Sunday, September 28, 2008

Koko Black - Melbourne

Chocolate and Melbourne go hand in hand.

My past few lazy stroll days up and down Melbourne streets and alleyways enabled me to bump into quite a many Max Brenners, San Churros, Haighs, and Chocolate Box. But much anticipated was Koko Black, a chocolate cafe highly recommended by a friend.

I ordered the lite hot chocolate (skim milk + dark chocolate) - just the way I like it ($5.75). And look at the lovely piece of art (although blemished by my phone camera). Quite a materpiece, both taste and looks-wise. Nice and frothy on top, not too sweet, but nice and chocolatey.

Lite hot chocolate - $5.75

And then there was the Belgian Spoil ($12). Starting from the left-hand side, there's the chocolate icecream (mmm... quite perfect), the chocolate mousse (can't complain), two Belgian chocolates (which I wasn't allowed to choose - so, a bit dissappointing), short-bread (not bad), and chocolate cake (quite delicious when combined with the icecream).

Belgian Spoil - $12

Close-up of the chocolate ice-cream

Close up (somewhat fuzzy) chocolate mousse

Close-up of the rest

We did go on a Thursday night, so it was quite busy (my excuse for the relative lack of service). And the ambiance? Buzzy and nice.

So, overall?
It's a refreshing difference compared to Max Brenner (probably due to a familiarity effect). But that aside, the chocolate is probably better at certain Max Brenners in Sydney (but not the Parra store), but the chocolate icecream here, comparable to Lindt cafe... which really, is mmm yum.

Food - 8/10
Service - 6/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Value for money - 7/10
Overall - 29/40

Koko Black
167 Lygon St
Carton, Victoria 3053
Tel: (03) 9349 2775

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