café franchise is popping up across Sydney with waffle, crepe and churros dishes smothered in milky chocolate. The waffles even include chocolate chips in the batter that give it an extra touch of indulgence. The hot chocolate with crunchy balls is to die for – try it in the dark choc variety for a smooth treat.
For a more low key cocoa experience, try the earthy Charlie Lovett stores. The restaurants feature a gourmet pizza menu alongside their exotic chocolate range featuring flavours from Ethiopia to Brazil and beyond. From crates as chairs to stacked pallets as tables, Charlie Lovatt has an understated chic shabbiness that adds to the experience overall.
Chocolateria San Churro
Chocolateria San Churro is a chocoholic’s dream. From drinks and pralines to lavish choc-dipped strawberries and extravagant cakes – Chocolateria San Churros is a sugar coma waiting to happen. Though, given the name, it would be rude not to indulge in some Spanish churros; fried to perfection, dusted in cinnamon or icing sugar and dipped in rich, velvety chocolate. Mmm.
Boon Chocolate Café
251 Victoria Street
Boon Chocolate Café in Darlinghurst bridges the gap between chocolate shop and café. At street level, the store displays creatively flavoured chocolates, and when you venture upstairs, there’s a cosy lounge-style café to enjoy a drink or dessert in. Best of all, the hot chocolate, tea and coffee drinking set options all come with a praline and a chocolate mousse shot.
Writer & Photographer – Jennifer. H