"Steeped in the style of La Belle Époque, a legacy of her family's generations in Paris, Princess Coco's salon is a temple to the trophies of her far flung expeditions. It is an irresistible mouth watering showcase of artisan chocolate discoveries." Princess Coco Website
Princess Coco is one of the newest chocolateries to hit the streets of Sydney - and may I say, this is indeed a very welcome addition. Tucked away in the South end of the Sydney CBD and within a short walking distance from Chinatown and Darling Quarter (Darling Harbour), Princess Coco is a delightful addition to Sydney's dessert culture.
A soon as you enter Princess Coco, you are instantly transferred to an alternate world by the oversized love-seats and thrones covered in lush purple velvet. The only thing that will ply your eyes away from the decor is the extravagant display filled with tantalizing truffles made with Valrhona chocolate, rows of deliciously delicate cakes, tarts and desserts, and beautifully pastel-coloured macaroons. The desserts are most certainly fit for a princess and it would come as no surprise to know that they have been created by Sokyo's former pastry chef.
Of all of the desserts at Princess Coco, the most intriguing would have to be the Reve de Princess Coco (Princess Coco's dream). A delicate combination of mousse caraibe, almond, macadamia cremeux and mandarine compote encased in a fragile chocolate sphere. Order this delight to enjoy the full effect when warm earl grey chocolate sauce is dribbled over the dessert and the sphere collapses. The only word to describe this experience is: decadence.
The service at Princess Coco is friendly and attentive, with waitstaff happy to provide more details about the various menu items and make recommendations if you can't choose for yourself.
As with all chocolate boutiques where one is faced with a smorgasbord of chocolate delights, it is almost impossible to choose from the range of individual handmade chocolates. In the end we went for the dark Grand Cru Gianduja with their indulgent sprinkling of gold-leaf, and the Gianduja Citron which was the perfect balance of lemon and hazelnut. You can also take home a piece of Princess Coco and Valrhona chocolate bars.
Princess Coco is a great place for an indulgent dessert after dinner in Chinatown, or any of the many dining precincts in Darling Harbour, including King Street Wharf, Cockle Bay Wharf or Harbourside, or perhaps for a get-together with the girls for an afternoon gossip.