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Published March 31st 2013
Wouldn't it be nice if the world were Cadbury?
For some reason, for the last month or so I have been wanting to buy a big plate of something chocolaty and fattening and delicious. I'm certain I'm not the only one who's ever felt the need for a chocolate fix. So, if you've ever suffered from lack of sugar, here's a list of places that can help.
Photo: Andrι Karwath
The first of these places the one I've been to most is Max Brenner in Melbourne Central. I've been there so many times, I've tried almost everything on the menu. But none more than the waffles, drizzled in chocolate with ice cream and strawberries on the side. Best thing on the menu, in my opinion that coupled with a nice Italian hot chocolate. Bellissimo!
There is also the crepes with bananas that will drive you bananas because of the scrumptiousness, the chocolate fondue with strawberries you can share with a friend or partner, or Brenner's signature chocolate soufflι. I had wanted to try that for ages but it took me a while because it is rather small and costs $10. However, when I finally did try it with whipped cream and an iced chocolate I understood the size. It is the richest dessert I've ever tasted. When you cut into it with your spoon a dark, sweet substance oozes out of it, and if it were any bigger, you'd surely overdose on chocolate. But definitely try it! Try the whole menu because it's all delightful!
Westfield Doncaster, Level 2, 619 Doncaster Road The Glen Shopping Centre, Level 2, 235 Springvale Road Highpoint Shopping Centre, Level 3, 120-200 Rosamond Road Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, Menzies Alley
Queen Victoria Building, Level 2, QV Square, 210 Lonsdale Street South Melbourne, 275 Clarendon Street Taylors Lakes, Watergardens Town Centre, 399 Melton Highway
If you want a dessert place that's more quick, that'll give you something you can eat whilst walking, Harajuku Crepes is the place for you. It's a franchise all the way from Japan, whose specialty is crepes. Sweet and savoury but I've only ever tried the dessert ones. And they are actually perfect.
There is a huge variety of different crepe fillings strawberries and chocolate, banana and chocolate, walnuts and bananas, cream, jam, kiwi, mango, ice cream, nutella, custard, anything sweet you can think of, you'll find it there. They're all generous sizes, the crepes are paper-thin, which allows you to taste the fillings even more. They prepare the crepes right before your eyes and the wait isn't long at all. There's a little seating area in the corner of the store where you can wait and chat with your friends, or you can watch them prepare the crepes, which is always fun (making crepes looks hard!).
Melbourne Central, 211 La Trobe Street
On Lygon street, another dessert place resides and it is yet another excellent choice for a sugar rush. Brunetti sells a variety of desserts but one that I most definitely recommend is the New York Cheesecake. That might actually be the most delicious cheesecake I've ever had. And I've had a lot of cheesecakes over the years.
There is also a selection of macarons and cookies the chocolate chip ones I recommend also. A whole gelateria is also something to choose from. There is also different coffees and hot chocolates and blends of teas that you may choose to drink with your dessert. It is a rather big store, which allows for a great selection to choose from. Or to just drool over from behind the glass. Whichever you prefer.
380 Lygon street, Carlton
Lindt Chocolate Cafι
Before walking up Collins street, I never knew Lindt had cafes. I thought they just came in boxes and bunny-form. However, if you're like me and salivate at the thought of a Lindt chocolate, you should definitely check this place out. And if you don't feel like eating in, they sell boxes of their wonderful chocolate too.
If you're sick of the Brenner waffle, try the Lindt waffles with vanilla and white chocolate ice cream and hot fudge sauce. Or if your visiting in the colder months like these months coming up you should absolutely order the hot fudge sundae. The feeling of the warmth of the chocolate running down your throat is sure to keep you warm all day long. If you love the combination of strawberries and chocolate, then nothing will be tastier to you than the Strawberry dipping plate several strawberries that you can dip in chocolate at your own leisure! What could be better?
If you like pancakes and you haven't yet tried the Pancake Parlour, there better be a good reason! They cook up the best pancakes anywhere. And the stores whichever location you decide to go to are beautiful. There are booth seats that are really comfortable and they whole store is just really big and warm. The pictures on the wall always entertain too as well as the mirrors in front of each of the stores. The Distortion Mirrors that will make you look silly no matter what. Always a fun time.
My favourite pancake selection is the chocolate jubilee one chocolate pancake, covered in chocolate sauce, with chocolate sprinkles, and a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. I know, I know it sounds like far too much chocolate and that's what I thought before I'd had it, too (as if there even is such a thing!). However, it's perfect because the big scoop of vanilla ice cream helps balance it all out. Recommend it, for sure. Other great ones are the blueberry stack two pancakes with blueberries and whipped cream as well as the fresh strawberries two pancakes with strawberry coulis, whipped cream and, of course, fresh strawberries. If these all sound a bit sweet, you can always go for a simple three-stack pancake with syrup although it isn't worth leaving your house just for that! Be adventurous! Nobody ever regrets adventure. Just ask Bilbo Baggins. There are also great drinks to choose from but the one you should choose is a Caramel Swiss Mountain Malt. It is like drinking heaven.
Melbourne Central, Level 3
Centrepoint Arcade, Bourke Street Mall
Chadstone Shopping Centre, Ground Level
Eastland Shopping Centre, Level 3
Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, The Restaurant Precinct
Highpoint Shopping Centre, Outside Cinema Entrance
Northland Shopping Centre, Level 1, Preston
There you have it - five fantastic dessert places in Melbourne that will tickle your fancy for absolute certain.