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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lindt Chocolat Café, Darling Harbour

Chocolat cerise $11.50
Lindt's own black forest cake, crafted using kirsch-infused cherries,
rich dark chocolate cake and vanilla cream,
encased with a dark chocolate glaze

The best thing about the new influx of chocolat cafes is that finally, finally, Sydneysiders have late-night options to satiate their sweet tooths.

The regular nighttime crowds at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Darling Harbour's Cockle Bay prove there are plenty of sweet tooths out there. It's a toss-up as to which is the harder thing to do: decide on what to have for dessert, or actually find a table!

Lindt Excellence 70% cocoa and Praline Mandina ice cream $3.50 each

Luckily for Divegirl and I, we finally manage to achieve both, scoring a booth on the wall near the espresso machine. It's a long wait in the queue but soon dessert it ours. We share a slice of the Chocolat Cerise, a dense chocolate sponge layered with whipped cream, bursting with kirsch cherries and adorned with fat corkscrew curls of crisp dark chocolate.

The queue at the ice cream servery is such chaos that the pre-packed tubs of ice cream in the fridge are too easy an option to resist. I'd expected the Lindt Excellent 70% ice cream to be quite bitter with cocoa flavour, but it's balanced with plenty of cream and sugar for a rich and satisfying chocolate hit. By comparison, the hazelnut-flavoured Praline Mandina seems a little on the sweet side and I regret not choosing the Black Forest or Sable Cookie and Cream.

Now I have to investigate the wave of new Guylian Chocolate Cafes. Purely for research purposes, of course.

Lindt Chocolat Café at Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour
124-125 Cockle Bay Wharf
(next to the brolga fountain)
Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9267 8064

Open Monday to Wednesday, 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 10pm
Friday and Saturday 10am - 11.30pm
Sunday 10am - 8pm

10% surcharge on Sundays

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 11/13/2008 11:50:00 pm


  • At 11/14/2008 8:23 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Martin Place branch of Lindt had a happy hour at 4-5pm recently - buy one drink, get another free. Dangerous stuff! We have stacks of trays lining the office...

  • At 11/14/2008 9:16 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Updated details, Lindt Chocolat Cafe is at Cockle Bay WHARF and is near the BROLGA Fountain.

    Absolutely divine!

  • At 11/14/2008 3:47 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Awesommeee :D haha I agree I must go back to Lindt cafe for some research on their waffles hee hee... then maybe to max and guylian haha

  • At 11/15/2008 9:15 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I went chocolate cafe hopping recently - Lindt was one of the destinations. Always good for a chocolate fix! There's also a new Lindt cafe opening in Miranda fair soon..

    Also, Guylian is definitely worth a visit! I'd rate this one as my new fave.

  • At 11/15/2008 5:31 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi! have you tried the newly opened guylian cafe at the rocks? it's located in the cnr of argyle and george st. the cakes are soooo delicious!!!

  • At 11/15/2008 5:32 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    oh ya. and next to that guylian cafe, they have a french patisserie on argyle st, their coffee and cakes are not to be missed as well.

  • At 11/17/2008 4:36 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Looks too sweet for me, but at least you enjoyed it! ;)

    ps. I've barely even thought about dessert since our sinful extravaganza!

  • At 11/17/2008 9:51 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Hunnyb - Ooh a happy hour sounds dangerous. I think I did see that offer but I managed to resist!

    Hi Anon - Thanks for the correction. I meant to google the foundation but didn't :)

    Hi FFichiban - lol. I love research :)

    Hi Ten - I still haven't made it to the Guylian Cafe. Hopefully soon!

    Hi Anon - I haven't yet, but it's on the list for sure. And oh yes, I love La Renaissance Patisserie Francais. Their cakes are divine!

    Hi Christie - I wish I could say the same thing! I've still got a healthy appetite for cake and dessert!

  • At 1/04/2009 12:24 pm, Blogger cinabar said…

    We need a Lindt cafe here in the UK!

  • At 1/05/2009 1:14 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi cinabar - Maybe you can send them a letter of petition! We definitely need more chocolate in this world :)

  • At 3/05/2010 9:19 pm, Anonymous PastryPrincess said…

    i tired some of their macarons and they were really nice. i liked how big they were and their chocolate-based fillings - somewhat different to normal macarons. ive to say i prefer adriano zumbo's though! ;) the chocolate cakes do look very inviting though... maybe ive to go back for some more "research", hehe!

  • At 3/16/2010 1:42 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi PastryPrincess - I think I prefer Adriano Zumbo's macarons too :) And hope you managed to get a lot more research done - nothing like being thorough, just to be sure!


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