I’ve always enjoyed visiting The Choc Pot in Burwood over the bigger chocolate dessert parlour chains like Max Brenner and Oliver Brown. And while waiting for D to return to Sydney before heading out for dinner to celebrate T passing all his General Practitioner fellowship exams, we spoiled out appetites with The Choc Pot.
It’s the middle of winter, the tail end of a cold front with winds that chill you to the bone. So, I’m keen to try their winter special French Earl Grey with Milk Chocolate ($6.50) made with cream Jersey milk and milk Belgian melted chocolate and powdered French Earl Grey loose leaf tea.
There’s a very fragrant sweet citrus aroma with the richer chocolate. Yet, just as the bergamot orange notes in French Earl Grey are pleasantly mellow, the addition of milk chocolate also does not create an intense Jaffa-like flavour. The flavour remains enjoyably mellow, lending a brightness to the milk chocolate. That said, as it’s between a tea and a hot chocolate, it was a tad on the watery side.
Looking for something light to complement my hot chocolate, I opt for the Green Tea Panna Cotta Latte ($14), a matcha green tea pannacotta topped with a coconut and lychee pearl froth.
The menu says addiction is a possibility with this, but I can vouch for its inaccuracy. Proper panna cotta is silky smooth and just firm with a gentle wobble. This panna cotta was smooth, but also firm, dense and heavy. Much of the matcha powder had settled into the bottom third of the glass, unlike the photograph in the menu that showed a beautiful uniform green. Not that I mind, but it did make the base of the panna cotta even more dense and heavy. The lychee pearls in the coconut milk based froth went some way to cutting through the heaviness with pops of freshness, but did not save the disappointing (and overpriced) dessert.
This is Super Terrific Happytime ($12), with homemade crunchy waffle with salted caramel and melted Belgian milk chocolate, topped with salted caramel fudge pieces and crunchy wafers.
It’s super upbeat name aside, these waffles were satisfyingly thick and crispy on the outside with fluffy inside. It’s surprisingly light, even with the generous caramel, chocolate, and fudge. The Choc Pot should stick to chocolate-based desserts. They seem to get that right every time.
The Choc Pot is located at 7/1 Railway Parade, Burwood NSW 2134.