Freelance writer, food blogger and Etsy store owner.
Published May 21st 2011
On Victoria Street in Darlinghurst is the trendy Boon Chocolate Cafe. Step inside the cafe and you'll be welcomed by smiling faces. Boon Chocolate Cafe is run by a brother and sister pair, Alex and Fanny.
On the downstairs level you'll find a long glass cabinet filled with meticulously decorated praline chocolates. Upstairs is the "Terrace Lounge", a room with cosy and stylish decor and artworks hanging on the walls. There's also tables and chairs on the balcony should you wish to sit outside and observe the goings on of Victoria Street.
The Boon menu is impressive, filled with a range of very tempting chocolate desserts and beverages. Coffee and speciality teas are also available.
On a quiet Sunday afternoon we order a milk hot chocolate ($8.50) and the Belgian waffle ($14.95).
The hot chocolate is more than hot chocolate. It arrives on a tray with a colourful, patterned praline and a shot of chocolate mousse. Each tasted as good as it looked.
Boon offers different kinds of hot chocolate, including traditional milk and dark Belgian hot chocolate. There is also various thick "intense" hot chocolate inspired by different parts of the world. These hot chocolates are apparently a lot thicker and stronger. They also are served with a Boon praline and chocolate mousse.
The waffle is served with Boon chocolate sauce, fresh strawberries and raspberry coulis as well as flaked almonds and vanilla ice cream. It is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, just as a waffle should be.
The waffle is available also with just Boon chocolate sauce and ice cream.
Boon is open until 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights so it's a perfect place to stop in for some dessert after dinner. Boon is also open during the day (from 11am everyday) so stop in for morning or afternoon tea.
I have been to guylian, lindt and max brenners countless times. This will definitely be my next stop! Will be checking their link right away, thanks so much :)
By Badhon M - senior reviewer Wednesday, 6th of July @ 07:36 am
Ok so I just checked their website menu. They are quite expensive and not exactly student budget. I mean $12 for a slice of cake? :( Max Brenner is more affordable it seems now.
By Badhon M - senior reviewer Wednesday, 6th of July @ 07:40 am
I have been to most chocolate cafes i have come across because like most people i love my chocolate. But i havnt seen or heard of this one i must check it out. Im sure it is as good as you say it is.
By Carly Bass - senior reviewer Sunday, 10th of July @ 10:19 am
Used to work across the road from Boon and it is every bit as good as the review says. The hot chocolate is easily the best I've ever had. But be warned it's extremely rich. Badhon, Boon is very different to Max Brenner/Lindt etc. It's not a chain cafe, it's a boutique. I guess more of a gorgeous chocolate shop that just happens to have a cafe attached rather than the other way round which the other places you mentioned are. You'd be lucky to fit 15 people upstairs, it's small, cozy and friendly. You'll be served by the owners, not teenage counter staff (not that there's anything wrong with that). I guess it's just a different sort of place, definitely where you go to treat yourself!
By asham0 - reader Monday, 11th of July @ 01:20 am