From now until Mother’s Day, chocoholics should pop in to The Grace Hotel to indulge in a menu of chocolate treats from Australia’s oldest family-run chocolate maker, Haigh’s.
They’ve been making fine chocolates since 1915, and if you purchase an item from the Chocolate Indulgence Menu served in the Grace Café, you’ll also receive a voucher giving you a 10% discount from the Haigh’s store in the nearby Strand Arcade.
I was accompanied by the lovely nurse_nihilist for my chocolate adventure. We decided that weary shoppers may find the perfect way to recharge in a steaming mug of Haigh’s Hot Chocolate ($6.50). She found it a little powdery, but after trying other menu items, we decided it was a characteristic of the chocolate itself.
You may also enjoy a slice of Chocolate Cheesecake ($14) on the side? It’s so rich and substantial that I suggest you share.
You can also enjoy a two-fork tango in their signature Chocolate Fondue ($18), served with marshmallows, cubes of cake and seasonal fruits; in our case lovely strawberries and less successful rockmelon. We couldn't work out why they chose rockmelon - it was too watery, and the chocolate wouldn't even stick to it - much less taste very good with it. The gingery sponge pieces, fresh strawberries and marshmallows were all much better matches for the rich chocolate.
Chocolate Indulgence at Cafe Grace, The Grace Hotel (available until Mother's Day)
Cnr King & York Streets, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9272 6626