The price is the first of these differences to be noticed, with Theobroma being just a little bit cheaper than its counter part. I have heard many people say many a good thing about the dark hot chocolate here, but I have to say I was a little disappointed by mine. It was not nearly as thick and rich as I had hoped so I hope this was just a one off because my partner's caramel hot chocolate was simply delicious.
Table service would have been nice, but apparently you can't have everything and ordering at the counter is not a big deal. The friendly staff brought our drinks out to us reasonably quickly, so no complaints there.
On one side of the cafe there is a huge display flaunting many delicious hand made chocolates to enjoy with your coffee or perhaps to give as an assuredly well received gift. There is something for every chocolate lover, from truffles and chocolate liqueurs to animal shapes and even hearts if you're looking for something extra sickly sweet.
Located on the La Trobe Street entrance between Elizabeth and Swanston Streets, it offers a little relief from the hordes packed under the clock tower just around the corner and the comfy chairs we were on made it feel very cosy indeed, especially when our drinks came.
I started out comparing Theobroma to Max Brenner and since they are so close together and in direct competition I should probably finish with a final comparison. Both are quite cosy and both offer excellent chocolates and hot chocolate but I actually think Max Brenner has ever so marginally better hot chocolate, but Theobroma makes up for that by being cheaper. So think of Max Brenner as a treat and make Theobroma your every day hot chocolate destination.