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Saturday, December 04, 2004

Lindt Chocolat Cafe, Martin Place, Sydney

The Lindt cafe/shop in Sydney is apparently the first concept store by Lindt of its kind in the world. On offer--individual Lindt chocolates, desserts, ice cream and sandwiches and the opportunity to eat-in.

With such proud proclaimation and with ensuing media fanfare when it was first opened, it was a little surprising to discover that not only is the exclusive Sydney Lindt Concept Store not mentioned on the Lindt website, but that Australia itself doesn't even get a webpage--only the USA, Canada and several European countries. But nevermind. Onto the food.


Club sandwich with smoked salmon, dill, house pickled cucumber with goat's curd on tramezzini (Italian white bread) $9.00


Roast beetroot, candied walnuts, silverbeet and goat's cheese on country loaf $8.50


Lindt hot chocolate $4.50

The sandwiches here were more-ish and tasty, served on bread so fresh you would swear a bakery was next door. The fine slices of beetroot worked so well with the walnuts, silverbeet and goat's cheese that I would definitely try this one at home.

The hot chocolate was also fairly spectacular with warm melted chocolate served in one pot, and frothy steamed milk in another. You are then able to create your own hot chocolate mixture to your preference, by pouring both into your cup.

Unfortunately we didn't have time to partake in dessert (waffles with icecream $12.50, 3 scoops of Lindt icecream $7.50, Lindt chocolate tart $9.50 among others) but did manage to gobble a few chocolates.

Plenty of waitstaff hovering on the edges meant service was fairly efficient, including when I was quickly but politely stopped from taking photos of the interior. Photos at the table were ok, but photos of the interior were not allowed, I was told.

Fair enough. And hence the lack of photos of dizzying chocolate arrays.

I can tell you about it instead... think cream-coloured walls, high high ceilings, a funky blue and green glass chandelier, and plenty of Lindt product displays.

A plethora of Lindt chocolate varieties are available and there is probably enough girly wow factor to sustain business. And a few chocaholics as well.


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Lindt Chocolat Cafe
53 Martin Place, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 8257 1600

Opening hours
Monday to Friday 7.30am - 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 6pm

This has been included on Grab Your Fork's Top 10 Sydney Eats for Tourists. Read the entire list here.

Related Grab Your Fork posts:
Lindt Cafe, Darling Harbour

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 12/04/2004 11:59:00 pm


13 Comments:

  • At 12/13/2004 1:29 pm, Blogger pinkcocoa said…

    I am definitely heading there this week. The hot chocolate looks so divine!

     
  • At 12/13/2004 2:35 pm, Blogger Ben said…

    The club sandwich looks good. I'm a bit worried, though, about something that costs $9 a pop being described as morish - that sounds dangerously expensive!

     
  • At 12/13/2004 2:55 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    I could have easily eaten two club sandwiches--which may or may not have been linked to greed.

     
  • At 12/13/2004 2:56 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    pinkcocoa - looking forward to your post. And maybe see if you get any success with taking an indoor photo (or at least one of the chocolate display)!

     
  • At 5/22/2006 7:06 pm, Blogger christy said…

    I thought the waitstaff very extreemly rude the last time i was there and i really dont think that the prices are fair for what you get... the only saving grace for this place is that i love chocolate!!

     
  • At 11/15/2006 6:10 pm, Blogger pygmyNfriend said…

    The waffle with hot choc. is to die for. Problem is the place always pack and you have to queue for seats.

     
  • At 1/14/2007 12:06 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Christy - The prices are at a premium, I agree, but that doesn't seem to stop the crowds of chocoholics.

    Hi pygmynfriend - I haven't been back here in ages. The waffle sounds good. I'll have to keep it in mind :)

     
  • At 3/02/2007 10:51 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've absolutely loved the takeaway hot chocolate so I couldn't wait to get a dine in one. It could only be better right? Wrong. The Hot chocolate was so disappointing. The milk wasn't sufficiently warm and felt very watered down and there was insufficient chocolate for the amount of milk provided. No where near as luxurious as the takeaway version.

     
  • At 3/18/2007 5:40 pm, Anonymous hendra said…

    FYI, there is a new Lind store recently opened in Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour. the place is very nice and relaxing. it has good ambience considering the harbour view and atmosphere.

     
  • At 9/06/2009 3:28 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Anon - Sorry to hear your hot chocolate was disappointing. How strange that your takeaway version is consistently better? Maybe just an off day by the hot chocolate maker on the day?

    Hi Hendra - Yes the Cockle Bay outlet is great and open later too.

     
  • At 10/08/2009 12:32 pm, Anonymous Bibifoc said…

    Sandwiches ares quite expensive but the hot chocolate is all right and looks to be so incredible!!!I wanna try absolutely as I am so glad that kind of concept emerges. I am so in love with REAL,GOOD chocolate. I know Lindt is a wonderful swiss chocolate!

     
  • At 10/13/2009 12:59 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Bibifoc - Lindt makes great chocolate - very smooth. The sandwiches are a little pricey but the hot chocolates are definitely worth it :)

     
  • At 8/15/2014 5:06 pm, Anonymous Janette Hunter said…

    Was v.dissappointed - looked fwd to trying but the chocolate cake we had was dry & needed a dash of whipped cream or chocolate sauce to go with it. As I was being treated I couldn't bring myself to complain.
    Probably won't go back agn.

     

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