Melbourne is here!
Well, almost. Sort of. Ish.
I’ve been watching the progression of chocolate parlours northwards over the years. First Max Brenner, then Chocolateria San Churro (which really sat dipping its toes in the water in Maroochydore for some time before before taking the plunge into Brisbane itself).. Finally, Koko Black has made it here.
Among the three players, I have always tended to see Koko Black as the most grown-up version. Max Brenner is perhaps the most for the young set, with assorted sweet chocolate desserts. Waffles, chocolate sundaes, cakes with accoutrements.. San Churro had its focus initially on hot chocolate, then also branched out to more desserts.
Koko Black, however, was chocolatier first, decadent chocolate desserts second. The first shop in Melbourne, on Lygon Street, was chocolate sales on the ground floor, and cafe area upstairs.
It has transformed somewhat in its migration here. Koko Black in Melbourne is all dark wood tables, black (faux) leather couches and armchairs, carved cherubs hanging from chandeliers. An atmospheric European winter hideaway. Here, it is minimalist Scandinavian cafe lite. Flat profile woolly fabric-lined armless chairs, small square tables.. It feels like they were decorating on a budget.
Still, the main event, the chocolate, is here. Again, the sales counter is the first thing you encounter when you walk in. Pretty pralines and truffles are yours for the buying and taking away either selected from the glass display or in pre-packed boxes and bags.
Despite the pared-back appearance, the cafe has exquisite chocolate desserts the Melbourne salon carries. These are richer chocolate, and less sweet than the other chocolate shoppes.
For a bit of a sample of everything across the menu, have the Belgian Spoil. Pralines, cake, mousse, ice cream.. What else could you ask for? Be warned, it is rich. A Belgian iced chocolate may well tip you over the edge. Manageable if you share it all though. If you’re willing to share.
The only other issue with this place revolves around location and opening hours. This is the place you want to be able to go for dessert after dinner out. The problem is that it is only open after 1700 on a Thursday, and unless you are in the Indooroopily area, it isn’t quite as quickly accessible.
Price point: Belgian Spoil $16. Individual desserts $9.50 to $10.50. Chocolate drinks from $6.50 to $8.50.
Value: It’s chocolate. It’s good.
Location: Shop 2132, Level 2 Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, 322 Moggill Road, Indooroopilly
Phone: 07 3878 8153