I’m a big fan of restaurants and dessert parlours keeping their classics, and then you get an influx of chocolate dessert parlours that offer essentially the same menu: waffles or churros drizzled/dipped in chocolate. So it’s always refreshing to see a chocolate dessert parlour distinguish itself.
The Choc Pot has reappeared on my radar after serving waffles in chocolate for absurd price of ~$28 two years ago. Prices are now more on par with other chocolate dessert parlours.
I debate between getting the matcha pannacotta and the matcha brownie, and given my aversion to cups of (what is essentially) cream, D and N suggest I go for the Matcha Brownie ($5). I’m very glad I did — it’s dense and strong in green tea flavour but without being bitter. The white chocolate added just enough moisture to break up the otherwise cloyingly rich brownie (or given there’s blondies, is this actually a greenie?!).
D has the Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae ($12), a ‘homemade salted caramel brownie smothered in melted dark Belgian chocolate, topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, whipped cream and homemade honeycomb pieces’. I’m much too preoccupied with my brownie to get a taste of his, although he seemed to enjoy it immensely. Although — how could you not enjoy, when it looks like that — you can even see the vanilla bean in the ice cream!
We get a Lime & Raspberry Frooty Spider ($7 – 8?), which is one of the more satisfying drinks I’ve had lately. You can taste that it’s equal parts lime and raspberry flavoured, neither flavour dominates the other — like a less sweet version of raspberry jam with zesty lime. It’s sourness was refreshing between bites of sweet dessert.
Whereas most cafes will offer you the stock selection of teas (some variant of gunpowder/grey goddess green tea, peppermint, lemon grass, chamomile, etc), there’s a much more impressive selection of flavoured teas at The Choc Pot. They no longer have the soursop green tea that I purchased a couple of years ago, although they do have a wider selection than before.
One addition to the selection is the Turkish Delight Black Tea ($5 – 6?), a ‘tantalising blend of chocolate and rose petals). I was a bit apprehensive when I saw it come out in a glass jar that doesn’t let you remove the leaves. I was pleasantly surprised, though, that even after 15 – 20 minutes the tea still tasted pleasant — of course, there was a noticeable difference between the first and last cups (there were about three in the jar) — probably as a result of chocolate in the tea blend. The chocolate isn’t noticeable as such, but it does lend a slight sweetness to the tea that’s rounded out by the floral rose notes. It’s a very pleasant and balanced tea. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any being sold there.
The Choc Pot is somewhere I must return!
The Choc Pot is located at 7/1 Railway Parade, Burwood NSW 2134.