Sunday, December 8, 2013
Merkel and Myrtle dined with some friends at the House of Chow on 82 Hutt Street recently. The House of Chow has established itself as a Chinese restaurant with an excellent reputation. The food, service and décor are very good.
Asian restaurants are not usually noted for serving hot chocolates but Merkel decided to try one at the House of Chow. It came in a glass with a handle and saucer. The drink came with complimentary chocolate mint and was topped with a froth and sprinkle of chocolate powder. The taste was creamy and chocolaty. The cost was $3.50. It was good to see that the restaurant considered every detail including the standard of the hot chocolate.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Café Ivy at 230 The Parade, Norwood has recently opened. It is in the same block of shops as the the American Candy Stand Cupcake Café. Café Ivy provides a menu with a number of Italian and Greek dishes and friendly table service. There is plenty of seating inside and on the wide footpath of the Parade.
The hot chocolate came in a glass and saucer with two marshmallows. The drink was topped with a white froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder. The drink was a little weak and did not have a good chocolate flavour. White hot chocolate is also available. The cost was four dollars.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Paddy’s Lantern is a little café and coffee retailer at 219 Gilbert Street in the Adelaide CBD. They provide specialist coffees and do range of light meals featuring some delicious specialty breads from the Mylor Bakery. The café is narrow shop which looks like a converted Besser Block warehouse, but there is comfortable seating inside and on the footpath.
The hot chocolate came in a glass and saucer and was topped with a brown forth and a latte art design. The glass was hot and a napkin would have been useful, however the chocolate flavour was rich, dark and flavoursome. The cost was $4.00 for the regular sized drink.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
My impression of Perth was that food and beverages are more expensive than in Adelaide and a similar quality. I would have loved to visit a couple of the specialist chocolate places there but did not have the opportunity this visit. In Perth Airport I thought I should try the Grinders stall in the domestic terminal.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Miss Maud has a number of Swedish pastry houses around Perth. I attended the one in the Belmont Forum Shopping centre. There is a Swedish theme to the shops with the staff dressed in national costume. The menu is a fairly standard café menu.
The hot chocolate came in a branded mug with two marshmallows. It was a light and frothy hot chocolate in the Swiss milk chocolate style. It was pleasant but not chocolaty enough for my taste. The cost was $5.10.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Merkel has been a frequent visitor at Cocolat in Rundle Street so he relished the opportunity to try Cocolat at Adelaide Airport before he flew off to Perth. The shop is in the domestic terminal and provides the similar décor to the Rundle Street shop. The menu was the same but the selection of cakes was probably smaller. Nevertheless the chocolate jaffa cake was still a delight.
Merkel tried the Chilli Hot Chocolate. It was served in a tall glass with a handle. The drink was topped with a white froth and chocolate flakes and marshmallow was provided. This drink packed a punch and with good chilli and chocolate flavour in a creamy drink. The cost was $4.30 although larger mugs were also available for $6.30.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
One of the advertisers on this page is the Bowden redevelopment which is construction of a whole suburb where the Clipsal factories used to be. Readers will see the Life More Interesting advertisement come up occasionally. Click on it see the details of this new housing development. Your reviewer visited the site of this development recently and found a garden, a café and an office housing the model of the proposed development. The Café was called Plant13 and I paid it a visit.
Plant 13 is at 16 Park Terrace, Bowden. It is the old Parkview Hotel and is referred to as Plant 13 because it stood between Plant 12 and Plant14 of the old Clipsal buildings. The café specialises in American dishes and has plenty of seating inside and outside. The lunch menu is brief, with American dishes like pork ribs, tortillas and fried chicken. There are a range of American beers to drink with your meal. It is also open for breakfast and dinner.
The hot chocolate came in a green ceramic cup and saucer topped with a froth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder. The drink was good and rich and cost $3.50.