10 September 2009
Max Brenner, Sydney
Even though our meat-fest at Löwenbräu Keller saw us rolling out the door, we were on the prowl for more food to satisfy our dessert stomachs. Max Brenner seemed like the perfect place to indulge in some sweet, chocolatey, post-dinner goodness - and also because we all sorely miss the bald man since his departure from Chatswood :(
We manage to grab one of the last remaining tables and make our selections from the menu. Queen Chu chooses a chocolate chip cookie which she generously shares with everyone. It's got pretty good crunch factor and I love the extra melted chocolate drizzled on top. Sir D and I end up scraping the plate with spoons just to get at all the chocolate!
Queen Chu and I initially decide on getting a hot chocolate with crunchy waffle balls but alas they've run out of the waffle balls! So we revert to plan B - Queen Chu gets a limited edition milk hazelnut hot chocolate (since she loves everything hazelnut) and I get the Italian thick milk hot chocolate which is lusciously thick and creamy. It gets a bit sickeningly sweet towards the end though so next time I might go for dark chocolate.
Sir D and d.skipper.w opt for the classic hot chocolates which are packed full of chocolate and oh so smooth.
I manage to get 10 stamps on my Max Brenner card which means you get a free suckao or Max Brenner pralines. I usually get the suckao but this time I'm keen on trying their pralines. They have quite a large selection with some interesting flavours like cornflakes and pepper and elderflower honey. The shop assistant gets out a pair of gloves to hand pick the pralines and puts them in a cute little box for me to take home.
The praline cream mixed with cornflakes and pepper is delicious with a nice crunchy texture from the cornflakes. I think I can taste pepper towards the end but it's so subtle that I'm not sure if it's actually there or it's my imagination... but nevertheless this is my favourite out of all of the pralines.
The dark chocolate ganache with elderflower honey has an interesting flavour and tastes quite different from regular honey. The honey also makes it less sweet than the other pralines.
The dark chocolate truffle is silky smooth with a dark chocolate flavour that's not too bitter, and the praline cream mixed with peanut butter tastes has quite a distinct peanut butter flavour (sort of like Reese's peanut butter cups) but smoother and creamier.
All the pralines are delicious and leave me wanting to try more flavours, especially the more unique ones that you don't see in other chocolate shops. If only I could visit Max more often for my chocolate fix!
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273 George Street
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Monday - Thursday, 7.30am- 11pm
Other locations: Blacktown, Bondi Junction, Castle Hill, Manly, Paddington, Parramatta, St Ives, Sydney (David Jones Elizabeth Street store)
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