Sunday, 16 December 2012

Boon Chocolates, Darlinghurst

Note: This post is short but will probably be continually updated - as I do intend on returning (and maybe eventually sampling the entire menu, provided they don't run out of mousse next time).

Boon Chocolates is an artisan chocolate store that believes in creating small batches of chocolate and indulging in a chocolate experience. Boon offers a number of different chocolate drinks with different characteristics, including floral, fruity and woody notes.

The site is small and consists of 2 levels. The ground level is the retail portion, where customers select from a range of homemade chocolates to take home. Sit-in patrons are directed upstairs, which is a small, cosy lounge area with a lot of artwork. It was a little awkward finding that there was a group of people already upstairs, and they had taken up the armed lounge chairs. We perched ourselves on the low stools a distance away from the other group and eventually we resumed our conversations.

The really friendly owner (presumably) escorted us upstairs and talked us through the drinking menu. He suggested that "first-time" chocolate drinkers stick to the dark or milk chocolate drinking sets - making the visit feel like a wine tasting course. It was explained that the chocolate shots were very intense and thick, suitable for more seasoned hot chocolate drinkers.

We followed his advice and selected from the range of normal hot chocolate drinking sets. Although normally accompanied by a piece of chocolate and chocolate mousse, they were out of the mousse and so we were given another piece of chocolate to make up for its absence. Hopefully it's not a common occurrence, though I suspect it might be considering we weren't late - we visited them in the early afternoon and they close at 8pm on Saturdays.

Boon
I had the milk chocolate drinking set. I should have probably ordered the dark chocolate set, as I thought that it was a bit too light and milky for my liking. As a drink, it was smooth and creamy, complementing the (dark) chocolates quite well. The chocolates literally melted in my mouth - one was red wine flavoured and the other was rum and raisin. I couldn't detect any red wine, but the rum and raisin had a stronger flavour. Regardless, both pieces of chocolate were full of cocoa and very tasty.

Milk chocolate drinking set ($8.50)
Dark chocolate drinking set ($8.50)

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