A couple of weeks ago we (meaning, my girlfriends) managed to organise a night out and amazingly enough EVERYONE bar one showed up! It was my first introduction to the Chocolate Boutique in Parnell – and I honestly don’t know how I had never heard of it before.
Seriously. Go there if you get the chance. It’s so cute and quaint, and a great place to go for dessert or a quick sweet treat. You can also buy all sorts of chocolate goodies (which methinks would make great presents) and even sugarfree chocolate for diabetics (which was a huge coincidence, as my mum had just been wondering about where to find such chocolate – she’s going back to Malaysia to see my uncle, who recently developed diabetes).
I had the chocolate raspberry tart; insanely rich and so satisfying. And the prices were pretty reasonable. Mine cost under $5, with other desserts running up to $7 or around $12 for dishes big enough for two to share. The one disappointment was my friend B’s chocolate pudding, which she said tasted just like the choc fudge cake from Denny’s.
We also felt a bit rushed, getting there at 9.45pm and being told the kitchen closed in 9.50! Not only was it insane trying to get an inside table, we then had to fly through the menu and quickly pick out something – not easy given the huge range of delicious things on offer. And when we snapped a few photos of us pulling faces and tucking in, the staff came over to tell us that we couldn’t take photos of the inside of the shop (not that we were – just of our food and each other).
After that we discovered this funky retro phone booth just outside – which we just HAD to crowd into for a quick photo – and then ran down the street in the pouring rain to a pub where we chilled out for a couple of hours! A good night all around.