A reader has kindly informed that Portofino's has sadly closed down - a loss for all, and to those of you who never made it there to try their Italian Hot Chocolate, my condolences.
[ADVERT]Hot chocolate is my guilty pleasure, well one of them! For all of my culinary indulgences I search for the best on offer because my belief is that if I am going to indulge in those calories, then it has to be worth it.
My search thus far has led me to the following top three picks for Brisbane's best hot chocolate:
1. Italian Hot Chocolate at Portofinos, New Farm $4.50
Made with a powder base in the traditional Italian style, this one is more like a cup of hot chocolate pudding than a drink; it's so dense you need a spoon to eat it. It's thick, rich and truly wonderful.
2. Shakti - Chilli Chai Chocolate at Wrapture Cafe, West End $4.50
Wrapture Cafe (famous for it's fabulous wraps) has a range of spiced hot drinks on offer, but the subtle heat of the chilli and spicy chai overtones of the Shakti make it my favourite. The owners usually use a dark West African powder but last time they were experimenting with a single origin, organic Venezualan powder. The result was smooth, warming and totally delectable. I tried to save some for my husband who was meeting me, but by the time he arrived I had somehow downed every last drop.
This one is a little more expensive but well worth it in my opinion. Made in the European style with Italian cocoa and dark Swiss Covertures chocolate, the high quality chocolate combined with the thick soup consistency makes this rich, creamy and chocolatey without being sickly sweet; it's like drinking a cup of hot liquid chocolate. Divine. This is in fact my very favourite hot chocolate in Brisbane.
Each one of these delicious little cups of heaven stands out for different reasons, but they are all luscious and will leave you longing for more. One type of hot chocolate I love is the old school version where it's topped with fresh whipped cream, but it's been a long time since I've found a quality one of those. If you know where I can find one, or if there's a hot chocolate out there that you think is worth trying please let me know!
I have had an italian hot chocolate in Kelvin Grove and I'm quite sure I was asked if I wanted cream. It's in a quirky little fresh pasta cafe run by an Italian family. Great for fresh pasta too, don't remember the name of it but it is the only shop along the street which is Bishop street in Kelvin Grove.