Where: 158-166 Day Street, Sydney 2000
Opening Hours: Mon – Wed 7am – 8pm, Thu – Fri 7am – 10pm, Sat 12 – 10pm
Phone: 02 92690881
Loosen your belt buckles and pull up your sleeves. There's a new chocolaterie in town and it means business, sweet chocolaty business. Chocolate has a reputation as being an ultimate guilty pleasure. The team at Princess Coco Chocolaterie fully celebrate chocolate as an extravagance. The venue is La Belle Époque style, complete with sparkling gold chandeliers. Perched in regal purple throne-like chairs, guests are given the royal treatment. Tastings are passed around on little silver trays by attentive and personable staff.
Valrhona chocolate is the hero of the menu. The famed French chocolaterie was founded in 1922 and has since cemented is place as the grandfather of chocolate worldwide. Revered by artisans and great chefs, it's been a rare sighting Sydney-side until now. Chef Rika Shiina (ex 7 star Burj Al Arab in Dubai, Sokyo at The Star and Maze) has used her star ingredient in theatrical desserts, rich hot and cold beverages as well as a hand crafted chocolate range.
A must try is the Rêve de Princess Coco (Princess Coco's dream) ($17). Mousse Caraibe, almond and macadamia crémeux as well as mandarine compote are encased in a delicate chocolate sphere. The final flourish of warm Earl Grey chocolate sauce dribbled on top upon serving is simply decadent. If you're looking to start small, don't go past one of their signature chocolate drinks hot or cold ($8.50). La Tradition (milk or dark) doesn't come cheap but beautifully showcases what sets Valrhona chocolate apart. Sweet tooths will froth over Jivara chocolate au lait, rich cocoa notes with a soft vanilla and malt finish.
Not a chocaholic? The team at Princess Coco have put just as much thought into its savoury offerings. The Fromage du Jour (cheese of the day), served with walnut and raisin toast, lavosh and quince paste (3 choices $25, 5 choices $30), and the Plat de Charcuterie (charcuterie plate) ($30), with foie gras, duck rilette, pate, spicy salami, sliced baguette and cornichons, are great to share between friends.
Still freshly minted, the menu is short but sure to please in variety and quality. The team is still experimenting and is planning on adding and changing the menu by trial and error in the near future. The café has already had many requests for whole cakes and are ever eager to please. Look out for larger versions of their signature dishes in the coming weeks.
Fondant au chocolat citron vert ($15)
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