Lindt Chocolate Cafe - Martin Place
Time Out says
Every tourist’s favourite high-ceilinged chocolate hall has had a facelift. It’s still all soft creams and dark browns and mammoth marble pillars, but now you’ll find little extras in the shop and café. Like chocolate on tap. Our waiter explains that it’s something about a new kind of chocolate from the Swiss masters that needs to be kept flowing – the chocolate runs continuously – and whatever it is, it makes for a damn velvety dark hot chocolate. When you’re done with your beverage (or choc sundae or messy-looking profiterole stack), make for the retail section of the room. Pistache, which comes wrapped in beautiful olive-green and silver paper, is like a slab of milk-chocolate capsules, each filled with a full pistachio entombed in almond cream. Too sweet for us, but it will have its fans. Better is orange and pistache, where the rindy orange flavours dominate. But the star of the store is down the back: a circular counter where a chef hand-makes rustic-looking, nut-filled slabs of chocolate. We go macadamia with the dark stuff. A definite reason to stop in on your next lunchbreak.