Visitors to Southbank will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dessert, with the opening of yet another dessert-only cafe, Chocolate Pavillion. As yet, the place is still relatively unknown and empty of customers most of the time but I'm sure it will soon be brimming with chocoholics who tire of the lines at Max Brenner and San Churro.
Situated on Little Stanley Street, the cafe is reminiscent of a 50's milkshake bar, minus the tacky colours. There isn't just chocolate on the menu here: the sweet temptations include macaron and gelato sandwiches (pictured), choc coated parfait balls, strawberry marscapone volcanoes and of course, chocolate fondue. A mouthwatering list of pancakes, waffles and chocolate mochas is calling me to come back for brunch soon while a sickeningly indulgent cocktail menu could be the beginning of the next girl's night out. If all this sounds too heavy for you, a simple coffee comes with a complimentary Belgian truffle from their Mary Chocolatier range.
Opting for a non-chocolate dessert for once (crazy, I know), I tried the macaron and gelato sandwich on my visit - a delicious tower of two giant macarons sandwiched together with white chocolate gelato and drizzled with raspberry sauce and chocolate balls. The dish managed to be scrumptious without being sickeningly sweet as did my partner's butterscotch milkshake.
Prices are reasonable and you can get a serious chocolate overload for under $10 or a full chocolate coma for around $15. I'll be honest, the service isn't brilliant but if you can handle a bit of a wait and a lack of cheery, helpful staff, dessert will be worth it.