I am an Australian freelance writer living in Adelaide.
Published November 7th 2011
I died and went to heaven when the Lindt Café opened in Melbourne. Having been a fan of their milk chocolate Lindt balls, I felt as excited as a child with a golden ticket to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory the first time I ventured inside.
Located in the expensive end of Collins Street and right next door to Tiffany's, the décor is luxurious. Chocolate treats tempt you in their gift shop area to the left. This idea is genius if you need to pick up a gift for someone or something sweet for yourself. Walk up the stairs and you can't help but noticed the cabinet. The first shelf is filled with macarons, sorry, "delices" as re-named by Lindt and follow your eye around the chocolate cabinet.
Chocolates, slices, cakes and biscuits call your name. Pecan brownies topped with 70% dark chocolate. Profiteroles filled with white chocolate crème and drizzled in dark chocolate ganache. Velvet chocolate, cheesecake, chocolate hazelnut gateau, caramel chocolate tart, is your mouth watering yet?
My friend and I live by the food rule, if you're going to be bad, make it worth it. Boy were we bad. We ordered the $50 degustation plate for two. When it arrived, we were overwhelmed by - chocolate. We began by delicately nibbling on our chocolate delice. The biscuit was delish and having made macarons myself at home, I just don't know how they get it so perfect. The 70% dark chocolate cream inside was amazing. They've recently introduced a chocolate banana delice with dark chocolate pieces through a banana and white chocolate ganache- yum. Next we dipped strawberries in a thick pool of melted chocolate fondue and fed ourselves a slice of rich chocolate mud cake. Last was a scoop of dark chocolate ice cream. Needless to say, we left drunk in a sugar-induced haze, trying to shop around Melbourne Central while giggling before giving in and passing out in the train home.
This is a great place to come to celebrate a special occasion or to treat yourself to the best chocolate there is.
Tip: What you can buy here you can't buy everywhere. Instead of Easter eggs, I gave my family members a bag of Lindt balls as they have peanut butter, peppermint, coffee, orange, cinnamon and cookies and cream flavours as well as the milk, white, dark and raspberry that are sold in shops.