Any chocolate lover will find themselves in heaven at Max Brenner, a chocolate bar with several locations in Melbourne.
The Melbourne Central store is a delight to browse in, with vats of swirling chocolate and a network of pipes throughout the store. You can choose to be seated indoors for a view of the chocolate channels; however it can get stuffy in there so you might want to dine in the semi-outdoor Menzies Alley.
Once seated, choosing what to order presents a huge dilemma. The adorable menus leave diners spoilt for choice. Max Brenner does beverages well, especially their "choctails". The Peanut Butter Iced Chockie is my personal favourite- but it is a bit too overwhelming and difficult to finish. The generous serving size makes it perfect to share, but the amazing taste will want to make you keep it all for yourself despite your stomach being on the brink of exploding!
Max Brenner boasts plenty of chocolate delicacies, ranging from basic brownies to chocolate pizzas. Again, it is difficult to fully consume any of Max Brenner's delectables, so make sure to limit the size of your order no matter how hungry you think you are. Also ensure that you accept the jug of water that the staff will offer you; you will certainly need it.
The pricing is quite moderate, with all dishes being under twenty dollars and most being around half that. The drinks are all under ten dollars; sharing a nice choctail or refreshing shake can make for a very cheap and romantic date.
A selection of gifts are available instore and online, all chocolate-themed of course- there are novelty gift sets, solid kilogram blocks of chocolate, and even chocolate cookbooks.
With seven stores throughout Victoria, in convenient locations such in shopping centres and near train station, Max Brenner should be accessible to nearly every chocolate aficionado in the state.