Oh boy, how do I even begin to describe the dreamy and delightful experience that washed over me as soon as I took a seat at the small piece of chocolate paradise that is The Choc Pot. Launched in late 2013, The Choc Pot chocolate dessert bar, conveniently located on Railway Parade in the Inner West suburb of Burwood, is creating some of the most decadent chocolate fantasies and bringing them to life using only the finest ingredients.
After finding their way to each other, coming from vastly different backgrounds and deciding to switch up their paths to follow a whole new passion, the owners of The Choc Pot, Ash and Deej, have clearly flourished together in life and in business.
Ash and Deej, the delightful owners of The Choc Pot
Ash's culinary dreams are in full flight with only the best by his side; Deej would be number one on the list, closely followed by an open-plan kitchen stocked with top-shelf ingredients. Everything from the sweet chocolate desserts to the honeycomb and marshmallows are lovingly crafted in-house by Ash, only being prepared with the best Callebaut Belgian chocolate, fresh jersey milk, free-range eggs and unrefined caster sugar to name a few. The only thing not made in-house is the ice-cream, but not by choice, if they had the space they'd churn that themselves too, but for now it's ice-cream of the divine Connoisseur variety, which is just fine by me.
It's no wonder the flavours of each and every one of these components is so stunning when such love, care and quality ingredients are used to create them. We were surprised at just how exquisite and unique the desserts tasted compared to other chocolate dessert bars, but it just made it all the more clear that what The Choc Pot is using and what they're doing with it is what makes all the difference.
On the day of our trip to The Choc Pot it was a rainy old overcast day, which we were more than happy to welcome as it created the perfect gloomy atmosphere outside so we could take full advantage of the cosy and inviting atmosphere inside. The café is decked out with sophistication, a pinch of quirk, a dash of home and a whole lot of moody pendant lighting. Simple stools lines the front window and there is outdoor seating as well as a nook of tables and chairs indoors.
I'd studied the menu options on the website before heading in, as I like to be prepared and I'm sure it's no surprise that many items tickled my fancy. There's the choc pot chocolate fondue, warming waffles with a range of toppings, white chocolate panna cotta, chocolate soufflé with salted caramel sauce and more.
As I would have consumed them all in one sitting, we opted for the lovely Deej to assist us with our decision making and narrowed it down to two; the hot fudge cake sundae and the namesake, the molten choc pot. There are many delicious milky and chocolatey drinkable options, but along with them is an assortment of refreshing teas that have each been specially selected to accompany a suitable dessert. We went with the recommended teas to compliment our desserts; it was nice drinking something that gave us the illusion that we weren't being quite as gluttonous as we could have been.
White peach black tea and Japanese lime green tea
A selection of refreshing and exotic teas
Anyway, back to the mouth-watering morsels that was our afternoon delight. The hot fudge cake sundae was a rich slab of chocolate fudge cake adorned with an ample scoop of Connoisseur vanilla ice-cream, whipped cream, honeycomb gems and the crowning glory of hot, melted dark chocolate drizzle. Yes, it was indeed as divine as it sounds. All the contrasting textures and temperatures made for one exciting ride of pure chocolate goodness. A soothing and aromatic white peach black tea was the tea that we matched with that particular dish.
The utterly delicious hot fudge cake sundae - $12
Up next was the molten choc pot that performed equally as well as the hot fudge cake sundae. The molten choc pot is a freshly baked fondant with a crispy, cakey exterior and erupting with an oozy hot chocolate centre. It's topped with a melted milk chocolate drizzle and accompanied by a scoop of Connoisseur vanilla ice-cream and fresh strawberries, ripe and ready for the dipping. Sweet mercy this was good, a little pot of joy that has a very special place in my heart. Even the strawberries were perfect, only made more perfect after being plunged into the centre of that molten choc pot. The choc pot was matched with a Japanese lime green tea that made for the perfect palate cleanser.
The molten choc pot of goodness
Once you peer inside the molten choc pot, you will be forever captivated
So in case you couldn't already tell, I have nothing but good things to say about The Choc Pot. As if the sublime desserts and beverages weren't enough, the quality of the service and surroundings took this little gem to another level. The hospitable and hard-working Ash and Deej are the glistening chocolate drizzle on top of the luscious cake that is, The Choc Pot.
The aftermath of our afternoon tea...