Since my previous stint in Sydney, the Interchange above Chatswood Station has exploded into existence, and now houses a whole bunch of shops and eateries. Amongst these is The Choc Pot, which belongs to a growing number of independent chocolate cafes dotted throughout Sydney. When Anika and I realised we’d both be in Chatswood one afternoon, we decided to check out the cafe for a bit of chocolatey indulgence.
Now, I know there’s a huge variety of preferences when it comes to chocolate, and some of these change with time. When I was (much, much) younger, I adored white chocolate, and refused to touch anything beyond a very milky milk chocolate. These days, I’m the complete opposite: I love the darkest of dark chocolates (the bitterer the better!), and tend to avoid even milk chocolates (except in moments of desperation when I stop discriminating and would happily eat everything). Since I have such a strong preference for dark chocolate, I’m always a little hesitant to try out new chocolate cafes and shops in case I find them lacking in cacao and overloaded with sugar.
Unfortunately, I found The Choc Pot much too sweet for me. When Anika’s red velvet hot chocolate ($6.50) was served, I could immediately smell the accompanying sweetness. She enjoyed it, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be a fan. Meanwhile, I opted for a berries and orange black tea ($5), which turned out to be the perfect accompaniment for the noms.
We got the signature dish, aptly named “The Choc Pot” ($12), which is a molten chocolate concoction containing brownie-like bits. And yes, we opted for additional ice-cream ($2.50), because yay ice-cream! I thought the Choc Pot itself to be a little above average–sure, it had the chocolate as promised, but it was…nothing extraordinary. I would’ve preferred something richer, or perhaps less sweet, but alas. Anika liked it though, further illustrating that chocolate does indeed get very, very personal. ;)
I’m also very sceptical when it comes to waffles or anything containing Belgian chocolate, because, well, my best friend lives in Belgium and I am a waffle fiend. Still, we opted to try the S’More Nuts waffle, which, though Anika enjoyed, I found much too sweet. The waffle itself was okay, and the toasted marshmallows and hazelnuts were nice, but there was just too much sugar for me.
On a final note, I have issues with The Choc Pot‘s slogan, which is “live cheeky”. I understand the sentiment, but…if you’re plastering those words everywhere (including on your crockery), please use adverbs, not adjectives, to describe your verbs.
Visited on: Friday, 25 September 2015. Afternoon tea.
Spent: $20 per person.
Overall: This place is just not my cup of…hot chocolate. That being said, I do appreciate the efforts of Sydney-siders to voice their own chocolatey voices amidst cafes such as Lindt, Guylian, and Max Brenner. If you’re a fan of milk/sugary chocolate, then The Choc Pot might be worth a visit; otherwise, consider looking elsewhere. 3/10.
The Choc Pot
Sunday – Thursday: 11:00-22:00; Friday & Saturday: 11:00-22:30