The Choc Pot, Burwood

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Choc Pot is loc­ated at 7/​1 Railway Parade, Burwood NSW 2134.